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U of T Scarborough receives highest number of applicants in its history

More than 20,000 high school students applied to undergraduate programs at U of T Scarborough this year, the most in campus history. (Photo by Ken Jones)

It was a banner year for the University of Toronto Scarborough in more ways than one.

More than 20,000 prospective students applied to undergraduate programs at U of T Scarborough this year, the most in campus history.

“It’s exciting and gratifying to see that more students than ever are choosing our campus to study,” says Shelby Verboven, Director of Admissions & Student Recruitment .

The Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), which is responsible for processing applications to universities across the province, reported a 2.9 per cent increase over last year in total applications from Ontario high school students to Ontario universities.

U of T Scarborough’s increase of 14 per cent is significantly higher than the system average. In fact, Trent University was the only other institution to receive a double digit increase in applications from Ontario high school students. 

Verboven says the increase illustrates that students are choosing U of T Scarborough for its combination of rigorous academic programs that combine relevant training in the field.

“Students are attracted by the prestige of earning a degree from a world-renowned university, together with the supportive and tight-knit community you get here on campus.”

The most significant increases in applications to programs include: 87 per cent for Psychology and Health Sciences, 68 per cent for Physical and Environmental Science, 52 per cent for Social Sciences and Humanities programs including Visual and Performing Arts as well as Arts Management and Media, and 49 per cent for Mathematical and Computer Sciences.

International applications are also up. There was a 59 per cent increase from the United Arab Emirates and a 68 per cent increase from India. Meanwhile, there may be something to the “Trump Bump” – there’s been a 58 per cent increase in applications from the United States.

U of T Scarborough has launched a number of activities in these countries in order to leverage a significant increase in interest that are all designed to encourage these students to accept their offers of admission, notes Verboven. 

In total, U of T Scarborough received applications from students in 142 different countries. 


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