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Date: April 22, 2008

Scholarship Funding Boosts Application Numbers

Increased scholarship funding has led to a sharp spike in the number of graduating high school students applying to the University of Victoria. The number taking advantage of conditional early admission increased 26 per cent this year. The number of high school students eligible for entrance scholarships has increased over 300 per cent compared to last year.

“Overall we have seen an increase in the number of students applying for admission to UVic, and I suspect the scholarships have certainly been a factor,” says Registrar and Executive Director of Student Enrolment Lynda Wallace-Hulecki. “Also, we’ve benefited from our continued high ranking among Canadian universities and our flexible admissions policy that matches the provincial examination requirements.”

The scholarship offerings include a new “Come to Campus” grant to help high-achieving students who have to travel from outside the region. Since more than two-thirds of students come from outside Greater Victoria, UVic offers applicants who live north of Duncan a $500 travel bursary while applicants from outside Vancouver Island receive $1,000.

High school students in grade 12 were able to apply for conditional early admission as early as October by self-reporting their grade 11 grades. Overall applications to UVic from high school students are up about three per cent over last year. Graduate student applications have increased 17 per cent.

UVic is inviting all applicants to take a look at the campus on May 24 during “Experience UVic,” the second annual day-long event for prospective students and their families. Participants are offered campus tours, visits to their choice of faculties, an opportunity to meet faculty members and UVic students as well as purchase course materials and books in advance at the bookstore. For further information visit http://www.uvic.ca and click on “Test drive your campus.”
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Media contacts:
Lynda Wallace-Hulecki (Registrar) at 250-721-8106 or lhulecki@uvic.ca
Justin Kohlman (Associate Registrar) at 250-721-8951 or jkohlman@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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