Good news for out of state residents and foreign students looking for college admission at a University of California. The UC's have just announced their intent to increase non-resident enrollment this year; nearly one-third of the existing student body is comprised of out-of-state students. Though the UC's primary reason for changing their college admission policy is generating additional revenue, this is a change that will ultimately create a multitude of ancillary benefits.
More out-of-state students mean a more diverse learning environment. This is particularly true when it comes to students from other countries. College admission will still be competitive, but the landscape of the student demographic will be transforming. Foreign students, who already face an uphill battle in the college admission process because of language and cultural barriers, may find the new policy a reason for renewed optimism.
The personal statement
can be a real challenge for foreign students who often excel in many academic areas but struggle with formal writing. College admission depends upon a solid personal statement. Fortunately, the UC's transition will open up opportunities for foreign students to draw attention to their backgrounds; the personal statement is an ideal venue to let themselves shine.
Post-graduate programs at other universities are also shifting their college admission policy to attract students from around the globe. This will help graduates to keep pace with the increase in international continuity within the workforce. Given the import of the University of California in trend-setting, one can only hope that this new approach to college admission will begin to diversify and enrich many generations of students to come.
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