U of G, Guelph-Humber see increase of 14 per cent
Applications to U of G and the University of Guelph-Humber are up more than 14 per cent this year — nearly triple the system average — according to recent figures from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). In addition, the number of applicants who named U of G or Guelph-Humber their “first choice” rose nearly 19 per cent.
OUAC figures show that 21,034 applications were made to Guelph's main campus, an overall increase of 12.6 per cent. Both first- and second-choice applications rose 17 per cent, and third-choice applications were up nearly 12 per cent. U of G plans to accept about 4,000 students on the main campus next fall.
“We are delighted that Guelph continues to be a popular choice among qualified and motivated students,” says president Alastair Summerlee. “As always, it's a testament to the strength of our reputation, the diversity of our programs and our incredible faculty, staff and alumni.”
Guelph-Humber received 3,449 applications, an increase of 24.7 per cent. First-, second- and third-choice applications were up 30, 18 and 22 per cent respectively. Guelph-Humber expects to admit about 850 students to its eight programs next fall.
“This is great news for us and is growth that we anticipated and hoped for,” says John Walsh, Guelph-Humber's vice-provost (chief academic officer). “The University of Guelph-Humber is gaining momentum and recognition, and we continue to increase the numbers, strength and depth of our applicant pool, which helps ensure quality students and programs.”
System-wide, applications to Ontario universities are up 5.1 per cent — the highest demand for first-year spots since the double cohort.