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Krmpotich surprised by increase

Wednesday, January 22, 2014   by: Staff



SAULT STE. MARIE - On the heels of a 4.6% overall increase in the number of applications from high school applicants to Algoma University in 2013, preliminary data from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) shows a 7.5% increase in the number of applications the University has received for 2014.
Algoma U received a total of 828 applications from high school students prior to the application deadline of January 15, 2014.

"We were a bit surprised to see such an increase, as our data points throughout the fall indicated that we would be flat, if not down a percent or two this year," said Director of Student Recruitment, Brent Krmpotich.

"We had a strong couple of days leading up to the application deadline."

He also noted that the increase has been achieved in the face of an overall provincial decline in the number of applications received, from 410,963 in January of 2013, to just 407,510 this year.

Only 8 of Ontario's 21 public universities saw application increases this year.

Also encouraging are the number of students who chose Algoma University first on their application, up 8.2% from the previous year.

Although applications are up, growth is being driven largely by a handful of high demand programs, including Business and Psychology.

Geographically, the growth is in students from southern Ontario, specifically in small to medium sized cities outside of the major urban centres.

The University is in the third 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.

 "Despite the decline in numbers across the province we're continuing to see more students interested in attending Algoma U," said Krmpotich. "Our message seems to be resonating with students."

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flyhawk25 1/22/2014 9:58:02 AM Report

AU is a jewel in our community.
Good stuff.
soowat 1/22/2014 10:05:36 AM Report


As the parent of a son whose experience at A.U.when he went to add to his existing post secondary qualifications was, to be kind, very negative I respectfully disagree with your description of A.U. as a jewel.

On the bright side, I now have an excuse to visit Ottawa because SSM lost another young person
justsomeguy 1/22/2014 10:12:25 AM Report

I attended AUC while working toward a 2nd BA from 2005-2007. Based on this article I'm assuming there have been some significant improvements. I wasn't impressed at all during those 2 years.
algoma terra ventures 1/22/2014 11:27:42 AM Report

With the price of attending university - esp the first 2 yrs outside of your community and the increased cost assosciated with it; who can afford to send their kids away. The first 2 yrs at almost any university is the same basic courses. Add your accommodation, meals, travel expenses etc while you're away- it adds up substantially. And let's not forget if you apply and receive OSAP - which has to be paid back. That's just way too much debt.
BP7245 1/22/2014 12:42:00 PM Report

the application numbers are up, and the overall annual growth keeps increasing, but the retention rates are absolutely horrible, and the student population is still sitting at 1600 students spread over 4 campuses. As for tuition fees, students in Ontario are paying the highest rates in Canada, averaged at $7200 per year, just for tuition. Algoma sits just under this average.
BP7245 1/22/2014 12:46:10 PM Report

Also, the university keeps failing to ask the students why they are leaving to attend other larger post-secondary institutions
OMGWTF 1/22/2014 1:58:54 PM Report

Why would anyone take Psych here or anywhere else? Everyone I know who's taken it have no jobs in it, using it or with whatever they learned from this course. I can see it as a marketing or business course for learning consumer behaviour but really, a "degree" in it is pretty useless.
steelworker 1/22/2014 3:14:17 PM Report

Go to Algoma and take one of several courses that have nothing to do with the real world. Pay lots for tuition but learn how to say "You want fries with that?" while paying off a staggering student loan. The only people making money at Algoma U. are the staff and faculty at Algoma U.
BP7245 1/22/2014 4:48:06 PM Report

actually the only people making any money is the administration at the university that benefit from the students, also known as "business income units"....the university is run like a business, with the students being the customers
stuey 1/22/2014 6:34:44 PM Report

Ya Go take a trade course at Sault College then go get a job anywhere in Canada. It's pretty hard to "offshore" trades jobs.
S.M.A.R.T. 1/22/2014 8:00:29 PM Report

After reading the comments, I'm wondering how come registration is so much higher than anticipated at AU. The comments sure don't paint a very positive picture. As for learning a trade, I cannot understand how so many young people keep ignoring this so promising educational avenue to employment. I have to believe that the academic mentality endemic to secondary schools may be more conducive than we would like to consider, to kids not choosing a more practical kind of education.
Y.B.P.C. 1/22/2014 8:07:18 PM Report

most of the comments here are ridiculous.

Justsomeguy - complaints about your "second BA"!? you should give your head a shake for taking a second BA in the first place - don't blame AUC for that decision.

BP(whatever) - why would running the University like a business be a bad thing? If it behaved like a business and made money (which I can't imagine it does) that would mean less tax payer $.

I'll keep it simple for you dummies: The moral of the story here is AUC growing = good for local economy.
steelworker 1/23/2014 6:51:41 AM Report

The real moral of the story is: Algoma U keeps growing=more students payng back massive loans and working at Wal-mart.
mosquitos 1/23/2014 7:47:24 AM Report

It's not like kids can walk into a job after high school anymore. Go to post secondary, then drop out, get a service industry job and make $40K for life, which should be the poverty line. This province is dying!
BP7245 1/23/2014 8:55:13 AM Report

the public does not even know half of what is actually happening
BP7245 1/23/2014 4:02:08 PM Report

public services require public funding, plain and simple. Post secondary education is a public service that every single person is entitled to....if the same thing that is happening to post secondary education in this province, or anywhere in Canada, was happening just the same to say health care, the average person would not tolerate it for a second, yet students are constantly fighting back with no result. Just because students pay more does not in any way mean that the taxpayer pays less
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