Things are moving along nicely for our Engineering admissions. The Ontario high school applications are submitted (a few continue to trickle in), and the out-of-province applications will be winding up and closing at the end of February. Here are a few observations and comments:
- Overall application numbers look similar to last year, possibly a few percent higher. I would anticipate competition levels for most programs to be similar to last year.
- Applications to our new Biomedical Engineering program jumped significantly to around 900. Since there are only 50 spots available, we’re going to have a tough time deciding. Interesting observation: according to OUAC statistics, there are about 6.9 applicants per available space for medical schools in Ontario. We have 18 applicants per available space for Biomedical Engineering!
- Our AIF readers are busy evaluating what has been submitted to date (some 6,000+). AIFs not submitted by now may not get read in time to be considered for the first round of offers. However, as long as it’s submitted by mid-March it will be OK for the final round of offers in May.
- We’re waiting for the Ontario school grades to be available and downloaded, and then we will do some offers in late February. As usual, we generally aim to give away less than about 30% of the available spaces at that time. The rest are held until May when the second semester grades are available.
- The applications from outside Ontario are being analyzed as fast as we can (it’s all “manual” work). In early March we will take what information we have and do a few offers, but again most will come in May.
- We’re making plans for our March Break Open House. A very worthwhile event, especially if you’ve never visited the Waterloo campus before.