UC regents approve cap on out of state and international student enrollment

Daniel Kim/Senior Staff

The UC Board of Regents voted to approve the establishment of a nonresident student enrollment policy for university campuses in the board’s open session Thursday afternoon.

“This is an important and complex issue,” Regent John Pérez, who voted in favor of the item. “It’s a product of a more deliberative, more concentrated piece of work. I will support it because I think it represents very good work and it moves in the right direction.”

Beginning in fall 2018, university campuses will be capped at 18 percent nonresident student enrollment, unless their 2017-18 undergraduate student body already has a rate exceeding that level. At those campuses, which would include UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine, nonresident enrollment would be capped at no more than the levels of nonresident enrollment in the 2017-18 year.

Most board regents voted in support of the proposed policy, with Regents Hadi Makarechian and Gareth Elliott in dissent.

“What are we doing to this university? We are building a wall,” Regent Makarechian said at the meeting, explaining his vote against the proposal.

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  • roccolore

    From the same school that is a “sanctuary campus” for illegals.

  • Left Unsaid

    No limit on the number of illegals admitted. DREAMers still get preference over US citizens from other states? Separate and more than equal.

  • Given the university’s budget issues, this policy makes no sense. If people from outside California are willing to pay a premium to attend our universities, why would we stop them? If it matters, I am speaking as a lifelong Californian (and a transfer student to Berkeley from a California community college).

    • Sam Marion

      Since the UC campuses are public schools, they receive taxpayer dollars directly from the government, which comes from CA residents.

      California applicants (or rather, their families) have been paying to the state, and therefore UC operations, for years (typically for their entire lives).

      Taxes in California aren’t exactly minimal. Yes, tuition is decreased for CA residents, but it’s because their family’s income has been depleted (sometimes significantly, as more job pay = more taxes on your income = less money) because of taxes ever since they were born. My parents, for example, gave 40% of their income to the state solely for taxes (not whining here, just stating personal experience). Nonresidents don’t have this obligation. I’d say trying to admit CA residents would be fair then. Surprising that a Berkeley alumnus wouldn’t know this….