For some time I have been telling my clients how the competition to get into one of the University of California campuses would be get harder due to the state budget cuts. Now this fact is being fully disclosed by university officials.
Let me take a moment and explain why this is the case. Simply put, out of state and international students pay more.
Now university officials have publicly admitted that 23% of those students admitted this year were out of state and international students who pay nearly three times more than California residents to attend.
So you can understand how the UC system is now looking towards out of state and international students to help bridge the financial gap left by recent budget cuts.
Although the UC system accepted a record 80,289 freshmen there was a decrease of 4% of California residents that were accepted. The university further stated that competition keeps getting stiffer for California residents stating that the admission rate for California residents dropped from 69.7% last year to 65.8% this year.
What Does this All Mean?
It is obvious that this trend will only increase in the years to come. The UC system will continue to increase the number of out of state and international students they accept. We all understand the state’s budget problems are nowhere near being solved, and this means there will be additional budget cuts affecting all sectors of the state in the years to come.
One thing is for sure, parents and students cannot simply expect to apply and be accepted. Those days are long gone. Today, it is extremely important that your student have a plan and a proven strategy for applying to these universities. There are a host of small, but very important issues that every student applying must know. Many of these strategies are not known by the average college counselor. So, it is important that your arm with the latest and most accurate information before applying.
Let me help you by inviting you to attend our next FREE college planning workshop. At this college planning workshop I will cover many key items you need to know to give you the advantage when applying to a top university.