Applications are up at Queen’s University. On Wednesday, Ontario University Applications Centre (OUAC) revealed that applications from high school students are up 12.9%, compared to January 2021. The statistics consider only 101 applications.

OUAC’s preliminary numbers show that there have been 37,980 applications for Queen’s for Fall 2022. Applicants will compete for 5,084 first-year spots in 2022-2023. This is an increase from 4,856 spots in 2022.

Ontario Tech University saw the highest increase in applications, with a 33.4% change.

Laurentian University saw the sharpest decreases in applications to the university, with a change of -43.5%. This comes after Laurentian declared insolvency on Feb. 1, 2021. The university is also currently involved in a court battle with Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk. As recently as January 19th, 2022, Laurentian argued that a speaker’s warrant ordered against the university would cause “irreparable harm” to the university. The speakers warrant would force Laurentian University to hand over “privileged” documents.

Laurentian was the only university in Northern Ontario to see a major decline in applications. Algoma University, for example, saw first-year applications increase by 18.9 percent. 

Overall OUAC saw a jump of 8.4% in applications, despite only seeing a 1.6% increase in applicants since last year. 2022 applications saw the highest number of applications since 2013, when 92,554 applicants submitted 410,963 applications.