Secondary school students choosing Brock at near-record levels

Brock University has seen a significant increase in applications among Ontario high school students wanting to attend the University this fall.

Nearing pre-pandemic levels of enrolment interest, Brock received an 11.2 per cent increase in applications from Ontario secondary school students in the first in a series of key application dates for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year.

After a pandemic-related dip across the sector last year, post-secondary schools across the province saw an 8.4 per cent average increase in applications, according to data released by the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Brock outpaced that average by nearly three per cent, while also seeing an eight per cent increase in applicants who listed the University as their top choice of the universities they selected on the OUAC application forms.

“This level of interest from Ontario high school students tells us that students have persevered in their studies through difficult pandemic conditions and are ready to continue their journey with Brock University as their home,” said Brock Interim President Lynn Wells.

The University’s recruiting team continues to use creative ways to reach prospective students. With the pandemic causing the cancellation of major events such as the in-person Ontario Universities Fair in both 2020 and 2021, Brock turned to virtual tours, online open houses and a significant digital marketing campaign.

“We’ve tried to meet the prospective students where they are,” said Matt Melnyk, Director, Student Recruitment and Acting Director, International Market Development. “We’re trying our best to meet their needs through creativity, responsiveness and being agile with how we engage with these potential students.”

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