May 7, 2004

Prospective Students Touring McMaster University Campus Saturday

Class of 2008 Meets Faculty and Staff

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Bonnie Crocker, liaison officer in McMaster’s Office of the Registrar, welcomes prospective student to May @ Mac, McMaster's annual spring open house for high school students.

Hamilton, ON - McMaster University is expecting several thousand visitors this Saturday as this fall’s prospective students, with family and friends, visit the campus for the annual May @ Mac open house.

One of McMaster’s largest annual events, May @ Mac, will give visitors the opportunity to get information about programs of study, ask questions about admissions or scholarships, tour campus facilities and meet faculty, staff and current students.

“Every year, the number of visitors attending May @ Mac grows,” says Bonnie Crocker, liaison officer in McMaster’s Office of the Registrar. “Part of the increase is due to the number of parents that attend. They appear to be more involved than in previous years in the decision-making process. In deciding which university to attend, students are shopping more and investigating their options.”

This year, McMaster has received 36,500 applications for 4,886 first year places. McMaster’s current undergraduate enrolment is 16,111 full-time undergraduate students, with 5,314 of those students in level one for the academic year just ended.

After last year’s record applications, as a result of the double cohort, applications across Ontario to post-secondary institutions are down 32 per cent. In 2003, about 49,700 applications were received to attend McMaster, compared to 25,500 the year before.

McMaster University, one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, has world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of about 20,000 and more than 112,000 alumni in 128 countries around the world.