The percentage of out of staters at state universities is on the rise and this has everything to do with tuition costs. It used to be that out of staters applying to state universities (i.e., an Illinois native applying to the University of Michigan or a New Yorker applying to the University of North Carolina) had tougher admissions odds. It would make sense that state universities would favor citizens from these very states, after all.
But this isn’t true anymore as, increasingly, the admissions rate for out of staters is higher than for in staters. It’s getting easier for the out of staters…and why? Because they pay more money and universities need money these days! This is one way for universities to make money when they’re increasingly having to take a red pen to their budgets. Admitting more international students (full pays) is an example of yet another way for colleges to make more loot.
According to “The Daily Beast,” “At Berkeley, 39 percent of out-of-state applicants received the proverbial fat envelope, compared with only 24 percent of California applicants. And opposed to five years ago, when out-of-state kids saw a 22 percent acceptance rate at Berkeley—compared with in-staters’ 25 percent—the trend is looking good for out-of-state applicants.” And it’s all because of money with out of staters, on average, paying two to five times the amount of money, according to “The Daily Beast.”