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Applications & Enrolment

Information about the number of students who attend our universities

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Total Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrolment from 2005-06 to 2012-13

Note: Includes eligible and ineligible students. Prepared with data from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Applicants and Registrants:

The following chart shows a summary of the total first-year full-time undergraduate applicants and registrants from Fall 2005 to 2012. The number of applicants to Ontario universities has been increasing year over year. Ontario universities share the Province’s major objective of expanding access to increase the proportion of Ontarians who have completed a university degree.

FIRST-YEAR FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS AND REGISTRANTS, FALL 2005 TO 2012

Source: COU Application Statistics

The following chart shows the percentage distribution by gender and program for first-year full-time registrants in 2012. Female registrants account for 55.3 per cent of the total first-year, full-time enrolment. Commerce and Business (57.6 per cent) and Engineering and Applied Science (80.6 per cent) are the only program areas that have a higher percentage of male registrants than females.

FIRST-YEAR FULL-TIME REGISTRANTS BY PROGRAM AND GENDER, FALL 2012

Source: COU Application Statistics 2012

A NOTE ON GRADUATE ENROLMENT:

Highly skilled graduate students are critical to Ontario’s future. They conduct cutting edge research, replenish faculty ranks, address the human resources needs of both private and public sectors, and translate innovation into commercial activity. Since 2003, the Ontario government has taken notable steps to increase graduate enrolment. Between 2003 and 2011, the government added funding for 15,000 additional graduate spaces. In the 2011 budget, the government announced funding for an additional 6,000 graduate spaces; the final graduate expansion may be extended beyond 2017-18.  

Please note that the additional spaces noted above are only for students that are eligible for funding. Students that are ineligible funding  includes those enrolled in a program that has not received approval from MTCU, those whose maximum number of BIUs have been reported, those who are registered but inactive or those enrolled in a joint/collaborative program with a college or another university where that student is counted fully by the other institution.

The chart below includes total graduate enrolment (eligible and ineligible).