Applications to Brescia are on the rise

February 24, 2011

London, ON – Brescia University  College is the top choice among a  greater number of Ontario  university applicants this year. On February 9, 2011, the Ontario University Application  Centre (OUAC) reported that applications to Brescia from high school students in the  province have increased by 4.8 per cent over last year.

Registrar Marianne Simm is pleased to see these results  because Brescia has made a significant investment  in raising awareness of Canada’s  women’s university among female high school students. “We are talking much more  about the value of the Brescia  experience through the accomplishments of our students, graduates and faculty.  As demonstrated through the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)  rankings, Brescia  has consistently ranked amongst the highest universities for its supportive  campus environment. This translates into a very engaging learning environment  at Brescia.”

In the past two years, Brescia  has rebranded, launched a lively marketing campaign, and revised its facebook  page. Among a number of events designed for high school applicants, Brescia will host the third annual Take the Lead high school public speaking contest on April 9, 2011,  which awards the winning contestant with a full year’s tuition to Brescia.

Just yesterday, Brescia  closed a facebook contest inviting high school students to tell a brief story  about a woman who has inspired them. The two entrants receiving the greatest  number of online votes will win an all-expense paid trip to London to attend the March Break Open House  on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Each contest winner and a guest will also be  treated to a day at the spa.

Sheila Blagrave, director of Communications, Marketing &  External Relations said that Brescia values the  honest communication of messages from current students and other members of the  Brescia  community. “In all that we do at Brescia,  from non-scripted but first-rate videos to the contests we host and the tours  we lead for prospective students, we encourage a two-way communication with  students. We are quick to tell others about all that Brescia has to offer, but we also listen  well.                                             I think that has a bearing on our strong results  in surveys such as NSSE and in the applicants who are choosing us as their  first-choice university.”

Potential university students and their families are invited  to attend the Open House and to visit to learn more about the university that more and more female high school  students are choosing.

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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is  affiliated with The University   of Western Ontario. The  1,100 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide  variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and  invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College  welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more  information, please visit

For additional  information, please contact:

Marianne Simm                       Registrar                       Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28266                       E-mail: