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Students choosing UOIT in greater numbers

On the heels of the announcement that the federal and provincial governments are investing $73.4 million in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to deliver additional features to ACE-Global and build a 100,000-square-foot Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, the university today announced it is seeing a 15.9-per cent increase in the number of students confirming UOIT as their post-secondary home for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The increase represents the period ending June 1, 2009 with 1,996* students accepting UOIT's offer of admission, versus 1,722* at the same time last year.

"UOIT is thrilled to see this strong increase in the number of students who have already committed to us for the upcoming academic year," said Joe Stokes, assistant registrar, UOIT. "This increase clearly indicates the impact our unique career-focused approach to today's competitive, post-secondary education environment is having on students who are looking to pursue employment in areas that will help ensure Durham Region, the province and Canada are ready to meet the demands of the new economy."

At this point in the 2009 admission cycle more than 8,700* students have applied to UOIT for September, with more than 5,900* students being offered a spot in one its full-time programs, an increase of more than 10.5 per cent over last year. In addition, according to the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) the number of high school students confirming UOIT as their first choice for post-secondary education has increased by 6.4 per cent with the system average sitting at only 2.3 per cent.

The numbers also show a significant increase in application numbers over previous years to the faculties of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, Engineering and Applied Science and Health Sciences along with consistent interest in programs that fall under the umbrella of the faculties of Business and Information Technology and Education.

UOIT's impressive results can be attributed to its world-class professors and commitment to providing students with academically challenging programs - a commitment that saw the university rank number one against 58 other universities across the country for its level of academic challenge in the Maclean's 2009 University Student Issue published earlier this year.

"We are 100-per cent committed to creating programs that provide our graduates with the education and training needed to become leaders in the jobs of tomorrow," said Victoria Choy, registrar, UOIT. "These numbers demonstrate that potential students are taking notice of the many opportunities available to them through UOIT. From our leading-edge programs to our state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional professors, we are pleased to acknowledge their growing confidence in the university."

After only six short years, the student population at UOIT is anticipated to reach over 5800* undergraduate students and 350* graduate students by September 2009. In addition, the university has attracted more than $18.3 million in research funding including contracts and grants from the provincial and federal governments and industry and research foundations. These are some of the reasons why UOIT was one of the youngest institutions to be named to the prestigious Canada Top 50 Research Universities List for 2008 by Research Infosource.

*Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, UOIT

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