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UOIT first in Ontario for first-year enrolment growth

OSHAWA, Ont. - For the second consecutive year, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) was number one in Ontario for first-year enrolment growth in September 2004. Now, despite a system-wide decline of 6.5 per cent, UOIT has seen applications from secondary school students rise by 15.6 per cent and is the provincial leader for first-choice applications at 32.3 per cent.

"The increase in first choices across the system was 2.5 per cent. The fact that so many students are choosing UOIT as their first choice proves that we are delivering on our promises of first-rate faculty and outstanding program choices," said Richard Levin, registrar for UOIT. "Students applying to UOIT are attracted to our strong program offerings, technological emphasis, leading edge facilities, as well as world class instructors and researchers."

In only its second year of operation, UOIT has 1,800 students studying in a range of fields including Business, Engineering, Science, Social Science, Education, Health Science, and Nursing.

"We are thrilled to see the number of students who are choosing UOIT," said Gary Polonsky, president. "The environment here is quite distinctive, vibrant and new, with a lot more to come. We are interested in meeting these applicants to learn more about their goals and anticipated futures, as well as how we can make their ideas happen."

The Ontario Universities' Application Centre is still reviewing applications, so the current figures remain preliminary. A more complete report on secondary applications is expected in February.


About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading-edge research, and hands-on skills. The university offers career-focused undergraduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, social science, and education. It is also developing leading-edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has over 1,800 students following 16 months of operation. To find out more, visit or call 1.866.844.8648.

About Ontario Tech University
A modern, forwarding-thinking university, Ontario Tech advances the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, regional development and social innovation. We inspire and equip our students and our graduates to make a positive impact in a tech-focused world. For us, it’s not only about developing the next tech breakthrough. Understanding and integrating the social and ethical implications of technology differentiates us as university. Learn more at

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