How come Johnny who had a straight A average in high school can’t get in to William and Mary or U.VA, Virginia’s two Ivy League-like premier universities? Northern Virginia students are hit especially hard with this reality, since regardless of what is said, there is a quota. If there weren’t, the premium northern Virginia schools would take up all the slots and the rest of the state would be out in the cold.
Part of the problem has always been that out-of-state students take up slots that Virginia students would like to have. Why are these spots give to out-of-staters? MONEY. The out-of-state students pay higher tuition. The ratio of out-of-state students to Virginia students crawls upward during hard times, like the ones we are in now. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Richmond, Va. —
The University of Virginia expects 3,246 first-year students to move in Saturday, among them 1,035 who are from out of state.
Of 1,404 freshmen who will arrive Aug. 25 at the College of William and Mary, 522 are non-Virginians.
Like their in-state peers, they’ll feel the impact of rising tuition costs — and then some.
The two schools more than comply with a state law that requires public colleges and universities to charge out-of-state students the full cost of their education.
All the state’s public schools exceed the per-student cost by a statewide average of 151 percent, the report found.
But it’s the in-state, out-of-state numbers at Virginia’s two “public ivies” that draw the most attention.
For school officials, out-of-state students are an extra source of revenue for tight budgets.
This year, U.Va. expects to generate $78.9 million, or 37 percent of tuition revenue, from in-state undergraduates but $132.2 million, or 63 percent, from out-of-state undergraduates. That’s despite in-state students making up nearly 69 percent of undergraduates, spokeswoman Carol Wood said.
According to the State Council of Higher Education report, U.Va. charges an average tuition of $27,699 for nonresidents, although the calculated cost per student is $16,037. (The figures are based on enrollmentweighted tuition averages for both undergraduate and graduate students.)
For Virginia parents, such revenue figures underlie worries that their children will lose coveted seats to nonresidents. State lawmakers hear so many complaints about straight-A students denied admission that some tried unsuccessfully during the last General Assembly session to force schools to admit more Virginia students.
“An in-state student would never compete against an out-of-state student,” he said.
U.Va. uses “a holistic approach” that’s “a bit of an art and a bit of a science” in reviewing applications, he said. That extends to the waiting list, from which U.Va. took about 200 students this year.
Wait-listed students do not receive a numeric rank, Roberts said, but are evaluated based on the needs of the school to which they applied.
“There is not a formula or a chart or a grid or a graph that dictates decisions for us,” he said.
U.Va. and other state schools maintain about the same ratio for in-state students from year to year. Based on preliminary enrollment figures, U.Va. expects new students, including transfers and freshmen, will be 68.6 percent in-state, down slightly from 70 percent last fall
Students should definitely have plan B and C as they begin to narrow their college choices. Additionally, students should not overlook the best deal in town, the community college. The instruction is excellent and those attending the community colleges save thousands of dollars while getting the routine classes out of the way. It isn’t as glamourous but college isn’t always about glamour.
At the end of the day there is one thing to remember: University undergraduate programs exist to support a graduate school. Research and development, Publish or Perish are all very real entities. There are professors making 6 figures teaching 1 class–all on your dime while Little Johnny goes to school.
While Americans are rioting over things, they ought to definitely go after NCLB, but while they are at it, start asking some questions about your public universities. Look at salaries and what those responsibilities are that go along with those big salaries. You won’t be pleased.
PS–listen to the BS from the college people quotes…did you expect any differently?