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First-year applications up 4.9 per cent

May 15, 2008

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First-year applications to SFU degree programs are up by more than 700 submissions, a 4.9-per-cent increase over the same period last year, with more than half of the increase coming from prospective students outside of B.C. and Canada.

"Our partnerships and collaboration with colleges and universities in Asia and other areas are increasing international student applications," says SFU registrar Kate Ross. "Also, our ability to confirm admission acceptance earlier is encouraging prospective students to apply."

As a result of recent changes to its admission process, the university has dramatically reduced the time it takes to confirm early admission to high school graduates applying for the coming fall semester.

Based on official transcripts, qualified high school students (90-per-cent or better average) eligible for scholarships received confirmed admission offers as early as April 17.

In general, prospective students who have all required documents and grades submitted that meet high school graduation averages required by the faculty to which they are applying can expect their application to be confirmed by the end of May.

Ross is pleased about the increase in first-year applications, as historically, many do translate into confirmed enrollment.

Given recent cutbacks in government funding for post secondary education, she urges prospective students to get their applications in as soon as possible.

SFU has 4,885 seats for new first year students this fall.

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