By Alexei Koseff
Do qualified resident applicants to the University of California get turned away from their school of choice and referred to the campus at Merced because out-of-state students are taking their spots?

State auditor Elaine Howle argued Wednesday that a UC policy guaranteeing all eligible Californians admission somewhere in the system also demonstrates how thousands of them have been displaced through recent policies increasing recruitment and enrollment of students from outside the state and overseas.

According to UC data compiled by Howle’s office, nonresident enrollment exploded by 82 percent between the 2010-11 and 2013-14 academic years, while the number of Californians actually dropped at the most popular campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego.

During the same time, thousands of resident high school seniors rejected from other campuses were offered a spot at Merced, which fewer than 3 percent of them accepted. There are nearly 80 percent more students being referred to an alternative UC campus than a decade ago, though the number has fluctuated between 9,000 and 12,000 for most of the past seven years.

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[Source]: Sacramento Bee