It’s been quite a while since last posting, as various higher priority things arose, such as managing the admissions process, teaching various courses, and directing several larger research projects. Things are still quite busy, but there is time for a quick overview of what’s happened as we gear up for the next admission cycle for September 2018.
For the 2017 cycle just finished, in very rough numbers…
- we had around 12,500 applicants for our 1,600 spaces in Engineering. That was a couple of hundred more than last year.
- we had a significant rise in applications from people in the U.S., possibly because of our increasing presence there by alumni, co-op students, and other friends of the university?
- our estimates worked out well and the programs were filled to capacity.
- as in previous years, Biomedical and Software Engineering were highly competitive, and the rest not too far behind. I’ll work on a new “chances” post for the fall, but there probably aren’t going to be very big differences from the Chances 2017 version.
- as always, picking a few applicants from among so many good ones continued to be challenging. As an indication, over 3,000 applicants with 90+% averages did not receive an offer to any engineering program. Unfortunately we just don’t have enough facilities, space, faculty and staff to take any more.
There are lots of other interesting (hopefully?) things I plan to post in the coming weeks and months about admissions, research, our students, and engineering in general.