Before you get too excited, read my explanation below. This is a super crappy deal.
The UC press release (May 18, 2017) states that, under the new policy, “nonresident enrollment will be capped at 18 percent.” But for the four campuses that have already exceeded the cap (Berkeley, UCI, UCLA, UCSD), “nonresident enrollment will be capped at the proportion that each campus enrolls in the 2017–18 academic year.”
Basically this means the most competitive UCs can still take a lot of nonresident students, while other UCs are free to take more nonresident students because they haven’t hit the cap. The campuses that have historically low nonresident enrollment will be conveniently used to balance the systemwide limit. This completely defeats the purpose of implementing a cap!!!
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