Western’s rising enrolment numbers for 2014 buck provincial trend

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

Ontario Universities’ Application Centre statistics show that Western’s confirmations from Ontario high school students (across all applicant choices -1st, 2nd and 3rd+) have increased by 11.6% over last year — while the overall Ontario system is down by 3.0%.

“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% and confirmations have increased by 14.0%, compared to the Ontario-wide increase of 5.3%.

“Western’s admissions numbers reflect the collaborative efforts of the faculty and staff across our campus,” said Janice Deakin, Provost & 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,” said Gribbon. “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.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Ledgley, Senior Media Relations Officer, Western University, sledgley@uwo.ca, 519-661-2111, ext. 85283

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