Report: UMass has too many out-of-state students

Students on the campus of UMass Amherst.
Students on the campus of UMass Amherst. –Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

The Pioneer Institute will release a report on Thursday that criticizes the University of Massachusetts for admitting too many out-of-state students, reports The Boston Globe.

The report, from the Massachusetts-based think tank, accuses the UMass system of concentrating recruiting efforts on students who live outside of the state. According to the study, the number of out-of-state students across the UMass system increased 85 percent since 2008, while in-state enrollment has increased 19 percent. UMass Amherst accepted more non-Massachusetts residents than residents last year for the first time ever. It’s become a trend that state universities across the country are relying on out-of-state and international students who pay higher tuition, reports the Globe.

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“All this is making it much tougher for Massachusetts high school graduates to get into UMass Amherst,” Gregory Sullivan, the former state inspector general and the study’s lead researcher, told the Globe. “UMass Amherst has gotten out of reach for many kids.”

Martin T. Meehan, UMass president, said the report favors private colleges over public ones.

“This report was essentially ‘written’ before the study was launched, and it is equally clear that Pioneer has an agenda of protecting those Massachusetts private institutions that haven’t been able to keep up with UMass in terms of enrollment, rankings, and stature,” Meehan told the Globe.

Read the full story in the Globe.

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