MYTHBUSTERS: Non-Resident Enrollment

With state budget negotiations still fresh in the minds of many Californians, arm yourself with the facts regarding resident and non-resident enrollment at UCLA. This is the first entry in an ongoing series.



MYTH: UCLA enrolls close to half its campus from outside of California, displacing local students in the process.


• While 40 percent of those offered admission to UCLA for Fall 2015 come from outside of California, only 28 percent of newly enrolled students in the fall will be non-residents. Approximately 20 percent of UCLA’s total undergraduate enrollment is non-resident.

• Because non-resident students pay roughly $23,000 a year more than Californians, they help preserve access for Californians by providing additional funding that offsets prior state budget reductions. With that extra money, UCLA can maintain in-state enrollment and prevent steep tuition hikes.

• Of the 16,027 students admitted to UCLA for Fall 2015, 9,351 come from California, and 30 percent of those students are from low-income families. Thirty-one percent do not have a parent who graduated from a four-year college. UCLA admits a diverse number of students from many different backgrounds.

• UCLA has been recognized as a top-rated university globally. Out-of-state and international students help create an atmosphere on campus where students can learn to live and work in an increasingly diverse, global environment.

• Many out-of-state students choose to stay in California after graduation, contributing to the state’s economy and in myriad other ways.

• Since 2007, resident enrollment at UCLA has remained steady. Growth of non-resident students has been in addition to a stable resident student population.

Freshman Resident Enrollment


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