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OCAD experiences major increase in enrolment

(Toronto—September 14, 2009) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) today announced that its enrolments of first-year students from Ontario secondary schools have increased by 30% over last year, according to a report from the Ontario Universities’ Applications Centre (OUAC). In addition, enrolments of all other first-year students, including out-of-province, international and mature students, have increased by 14% over the previous academic year.

“The number of first-year enrolments from Ontario secondary schools represents a dramatic rise for OCAD, and they surpass figures published by all other Ontario universities for this year,” said Jan Sage, Director of Admissions and Recruitment for OCAD.

“OCAD offered the same number of admissions to students from Ontario secondary schools this year as we did in 2008,” said Sage. “So while we maintained our same high level of academic standards, a significantly higher number of students chose OCAD this year,” explained Sage. “In fact, 79% of all first-year students enrolled this fall selected OCAD as their first choice post-secondary institution. That’s a positive shift for OCAD,” concluded Sage.

“OCAD’s reputation as a leading university specializing in art and design education continues to reach new audiences,” said Sarah McKinnon, Vice-President, Academic. “Our disciplinary and new cross-disciplinary academic programs, our growing research profile, our leadership in digital media along with enhanced recruitment strategies, for example, are all drivers contributing to the extraordinary enrolment figures and the attraction for many new students.”

As part of the university’s ongoing commitment to its students, OCAD also announced last week the launch of a major new fundraising campaign, the Student Assistance Challenge, dedicated to addressing the increasing need for financial support. The Student Assistance Challenge is part of an overall plan of OCAD fundraising initiatives reflecting a dedicated community committed to opportunity for students and the operational growth and capital expansion to fund strategic plans.

To learn more, visit www.ocad.ca.

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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