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Letter to the Editor: Virginia Universities Should Accept More In-State Students

A McLean resident sounds off on Virginia students being accepted into Virginia colleges and universities.

Dear Editor,

It’s January and with January brings the most common concern of high school seniors, that’s college acceptance! Are you in?  Are you out? Where are you going? How will we pay? This is all high school seniors are thinking about right now, as I was right there with them last year applying to Virginia colleges. With many of my high school classmates having their eyes set on William & Mary as their first choice, I did a little research and found out how fortunate I was to have gotten into William & Mary. William & Mary provides 32 percent of our college spots to out of state students. That makes it very difficult for many of our best and brightest Virginia students, including my classmates, to get in. 

That is why I was pleased to hear Delegate Comstock discuss her bill for more in state college spots when I attended the McLean Community Association Town hall last week.  This bill will increase the in-state slots guaranteed for Virginia’s students to 75 percent -- a reasonable and a modest goal.  This increase will allow more qualified Virginia students to attend Virginia’s schools and will provide these students and their parents with more reasonable tuition bills than they would face at a private college.  I appreciate the work Delegate Comstock has done to get us more in state college spots at Virginia colleges and universities and I hope all of our local Delegates and Senators will join her and do the right thing for Virginia students and families.

Kyle McCauley, McLean, Va.

R. January 09, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Couldn't agree more! It is shameful that so many talented and qualified Virginia students end up at out of state public and private schools, paying significantly higher costs, when our taxpayers dollar goes to making Virginia colleges and universities the excellent schools that they are. The percentage of instate students accepted to Virginia schools should be greatly increased across the board. It should be very hard for out of state students to get in Virginia schools, not the reverse!
irvin varkonyi January 09, 2013 at 09:43 PM
The current approximate level of funding by the Virginia General Assembly to our institutions of higher learning including community and four year colleges is 11%. Therefor only 11 cents out of every dollar of expenses for colleges is paid by the Virginia taxpayer. If we want more of our Virginia high schoolers to enter our colleges, would you be willing to increase your taxes so that the General Assembly will increase the funding necessary to offset the loss of higher revenue out of state students?
Brenda Burtnett January 09, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Many other state universities only admit 6-10% from out -of-state. Out of state tuition at UVA is a bargain. Maybe one should think to increase tuition to the out of state residents at Virginia state schools.....not continually tax VA residents.
Mama C January 10, 2013 at 01:25 AM
That is a great idea. If out of state students had to pay a larger amount, it would help offset accepting a greater percentage of in state students. It is shameful that in state student admission at Va colleges is so low.
Heather Barber February 16, 2013 at 06:39 AM
I sure wish this comment thread had as much participation as say, for example, the one about homeschoolers participating in public school sports. This issue is way more important to Virginia citizens overall and has been an utter travesty for far too long. I suspect that students from Northern Virginia are shut out of state schools in larger numbers than students from other areas. I don't have statistics to back up the claim but would bet on it nevertheless. It's time to raise awareness and put pressure on state legislators to do something about it!

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