Applications & Enrolment

Information about the number of students who attend our universities

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Total Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrolment from 2000-01 to 2009-10

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

Applicants and Registrants:

The fall 2009 data for applicants and registrants will be posted shortly.

The following chart shows a summary of the Total First-Year Undergraduate Applicants and Registrants from 2000 to 2008. Beginning in 2003, OCAD and UOIT are included. Also in 2003, changes in the secondary school system in Ontario produced a "double-cohort" caused by both the last OAC class (Grade 13) and the first Grade 12 (new standardized curriculum) class graduating in the same year. 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.

Source: COU Application Statistics

Applicants and Registered Applicants by Program and Gender, 2008

Female registered applicants account for 55% of the total. Commerce and Business (55.5%) and Engineering and Applied Science (82.2%) are the only program areas that have a higher percentage of male registered applicants. Total number of applicants is 131,214. Total number of registered applicants is 73,497.

Source: COU Application Statistics 2008

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. The Ontario government has taken notable steps to increase graduate enrolment in the province through its Reaching Higher plan. It provided support to increase graduate enrolment from about 25,000 in 2002-03 to about 37,000 in 2008-09, an increase of 12,000. Further funding was made available to increase graduate enrolment by an additional 2,000 students by 2009-10. More recently, the government announced an additional 1,300 new spaces which will be phased in by 2011-12.

Ontario still underperforms relative to the United States in university graduation rates, particularly at the graduate level. In its 2009 Annual Report, the Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress found that per thousand population Ontario only awards 0.99 Master’s degrees compared to 2.01 in the United States (see chart below).

Ontario and United States Degrees Awarded per 1000 Population

Graph shows Ontario and US Degrees Awarded per 1000 Population (Ontario: Calendar Year 2006, US Academic year 2005-06)
Source: Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity Analysis using Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 477-0014 and US Department of Education, National Centre for Education Statistics
Note: First Professional degrees include primarily those for legal professions, medical doctors and dentists.