Trent University Experiences Greatest Increase in Ontario for New Applications


Applications to Trent from Secondary School Students
Increase 14.9 per cent

Monday, January 18, 2010, Peterborough

The Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) has confirmed that Trent University received the largest increase among Ontario universities in domestic applications for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year.

Secondary School Students
Applications to Trent University for full-time students increased a substantial 14.9 per cent over the previous year. This increase is the highest recorded among all universities in Ontario. The overall provincial increase for secondary applications is 2.1 per cent.

Trent experienced increases in all categories of applications: first choice (13.2 per cent), second choice (17.8 per cent) and third choice (16.7 per cent). For 2010, over 375,278 applications were received from secondary school students to Ontario’s universities, up from 367,739 in 2009.

Transfer Students
Applications from domestic transfer students to Trent University increased 5.8 per cent from the previous year. The overall provincial increase for transfer students is 0.5 per cent.

Dr. James D. A. Parker, vice president, Research, Strategic Enrolment Management and International, attributed the increases to a number of factors.

“The Trent University community worked hard this past year to revise its recruitment strategies, to more effectively reach out to potential students, including adopting a new territorial management system, creating some new scholarship programs, renewing our print and media promotional materials, and launching a new award-winning virtual tour,” he said.

Vice President Parker added that, “Application numbers confirm that the quality of the liberal arts and science programming provided by Trent, combined with our award winning teaching and research, is resonating with more prospective students.” 

In the coming months, the University will focus its efforts on converting applicants into registrants for the next academic year and analyzing how the number of incoming students will impact the University's budget. Outcomes from Trent’s on-going, University-wide integrated planning process will inform the development of future recruitment strategies and messaging.


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For more information about application numbers, please contact:
Dr. James Parker, Vice President, Research, Strategic Enrolment Management and International, Trent University, (705) 748-1011, ext. 7935