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U of T Scarborough the choice for even more students

U of T Scarborough is an increasingly popular choice for Ontario high school students, even as the applications to universities across the province overall are in decline.

This year, the total number of applications to UTSC from high school students in Ontario is up by four per cent, putting it among the top five increases in the province. This is despite the fact that the number of high school applicants in Ontario overall is down by 1.8 per cent. 

Students are showing a growing interest in opportunities to apply their education, a particular strength of the Scarborough campus.

“The demand for career-focused, hands-on academic training is clear,” says Shelby Verboven, UTSC’s recruitment director. “Students see the benefits of combining a rigorous university education with relevant work in their chosen field.”

All of the campus’s Co-op programs have experienced a jump in applications. The most dramatic increases can be seen in International Development Studies (up 44 per cent) and Arts (up 31 per cent).

“Experiential learning isn’t just a slogan at UTSC,” says Curtis Cole, registrar at U of T Scarborough. “And it’s not just Co-op. Our faculty have designed many courses and programs to give students the opportunity to use real-world experiences to build on their classroom learning.”

Other programs receiving significant increases in applications are Computer Science, up by 26 per cent, and Paramedicine, offered jointly with Centennial College, has seen a 32 per cent increase in Ontario high school students making the program their first choice.

“We’re excited to see so many top students choosing our campus,” says Verboven. “I can’t wait to welcome them to UTSC in September!”


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