Growing demand for admission confirms value that universities provide to
TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - High school students are more eager than ever
to study at universities across the province to ensure they are
equipped with the right credentials and skills, according to the
application statistics released today by the Ontario Universities'
Application Centre (OUAC).
The report, which follows the January 12 deadline for secondary school
applicants, indicates that the number of high school students applying
to university is 88,626, a 2.4 per cent increase over the last year.
Collectively, they made 383,403 applications, an increase of 2.2 per
cent. This represents a 49 per cent increase since 2000, and continues
a rising trend that has not faltered, even after the double cohort
years, when there were Ontario high school graduates from both Grade 12
"The continuous increase in demand for postsecondary education shows the
importance that students place on the knowledge economy," says Sheldon
Levy, Chair of COU and President of Ryerson University. "At least
two-thirds of the jobs being created today will require some higher
education. Increased application and applicant numbers show that
universities will continue to contribute highly skilled and adaptable
graduates to the workforce throughout our province."
The numbers will be marginally higher over the coming months, as the
application centre continues to process those that come in after the
"A well-educated population will provide competitive advantages to our
province and our country, because it will provide a pool of talent to
exploit business opportunities and contribute to social innovation,"
says Bonnie M. Patterson, COU President and CEO.
The number of other people applying to university such as mature
students, those takeing a gap year, transferring from another
institution or country is also increasing, although the final numbers
are not available for this group because they do not have to apply
until April. There are currently 19,002 so-called "105 applicants," an
increase of 2.6 per cent over the comparable date last year.
SOURCE Council of Ontario Universities
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