Funding agencies from 12 countries streamline
international research collaboration
Des organismes de 12 pays facilitent le financement
de la recherche internationale
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University applications fall in less
populous parts of Ontario
The drop in applications from high school students could affect operating grants and will challenge
some universities financially
universities in some regions of Ontario are
under increasing financial pressure as applications
from high school students decline in those areas.
At the same time, the provincial government has
begun to review the formula it uses to allocate
funding to the province’s 20 universities, adding
further uncertainty to the situation.
University applications submitted by high
school students declined in 2015 for the second
consecutive year, to 412,096, down 0.6 percent
from 2014 and down 1. 4 percent from the previ-
ous year, according to the Ontario Universities’
Application Centre. The drop reflects a decline
in the number of university-aged students in the
province, a trend that is expected to continue for
several more years.
While acceptances by students in this age
group rose slightly to 71,624, there was a wide
discrepancy among institutions. Schools in
Toronto and its surrounding areas generally saw
steady growth while universities in less populous
regions were down. Confirmations declined by
17. 2 percent at Algoma University in Sault Ste.
Marie, 16. 5 percent at Lakehead University in
Thunder Bay, 14. 3 percent at Laurentian Univer-
sity in Sudbury, and 8. 9 percent at the University
of Windsor. To be sure, first-year acceptances are
not a mirror of total enrolment; enrolment fig-
ures for Ontario will be released later this fall.
Overall enrolment levels are expected to
remain flat over the next five years, said Chris
Monahan, director of research and planning at
the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges
Ontario undergraduate applications
This graph shows the change in Ontario
university applications and acceptances
by graduating high school students over
10 years (2006-2015).
Source: Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, August 16, 2015 data.
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
University applications by graduating
high school students
Acceptances by graduating high