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 www.brescia.uwo.ca/admissions 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 www.brescia.uwo.ca
For additional information, please contact:
Marianne Simm Registrar Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28266 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org