Rising enrolment numbers buck provincial trend

By Communications Staff
June 12, 2014

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First-year university enrolment projections for the 2014 academic year released today demonstrate a growing number of top students are attracted by the exceptional learning experience provided by Western.

Ontario Universities’ Application Centre statistics show that Western’s confirmations from Ontario high school students (across all applicant choices first, second and third) have increased by 11.6 per cent over last year — while the overall Ontario system is down by 3 per cent.

“Western provides the best student experience both inside and outside the classroom, and as a result we continue to attract the highest quality students – provincially, nationally and internationally – while maintaining very high admissions standards,” said Lori Gribbon, director of undergraduate recruitment and admissions at Western.

Western’s applications and confirmations from out-of-province and international students have also increased significantly this year. Applications have increased by 10.4 per cent and confirmations have increased by 14 per cent, compared to the Ontario-wide increase of 5.3 per cent.

“Western’s admissions numbers reflect the collaborative efforts of the faculty and staff across our campus,” said Janice Deakin, provost and vice-president (academic). “From achieving excellence in teaching and research, to maintaining an academically challenging and beautiful campus environment in which our students can thrive, Western has been very focused on providing an exceptional learning experience that is sought after by top-quality applicants.”

Western also launched a number of new recruitment initiatives over the past year, including a social media campaign, enhancements to e-newsletters, a new aerial video of campus, several new student video testimonials, and additional out of province and international communications efforts.

“In addition to a more personal recruitment program, we have also found that prospective students are attracted to The Western Guarantee,” Gribbon said. “With admission scholarships, financial aid, guaranteed courses, a spot in residence, and the prospect of accessing Canada’s best student experience, students and their families are discovering that Western is the ideal place to create a foundation for their future.”


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