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Date: February 17, 2005

UVic Campus Home to More Students This Fall

With room for 500 more full time undergraduate students, the University of Victoria is encouraging those with an average of 75 per cent or higher to apply to UVic for admission this fall. The extra room is the result of the provincial government initiative to create 25,000 new student spaces at post-secondary institutions in B.C. by 2010. “While UVic won’t be able to determine its exact 2005 GPA cut off until later, the university does want students to know the cut off will be lower than last year,” says UVic Vice-President Academic Jamie Cassels. “The new spaces are in the faculties of humanities, science and social sciences and for computer science and engineering programs. The additional seats are part of a province-wide effort to provide access to a university education for more young British Columbians.” For the past few years, the GPA cut off for UVic’s three largest faculties has hovered around 80 per cent or higher. “With the February 28 deadline for applications for early admission approaching, we want to make students aware that there are more spaces this year,” says Cassels. The university expects to admit about 3,000 FTE new undergraduate students in 2005/06, 500 more than 2004/05.
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