Applications to U of G, Guelph-Humber Rise

January 17, 2008 - News Release

Total applications to the University of Guelph and 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 students who named U of G or Guelph-Humber as their "first choice" university increased by nearly 19 per cent.

The January "snapshot" of applications to universities across Ontario includes students seeking admission to U of G's main campus and to the University of Guelph-Humber.

These figures show that 21,034 applications were made to the Guelph campus, which plans to accept about 4,000 students next fall. That amounts to an overall increase of 12.6 per cent in applications.

Both first- and second-choice applications to the Guelph campus increased by 17 per cent, and third-choice applications went up by nearly 12 per cent.

"We are delighted that Guelph continues to be a popular choice among qualified and motivated students," said 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 are up 30, 18 and 22 per cent respectively at Guelph-Humber, which expects to admit about 850 students to its eight programs next fall.

"This is great news for us and growth that we anticipated and hoped for," said 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 rose by 5.1 per cent — the highest demand for first-year spots since the double cohort.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982,

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