A new report suggests that getting into UMass Amherst is more difficult for Massachusetts residents than it is for those who live outside the state.
This is according to a new study by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute that challenges the widely accepted notion that out-of-state applicants are held to more rigorous academic standards than their Massachusetts counterparts.
Western Mass News reached out to UMass officials and they said the report is simply not true.
"I think it makes sense. There's a lot more in-state applicants than out of state, so it makes sense that they would have to be more selective with larger body of applicants," said Oliver Jauns of Cambridge.
UMass campus Spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski said enrollment of in-state students has actually increased over the past 10 years.
Blaguszewski said the number of Massachusetts residents has grown from 15,907 in 2008 to 16,798 in 2017.
He told Western Mass News that the university's enrollment of out-of-state students has increased but that’s because state support for UMass has stagnated.
Blaguszewski said out-of-state enrollment is one way that UMass offsets the decline in funding.
Of the 22,000 undergraduate students, UMass enrolled nearly 5,000 out-of-state students in 2017 to 2018.
This produces a net revenue gain of about $136 million
While Massachusetts residents are split on the findings of the report, they say there's no denying why its beneficial for students to want to stay in-state.
"It's probably cheaper. There's more of a community that they're already a part of," said Siena Burgess of Cummington.
Blaguszewksi added that UMass' in-state enrollment last year was 77 percent higher than the flagship campuses in a number of other states.
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