Queen’s University received a nearly 10% bump in domestic applications for the 2024 fall semester, and a roughly 8% bump on overall applications.
For full-time studies beginning in fall 2024, Queen’s had received 41,178 applications as of mid-January, an increase of over 3,500 from the same time last year.
The university says the jump in applications shows growing interest in the school’s programs and offerings.
The school says it it’s in the midst of ongoing recruitment efforts as it hopes to attract students for next year.
“Queen’s has received a record number of applications to the university, with over 57,000 applications received for approximately 5,000 first-year spots in fall 2024,” a statement from Queen’s reads.
“The team in Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment continues to make offers of admission to top applicants and highlight what makes the Queen’s experience unique. We are continuing to connect with prospective undergraduate students across Canada and around the world.”
The university says the current recruitment phase kicked off earlier this week and includes an event for applicants held at the Science Centre that roughly 700 people attended.
Online recruitment sessions and in-person visits across Canada are also planned.
While the majority of major universities saw domestic applicant bumps from this time last year, Queen’s saw one of the biggest jumps among Ontario schools at 9.4%.
Besides remaining relatively stagnant last year, domestic applications to Queen’s have trended upwards on a year to year basis since 2020.
The same information for St. Lawrence College could not be found, and the college did not respond to request for comment on their application numbers this year.
Domestic applicants will be a focus for many universities, especially with the federal government limiting international student permits.
The applicant numbers are preliminary, and more could come between now and June.