All offers and rejections for our Engineering programs have now been posted on our Quest system and the offers eventually show up on the OUAC system too. Every year’s admissions seems to get a little more challenging and complicated and this year was no different with about 13,000 applications and the launch of our new Architectural Engineering program. As usual, there are a few happy people and a lot that are not so happy. For perspective, a few statistics might be helpful:
- Applications overall were up between 5 and 10%, but a few programs stood out. Namely, Computer and Systems Design Engineering applications were up about 30% each, and Biomedical up about 15%. Increased applications means higher competition and more rejections since the available spaces didn’t change.
- Overall, about 75% of our applicants did not receive an offer. For some programs like Software and Biomedical Engineering, closer to 90% of applicants didn’t receive offers since there were so many applicants and a very limited number of spaces.
- As usual, we gave out some alternate choice offers in a number of programs, although there are limits to how many we will offer in any one program. This year, a lot of Software applicants put Computer Engineering as an alternate, which makes some sense. But with the 30% increase in Computer applications, there was quite a bottleneck and many were no doubt surprised to get no offer.
At this stage, all of our spaces are now allocated and we wait until the summer to see if the predicted number of people accept the offers. We don’t have an appeal or reconsideration process, because the spaces are filled to the limits (and beyond). We make more offers than there are spaces, with the assumption that a certain fraction will choose to go somewhere else. Generally our predictions are accurate within 1 or 2%, and there are usually no spaces opening up during the summer.
For those with offers to engineering and are thinking about wanting to change programs, our suggestion is to forget about it. Recent experience suggests that it is not likely to happen because of space limitations in most programs, even after first year. The engineering programs have no obligation to take transfers, and lately many have refused to do so. Therefore, if you’re not reasonably sure that you will be satisfied with the offer you have, you should seriously consider another offer. Our open house event for admitted applicants on Saturday May 26 is a good last chance to visit and discuss your potential future program with faculty and students.