OCAD scores highest acceptance rate

among Ontario universities

(Toronto—June 3, 2009) The rate of Ontario high school students accepting an offer of admission from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) soared by 33.2%, the largest such increase of any university in Ontario, the university announced today.

According to data from the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC):

  • 33.2% more Ontario high school students accepted an offer of admission from OCAD than in 2008; and
  • 39% more Ontario high school students who chose OCAD as their first choice of university accepted an offer of admission from OCAD than in 2008.

“These numbers reflect the growing demand for university education in art, media and design,” said Jan Sage, Director, Admissions & Recruitment. “At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, OCAD is helping Ontario to meet this demand by providing students with an education in art and design that considers real-world contexts such as cultural diversity, global citizenship, emerging technologies, and health and wellness.”

High school students wishing to attend a university in Ontario must apply through OUAC. Applicants rank universities in their order of preference. This year, OCAD saw a 22 percent increase over 2008 in the number of Ontario high school students who made OCAD their first choice of university in the province.

Overall, OCAD made 1766 offers of admission, of which 1016 were accepted, with the acceptances split almost evenly between the university’s Faculty of Art (507) and its Faculty of Design (509).

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)


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