(CHINADAILY) — NEW YORK – Park Kwan-hyun spent four years at Beverly Hills High School earning the straight A’s and high test scores he thought would get him into the University of California (UC), San Diego. They weren’t enough.

The public university admitted 1,460 fewer California residents this year to accept higher-paying international students.

“I was shocked,” said Park, who also was rejected from four other UC schools, including the top-ranked campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles, even with a 4.0 grade-point average and an SAT score above the UC San Diego average.

The UC public higher-education system, rocked by budget cuts, is enrolling record numbers of out-of-state and international students, who pay almost twice as much as in-state residents.

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