Last September, Brock University hit an all-time high in enrollment when more than 5,000 first-year students brought Brock to a total 19,000 students. There is speculation based on recent OUAC statistics that this momentum will continue. Early indicators suggest that Brock is a leading choice for Ontario high school students.
The inclination towards Brock comes with no surprise with its allure. The university has invested over $220 million in their state-of-the-art research facilities, teaching facilities and student-centered spaces. There is growing awareness that Brock is among the top five universities who have received teaching awards and maintains an alumni employment rate of 96.5 per cent.
As such, high school students are shortlisting Brock as an institution that hits the top of their list of choices for post-secondary education. According to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) the number of students who rated Brock among their “top three” has increased by 12 per cent for those enrolling in the 2019-2020 year. The number of those who have picked Brock as the “top” choice has increased by 15 per cent. The 3275 high school students who rated Brock as their top choice this year speaks only to Ontario students, not taking into account the considerable amount of students coming from outside of Ontario, or even from outside Canada. In September 2018, 900 international students from 68 different countries showed the intention of coming to Brock, which is a marginal increase from previous years.
The amount of students applying to programs within faculties of education among all Ontario universities has increased by 33.2 per cent since 2018. It is not unlikely that given Brock’s reputation for Bachelor’s of Education (the second highest awarded degree at Brock as of 2016) there is a correlation to be made.
James Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrollment Management and International, has said that these numbers are “encouraging.” The university must continue to impress potential students, while still responding to the concerns of currently enrolled students.
The counts for incoming students are early indicators; the university will not know exact statistics until these students register at Brock. However, attendance at the Spring Open House might be telling proof of these statistics. The Open House will allow potential students and their families to speak with professors, tour the campus and learn more information about academic programs offered at Brock. For the Open House, organizers suspect a full house, as the Registrar’s Office has been reviewing applications daily and sending out offers of admission to qualified students.