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UC admission harder than ever for Californians

Original post made by Parent of Senior, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 1, 2014

From a San Jose Mercury article:

The promise of an elite public university education for California's top high school students continues to fade as record numbers of qualified in-state applicants are being rejected from every UC campus they applied to.

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Posted by TP
a resident of Downtown North
on May 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Blame the Tea Party for cutting back on UC funding.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 2, 2014 at 6:22 am


We've had a Democratic Party controlled legislature for decades. Nice try on the trolling though.

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Posted by Education for Sale
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

It seems that a UC education, once the right of any qualified California student, is now for sale only to the highest bidder.

Those highest bidders are students from China, whose governments pay in full for their UC education.

Seems rather like a form of prostitution, no?

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Posted by Own Parachute
a resident of Stanford
on May 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

It is UC's own position papers, policies, and politics that have created this mess.

These have resulted in spending in California far beyond our means. While those in California who actually pay income tax pay near the top or at the top of the nation per capita, the load per child (including children whose parents who have a net income from the government) has gone up as well as the number of children who must be educated.

It is the "help everyone every way we can figure out and damn the cost" approach that put us here, and UC has been a large part of supporting and propagating it.

We need to be more effective with our state government spending. Then UC will be be able to receive more from the state budget.

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Posted by I Wish
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Those Texans take care of their residents.

Freshman profile of UT Austin:

Texas residents: 91%
Out-of-state students: 8%
International students: 1%

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm

And also remember STANFORD!!! Jane Stanford said she was building a university for the CHILDREN OF CALIFORNIA!!
Another big joke.

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Posted by former Paly parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

Yeah, but Stanford is a private university and entitled to whatever private admissions scheme they prefer.
The University of California is a vaunted nationally respected public university system supported by our California taxpayer dollars. California is a huge state with a great number of students already, with many interested in admissions to the U of C.
I think it is a COMPLETE outrage that admissions are limited and quite often challenging (and really so, for specific majors) for IN-STATE residents while China pays for it's (endless) supply of applicants to fill up student slots, albeit at a higher tuition rate.

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Posted by former Paly parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

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Posted by Another Paly parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I used to work in the financial aid office of a 4 year University, and what I saw were international students paying full tuition for the first couple of years and then applying and receiving lots of financial aid in their third and fourth year, and many times fifth year. Many later applied for aid as in-state students.

I felt that a lot of financial aid (grants and loans) was given out to international graduate students as well. Sometimes these graduate students were working on a second graduate degree to prolong their stay in the US.

Financial aid was also given out to help with housing and food costs, and all students were competing for limited spaces for subsidized on-campus housing.

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Posted by HS parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 15, 2014 at 7:05 am

We're sending our son to AZ because UC cannot serve us. Then I'm gonna vote against any fundraising taxes for UC forever. They lose our support.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

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Let's see: 11% of UC budget comes from the California general fund

Perhaps they should set up a UC Singapore campus to enroll international students as a profit center

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