The University of California and the Cal State universities are in serious financial trouble. This reality is finally resonating with teenagers, which is why more of them have applied outside the state instead of assuming that their Cal State or UC admission applications will be successful.
With the UC And Cal State schools experiencing their biggest financial crisis ever, the number of California high schools seniors applying to college outside California has jumped dramatically.
This week the San Jose Mercury News compiled a short list of year-to-year increases in college applications from Californians at some out-of-state schools. Here is what they found:
- Arizona State University 24%
- Colgate University 15%
- College of Wooster 62%
- Swarthmore College 16%
- University of Delaware 36%
- University of Pennsylvania 22%
- University of Virginia 24%
- University of Washington 22%
- Villanova University 34%
Frankly, I’ve long advocated that California students cast a wide net and look at colleges in other states. I’d argue that California kids are hot everywhere, but on the West Coast.
My own son, who is a high school senior at High Tech High in San Diego, didn’t even apply to any UC or Cal State schools. Ben only applied to private liberal arts colleges outside of the state, but despite their high price tags he will be paying less than if he had gone to UC Berkeley, UCLA, or UCSD. All the colleges that he’s heard from have given him college scholarships and grants that will cut the price in about half. If Ben had headed to a UC school in the fall, we would have had to pay the full price.
Is this migration of smart teenagers a good thing for the state? Probably not, but I don’t see any realistic alternatives.