UC Berkeley to Admit Additional Non-Residents

Plan to Enroll up to 600 More Out-Of-State Students Could Generate $29.5 Million by the Fourth Year

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In another development in the campus's ongoing budget crisis, UC Berkeley may admit up to 600 additional out-of-state students to help raise more revenue.

In fall 2008, UC Berkeley had 2,725 non-resident students out of a total of 25,151 undergraduates, including 2,500 undergraduate spots that are not funded by the state, said campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore.

"It is only (the under-funded slots) that will be used for out-of-state students," she said.

Though Gilmore did not offer details on how much revenue an increase in non-resident enrollment would bring or how officials determined how many more out-of-state students can be admitted, she said in the e-mail that current plans incorporated a proposal from a faculty task force.

The proposal estimated that changes in admissions policy would help the campus generate an additional $7 million in net revenue starting in fall 2010 with an increase to approximately $29.5 million in net revenue by the fourth year, Gilmore said.

Hans Johnson, associate director of research at the Public Policy Institute of California, said while it is unfortunate that the campus will potentially admit fewer resident students, budget constraints may force the campus to admit more out-of-state students.

"(The university is) not being fully funded for the number of students they would normally enroll from California," he said. "So they are forced to either enroll more students from California that they don't have funds for or make up some of the difference by enrolling students that pay much higher tuition and fees than California students."

Out-of-state students currently pay $16,209 per semester in fees, whereas resident students pay $4,874.

But Johnson added that it should not be difficult for UC Berkeley to fill the new admissions slots due to the amount of students worldwide who wish to enroll at the campus.

He said other campuses, such as UC Merced, might not be able to use this strategy to offset state budget cuts because they do not receive as many out-of-state applicants.

Adrian Griffin, assistant director of the state Postsecondary Education Commission, said the admissions changes would help ensure the financial solvency of the UC system.

Griffin said more money for the university would mean campuses such as UC Berkeley will be able to admit more students of any category, particularly in-state students.

"I've seen articles wrongly characterizing this as pushing out Californian students," he said. "But because these folks are paying out-of-state tuition, this means more revenue to the university."

But UC Berkeley sophomore Mike Lim said he believed the campus was not being held accountable to the needs of California's students.

"(UC Berkeley) is a public institution for the state of California," Lim said. "I feel like diversity and everything is great, but I think its primary acceptance should be people in the state."


Contact Mihir Zaveri at [email protected]

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