TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - High school students continue to apply to
Ontario universities in record numbers, recognizing that a university
education will give them essential life skills such as problem solving
and critical thinking, and workforce benefits including higher earnings
and career potential.
The number of secondary students applying to first-year programs
increased by 2.4 per cent over last year, according to information
released by the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. A total of
92,554 secondary students applied. Since 2000, secondary school
applicants to Ontario universities have increased by 56.3 per cent, a
trend that is expected to continue.
Early indications show that the number of non-high school applicants is
up 2.3 per cent year-over-year, although this figure will increase as
they continue to apply to university programs. When tallied, the
current total of first-year applicants to date from both high school
and non-high school pathways is 117,700.
"Growing demand for a university education shows that students believe a
degree is the best investment they can make in their future," says
Alastair Summerlee, Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guelph.
"Universities are preparing students for that future with rigourous
academic programs, innovative practices in teaching and learning,
increased online and technology blended learning opportunities,
expanded experiential learning experiences, and a robust range of
Even amidst the recession, 87.5 per cent of university students who
finished their programs in 2009, found employment within six months of
graduating and 93.1 per cent were employed within two years. In
comparison, 2008-2009 college graduates had an employment rate of 84.8
per cent one year after graduation. Ontario university graduates earn
approximately 32 per cent more annually than those with a college
certificate or diploma, and 53 per cent more than those with no
Graduates are also putting their degrees to use - 76.3 per cent of
university students working full-time within six months of graduation
considered their work "closely" or "somewhat" related to their
education. This figure increases to 82.3 per cent after two years.
Ontario universities are not only preparing students for existing jobs -
they are also helping them create their own jobs through a wide range
of entrepreneurship opportunities including academic programs and
"Students want an education that prepares them to meet the challenges of
the world today and the flexibility and skills to adapt to whatever
emerges tomorrow," says Bonnie M. Patterson, COU President and CEO.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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