Top ten reasons for going out of state: Texas rule has qualified students looking elsewhere.
The reason is that qualified Texas students who fall short of the 10 percent cut believe they won't be able to get into the state's top schools. Critics of the law say it excludes these students from admission to state schools such as the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.
At first glance, the numbers appear to support those claims: This year, 70 percent of the University of Texas freshman class was admitted under the top 10 percent rule. But a recent survey by Princeton University researchers debunks the charge. From a random sample of 5,200 Texas college freshmen, the researchers found that nearly three out of four high-achieving students who didn't make the top cut were still able to attend either Texas A&M University or UT, if they wanted to.
Perception is everything, however, and students who fall short of the Top Ten mark believe they will have more success applying elsewhere. That's fine with other state schools, which are taking advantage of the "Texodus" by targeting recruitment efforts to those students who don't make the cut. Besides the increased demographic diversity it provides, higher out-of-state tuition adds significantly to university coffers. "Texas is a very ripe place for us," says Dawn Medley, director of Admissions at the University of Arkansas. "You have really good, high-achieving kids there and there's lots of anxiety--enough that kids are Looking out of state. It's made our job easier," she told reporters.
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2004|
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