Far more Ontario high school graduates are choosing to study science or engineering in 2011 than in 2010, while arts, music and fine arts enrollments declined, according to new data from the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. Education registrations declined dramatically too — unsurprising considering that Two-Thirds of New Teachers Can’t Find Full-Time Work.
But arts programs can take comfort in the fact that they still take in more students than any other programs. Arts (25,845), Science (14,212) and Business Administration (9,300) accounted for 71 per cent (49,357) of the 69,546 first-year registrations made by July 7, 2011.
Here are the major program areas, from the fastest growing to the fastest shrinking.
OTHER ADMINISTRATION +21.6 per cent
OTHER DEGREES +6.2 per cent
ENGINEERING +5.8 per cent
SCIENCE +5.6 per cent
JOURNALISM +4.6 per cent
FAMILY & CONSUMER STUDIES +4.2 per cent
PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION +3.1 per cent
SOCIAL WORK +2.9 per cent
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION +2.7 per cent
OVERALL REGISTRATIONS +1.9 per cent
ARCHITECTURE +1.5 per cent
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES +1.4 per cent
ARTS -0.4 per cent
MATHEMATICS -1.2 per cent
NURSING -2.8 per cent
FINE AND APPLIED ARTS -4.4 per cent
EDUCATION -6.7 per cent
MUSIC -9.4 per cent
Note: These figures include students who applied directly from secondary school to undergraduate degree programs. Only subjects with at least 100 registrations are included in this list.