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UMass Criticized Over Out-Of-State Students


A study from a conservative-leaning think tank is criticizing the University of Massachusetts for admitting too many out-of-state students.

Pioneer Institute Research Director Greg Sullivan says an 85 percent increase in out-of-state student enrollment at UMass since 2008 is crowding out Massachusetts high school graduates.

"We are recommending that the legislature and the board of trustees at UMass put a cap on out-of-state admissions at the current level," said Sullivan.

UMass Amherst spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said the study is flawed. He said 76 percent of the undergraduates at the flagship campus are Massachusetts residents.

"So, we are educating more Massachusetts students today than we ever have," said Blaguszewski.

He  said the higher tuition paid by out-of-state students helps to subsidize the education of Massachusetts residents.