Volume 95, Issue 76

Friday, February 15, 2002

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Statistics recently released by the Ontario University Application Centre shows applications to Western have shot up dramatically this year.

According to the report, the total number of applications to Western has risen 24.3 per cent from last year. That increase is 4.1 per cent higher than the provincial average.

The number of students who made Western their first choice increased by 22.5 per cent.

Roma Harris, Western's vice-provost and registrar, said the statistics indicate how enthusuastic high school students are to attend Western.

"The level of interest in Western reflects the effort across campus among staff, professors and alumni," Harris said. Faculty and staff have been working hard to make Western an excellent destination for students who want to pursue higher education, she added.

OUAC executive director Gregory Marcotte said out of the 70,000 applications OUAC has received so far this year, 5,000 to 6,000 were from students who have chosen to fast-track through high school to avoid the double cohort crunch expected next year.

Tanya Cholakov, spokeswoman for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, largely credited the double cohort for this increase.

Cholakov said a record number of students should be applying to universities in 2003.

Marcotte noted Western has successfully gained the interest of high school students, but questioned how many additional students the school will be able to accommodate.

"Over the period of three years, Western and affiliate colleges will take approximately 2,500 more students compared to 1998-1999," Harris said.

The provincial government is committed to providing accessibility for all students who apply to university, Cholakov said. As part of the government's SuperBuild initiative which has provided funding for infrastructure at universities across the province the government will help create 73,000 spaces for new students at Ontario universities, she explained.

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