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The demand for a university education is not slowing down, as high school students continue to apply to Ontario institutions in record numbers.

Preliminary figures released Monday by the Ontario Universities' Application Centre showed that the number of high school students applying to first-year programs in the fall climbed by 2.4 per cent over the previous year. Since 2000, the number of the applicants to Ontario universities has increased by 56 per cent. University officials say growth is not expected to slow down.

Laurentian University saw its application numbers climb 23 per cent over the previous year, and Ryerson University was up almost 12 per cent. A spokeswoman for Laurentian said there are a number of factors that influenced the increase in applications, including the opening of the architecture school next September and an enhanced recruitment effort in the Greater Toronto Area.

Not every university saw applications increase, however. York University had a 1.8 per cent drop in applications from last year, and OCAD University was down 1.5 per cent.

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