As of January 14, 2004, 71,222 secondary school students had applied to admission to Ontario universities. Total full-time university student enrolment is expected to top 326,000 in fall 2004, representing an increase of 5.1 % over last year, or 28.6% over 2001. The year-over-year comparison is featured below.
Three factors have created the growth in enrolment: secondary school reform resulting in university-bound students from the former curriculum and the new curriculum seeking admission at the same time; rising participation rates; and an increase in the 18- to 24-year-old population.
Detailed institutional figures are posted on the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre web site (www.ouac.on.ca).
Enrolment at Ontario Universities
(Fall Full-Time Headcount)
|#s||% change||#s||% change||#s||% change|
|2003-04 (prel. est.)2||277,100||13.6%||33,100||7.6%||310,200||12.9%|
|Three-Year Cumulative Increase||65,681||29.2%||6,775||24.0%||72,456||28.6%|
Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities¹ and COU² (Jan. 2004). Note: excludes part-time students.
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For further information:
Vice-President, Policy and Analysis
(416) 979-2165 ext. 209
Richard Van Loon
Chair of Council and President of Carleton University