There’s good news for students wondering if there will be space for them at York amid the looming entry of the double cohort.
Presidents of Ontario universities, in the company of Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (above, left), recently confirmed that plans are in place to accommodate 70,000 Ontario high school graduates at Ontario’s universities this September. York will have space for 8,180 students.
“The Government is ensuring that the resources are available to continue to accommodate all willing and qualified students. The province’s universities, in turn, are delivering the increased spaces,” said Mordechai Rozanski, Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities. “To do this, given the dramatic increase in numbers, is an extraordinary achievement.”
Cunningham said of the government’s commitment: “Beginning with our plan for students in the double cohort, we have clearly put Ontario at the forefront in Canada in building a postsecondary system that will prepare our students for the opportunities of the 21st century.”
Rozanski added, “Students and their parents have been asking about student prospects for admission to an Ontario university this year, and it is immensely gratifying to be able to give them the assurance that they can expect opportunities for admission that are comparable to those for the students who have gone before them.”
Applications for admission to Ontario universities for fall 2003 have increased by approximately 46 percent over the same time in the previous year, in large part due to secondary school reform, which finds university-bound students from the former five-year curriculum and the new four-year curriculum seeking admission at the same time. Approximately 102,000 Ontario secondary students have applied for admission to an Ontario university this fall. If the historical proportion of applicants to registrants is maintained, about 68 percent of these applicants will end up registering at an Ontario university, resulting in an incoming class of almost 70,000 students.
Ontario’s universities now have plans to provide places for these students. The universities have committed themselves to accommodate 70,000 students from Ontario secondary schools.
The announcement represents the completion of a multi-staged plan to provide all qualified students with the opportunity to pursue a university education. Enrolment Target Agreements (ETAs) between each university and the government outline the specific number of additional students that each university is committed to enrolling. The resultant distribution of enrolments, by institution, of students from Ontario secondary schools, is shown below.
“The government’s significant investments have enhanced the universities’ capacity to accommodate additional students and provide them with the quality education they deserve,” said Ian Clark, president of the universities council.
Institution space, totalling 70,000:
- BROCK UNIVERSITY 3,540
- CARLETON UNIVERSITY 4,110
- UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH (includes Guelph-Humber) 4,770
- LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY 1,940
- LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY (includes Algoma & Hearst) 1,700
- McMASTER UNIVERSITY 4,330
- NIPISSING UNIVERSITY 1,070
- ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN 670
- UNIVERSITY OF ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 510
- UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA 4,500
- QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY 2,750
- RYERSON UNIVERSITY 3,350
- UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO 10,000
- TRENT UNIVERSITY 1,720
- UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO 4,750
- UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO 5,760
- WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY 3,020
- UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR 3,330
- YORK UNIVERSITY 8,180