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Fact: the economy kinda sucks. Another fact: out-of-state students pay higher fees than California residents.

Now, you’re all smart Berkeley kids and are fully capable of adding these two up. And so it really shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise to hear that UC Berkeley’s out-of-state acceptances hit a record high this year. Apparently, non-California kids will make up 18.5 percent of Berkeley’s incoming freshman class.

While many feel that this sort of economic-based preference is unfair to qualified California students, others argue that the additional funds will “help UC Berkeley maintain academic excellence for all students.” Oh, can’t we all just get along?

Well, whoever’s side you’re on, it looks like the Cali-natives are going to have to amp up the flip-flop/tank top wearing—just for the sake of balance.

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UC Berkeley Acceptances From Outside California Hit Record High [Mercury News]
Out-of-State Admissions Spike at UC Berkeley [Daily Californian]