All signs point to a large incoming class as Brock University prepares for the Fall 2021 Term and its own recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic.
While there is an increase in applicants to institutions throughout Ontario, the increase in those applying to Brock outpaces the provincial growth rate by a wide margin.
While the province average sees a 1.9 percent gain in first-year confirmations, Brock has seen a 6.5 percent gain in high school applicant confirmations, signaling a notable rebound after the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-21 caused a drop in enrolment.
When all applications to Brock are considered, the University is on track to welcome over 4,000 new students this fall from around Ontario, Canada, and the world. A total of almost 19,000 pupils are scheduled to enroll.
The University is continuing to plan for a significant return to campus in September with a mix of classes being offered in-person and online.
“At Brock, we have always placed a significant focus on the student experience and academic performance, making the University a unique choice for students,” says the president. Brock President Gervan Fearon stated. “In conjunction with our student groups, we just constructed new facilities, like as the Zone Fitness Centre, so the return to campus this fall will be an upgraded experience for all students coming to Brock.”
This year, applications from transfer students, international students, and those pursuing school in non-traditional methods are all favorable, in addition to the strong incoming cohort of high school students. Brock has experienced high demand for residential seats, which is projected to increase in the coming weeks.
While the majority of Brock’s undergraduate and graduate programs have seen increases in enrollment, the Faculty of Education, the Goodman School of Business, and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences have seen particularly strong growth this year, with Nursing proving to be very popular in response to an increased number of available student spaces.
“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the lives of all Canadians, as well as everyone else on the planet,” Brock Provost and Vice-President, Academic Lynn Wells stated. “As we come closer to the end of the pandemic’s recovery phase, we look forward to welcoming both new students and those returning to campus in September.”
The increase in enrolment is a sign of Brock’s expanding reputation, according to Geraldine Jones, University Registrar and Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services, and the product of a lot of hard effort by many people and teams across the University.
“When we look at the typical ways recruitment teams communicate with potential students and their families, we see that a lot of it is done face-to-face through school visits and events like the Ontario Universities’ Fair,” she said. “We had to radically rethink how we communicate the Brock story and showcase our gorgeous and stunning campuses this year.”
Instead, at a time when all universities across the country were attempting to differentiate themselves, the University used virtual tours, online open houses, and a considerably increased digital marketing strategy to draw attention.
While several programs are already totally full, there are still some openings for full- and part-time studies in all seven Faculties, and the applications process is still open.
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