By the Numbers

Looking for figures? This section provides detailed statistics for Ontario universities, illustrated with graphs and charts, and updated on a regular basis.

Why University?

An investment that keeps on giving


students graduate from Ontario universities each year.

Universities are the key driver in the province’s economy, educating the leaders of tomorrow, creating jobs and building up communities. The country’s top researchers are making discoveries that improve the ways people live, work and play. Internationally, universities are forging partnerships that make Ontario globally competitive.



undergraduate students attended Ontario universities in the 2013-14 school year.*

High school students are seeking a university education to fulfil their life’s goals and to establish their future careers, while those who are already out of high school are upgrading their skills in response to the changing needs of the labour market.

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Full-time students registered in the university on November 1. This number does not include part-time students or students who started their program in the spring or summer semester.

There’s no surer path to success than a university education

Graduate Success


is the average employment income of graduates from Ontario postsecondary institutions, aged 25 to 64*
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University Grads Earn More
*Statistics Canada, National Household Survey, 2011

The True Cost of a University Education

$840 Million

was provided to students in 2013-2014 by universities through scholarships, bursaries, etc.

Through significant student financial assistance from universities and the Ontario government, “net tuition” can be much lower than the “sticker price” of tuition.

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Ontario universities are doing more with less

Ontario universities educate more students with less provincial funding per student than universities in any other Canadian jurisdiction.

At Ontario universities, operating revenue per student is the

lowest among all provinces in Canada.
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Ontario universities are global leaders


international students were educated at Ontario universities in 2014-15

Ontario universities are fostering cultures of inclusivity and diversity, and are building relationships across the globe through study abroad opportunities, research partnerships, faculty exchanges and more.

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Research that changes lives


of the Top-50 research universities

in Canada named by Research Infosource Inc., are in Ontario. In our laboratories, libraries, offices, and archives, thousands of talented Ontario university researchers are quietly changing the world.

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