Soaring applications point to another Algoma U enrolment recordMonday, February 04, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
First choice applications to Algoma U very strong
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (February 4, 2013) - Interest in Algoma University continues to soar.
Preliminary numbers from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) show an 18.1 percent increase in the number of applicants from high school who have made Algoma their top choice.
This is the highest increase among Ontario's 20 public universities.
The overall number of applicants applying to the Ontario system is up by 4.6 percent.
"This is a significant increase in what is probably the best indicator of next September's incoming class size," said Director of Student Recruitment Brent Krmpotich. "If the trend we've seen in recent years holds, we will have the largest class of direct from high school students this university has seen."
The university is in the second year of its Small University, Big Education marketing campaign, designed to show students the benefits of attending the only truly small university in the province.
Classes capped at 65 students, opportunities to take part in research as an undergrad, and some of the best scholarships in Ontario are just a few of the reasons that more students from out of region are choosing Algoma U.
"We've done a better job of identifying those students who are interested in Algoma U, and have really worked hard to show them why they should consider coming here," said Krmpotich. "These numbers reflect changes to our marketing and recruitment strategy that were designed to focus our attention on those students who are the right fit for Algoma."
The increase in students comes largely from Southern Ontario and especially from smaller communities.
For the first time in the University's history, last year's intake had more students from outside of Sault Ste. Marie than from the local area.
This year, students from Southern Ontario comprise over 70 percent of all high school applicants to the university.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in psychology, computer science, business administration, fine arts, community economic & social development, and biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
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