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Project will cost an estimated $70-million
Queen’s University announced today it will construct two new residences by fall 2015, adding 550 beds to accommodate a growing student body – and overflowing campus.
The university said in a release the new residences are needed to accommodate a “modest” increase in first-year admission for fall 2012. Queen’s previously expanded the Waldron Tower residence hall and currently leases rooms for graduate students at the downtown Confederation Place Hotel. The Queen’s Journal has reported over the last few years that common rooms have gone the way of the dinosaurs as enrollment at Queen’s has increased.
Construction on the new residences will start next year. Queen’s currently estimates the project will cost $70 million.
Bonus for future first-year students: The new space means about 20 common rooms in existing residences will be restored – and so will weekly Bachelor watching nights.
But for first time since 2005, number of applications go down
According to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, the number of undergraduate applicants in the province has increased, although the total number of applications received has gone down.
This decline in applications is due to a drop in the number of schools to which the students are applying. Although the number of first, second, and third-choice applications are up, the “safety” applications to fourth- or fifth-choice schools, for example, are down by 3.3 percent.
The price tag of university applications could be the reason behind this slight droop. That’s because the OUAC allows all applicants to pick their top three choices for a base price of $105, but must pay an extra $35 for each additional school.
For more on this topic, check out Tony Keller’s interview with one of Canada’s leading economists, David Foot on why he thinks fewer students will be heading to university.
Correction: this is an updated and corrected version of a story that appeared on this site.