It’s been a hectic few weeks with many of our Admissions team working late nights and weekends, but our last round of Engineering admission offers are starting to come out. The OUAC Form 101 offers (i.e. Ontario high school applicants) are posted to Quest (our internal system) and will show up on OUAC soon (if not already). The OUAC Form 105 offers are in progress and should show up on Quest in the next day or two. At this point in the admission cycle there will now be groups of happy and unhappy people, so a few preliminary observations to put it in context. I’ll try to post additional information and suggestions in the coming weeks.
This year we had about 9000 applicants to Engineering. About 5500 did not get offers, so our “selectivity” is around 0.39 (i.e. 39% of applicants got offers). In a previous post about selectivity, our number was 0.44. So it has obviously gotten more difficult to get an offer this year. This is not by design, it’s simply a function of more applicants for a fixed number of available spaces. We already run at the limits of our capacity in classrooms, labs, and teaching resources, so taking more students is not presently feasible.
This year the competition was significantly tougher for the spaces in Chemical, Nanotechnology, Software, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mechanical seemed to be a bit tougher too. The other programs were at similar competition levels as last year.
It’s sort of shocking to have to turn down so many good applicants, many with grades in the 80’s and 90’s, and I’m sure they are shocked too. But we don’t have much choice. Too much popularity and not enough capacity.