The University of California increased the number of out-of-state freshmen it offered admission to this fall, while offering slightly fewer freshman spots to California residents.
Some state lawmakers have criticized UC leaders for not prioritizing California residents enough.
This year, the admission rate for out-of-state freshmen increased more than four percent, while resident admissions dropped almost two percent.
But UC Vice Chancellor of admissions Steve Handel says resident students are the priority and admissions numbers are much different from enrollment.
“California resident students who are admitted, enroll at our campuses at a much higher rate than students who apply from out of state,” Handel said.
Handel noted that the UC system decided this year to cap out-of-state enrollment at 20 percent of admitted students.
But most UC campuses are actually sitting well below that threshold, so enrollment could still increase this year.