Things have been quite busy for me lately with admissions, teaching, and research activities. I’ve heard (although I haven’t seen any specific data yet) that our application numbers are up between 10 and 20% again so far this year. Looks like it’s shaping up to to be another very busy admissions cycle, and to complicate matters we’re a bit short on staff. We will have to sort that out in early 2016.
A common question we get is about how many spaces there are in various programs, so here is a summary of what we’re using for the 2016 classes:
Number of Available Spaces
Biomedical 55 (an increase of 5 from last year)
Computer + Electrical 360 (combined)
Mechatronics 175 (an increase of 5)
Systems Design 90
Another common question is how many applicants there are. This is a bit complicated and somewhat variable, so I’ll just break it down by number of applicants per available space in a more generic way. This is based on the applicant choice on the OUAC application, not including second & third choices specified on the AIF.
Number of Applicants Per Space
Biomedical: about 17
Chemical, Civil, Computer + Electrical, Mechanical, Software: 8 to 9
Environmental, Geological, Management, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology, Systems Design: 4 to 5
If you compare these numbers with the Chances post, you might notice something interesting. Some of our more competitive programs (e.g. Mechatronics) don’t actually have as many applicants as some of the lesser competitive ones (e.g. Civil). The message from this: it’s not necessarily how many applicants there are, but it also depends on what their marks are like. Software and Civil have similar numbers of applicants per space, but obviously a lot of the Software applicants also have quite high marks, so the competitive grades are higher.
This may be interesting, but for an applicant it’s not all that important. As always, we encourage people to apply to what most interests them, and just hope for the best.