Some 13,117 students have joined the nation’s premier University of Ghana as freshmen/women for the 2018/2019 academic year.
This number represents about 41.85% of the 31,345 applicants who were offered admission to the University.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ebenezer Oduro-Owusu made this known at the 2018 Matriculation Ceremony held earlier today for new entrants into the University Community.
The Vice Chancellor mentioned that some 54,058 applications were received for this year and of which 31,345 individuals were subsequently offered admissions after a rigorous and thorough admission process.
For students who applied to pursue a course for their undergraduate studies, the Vice Chancellor said only 11,216 applicants representing 65% students accepted the offer.
The university received a total of 43,215 applications and subsequently offered admission to 28,149 individuals. The number is slightly higher than the students admitted the previous year, 2017/2018.
Prof. Oduro-Owusu however mentioned that some policies were resorted to admit students into the University to ensure a balance in all demographics and that no sect of individuals will be sidelined.
“The University continued with her policies of giving opportunity for University education to applicants through; The Affirmative Action Policy for Women, Concession for applicants from Less Endowed Schools, Admission of Student Athletes and Admission of Students with Special Needs.”
For this year, the University received 8,106 applications and was able to offer admission to 2,462 persons.
However 1,595 applications successfully joined the University Community; of these, 921 were males with 674 being females.
The University gave admission to 734 of the 2,537 students who applied.
About 306 of them accepted the admission offer.
The Vice Chancellor indicated that these individuals were mainly from the sub region with the rest coming in as exchange students.
“The students come mainly on exchange programmes from our partner institutions in the United States of America, Canada and Asia”
In the University’s bid to have a balanced mix of individuals in the University community, they put to action the “Affirmative Action for Women” which is to give admissions to females slightly more than males.
This, according to him will gradually increase female population on campus.
As it stands now, the ratio of males to females is 51:49.
The vice-chancellor hinted that the university has plans to strike a 50:50 ratio in subsequent years to come.
The premier University continues to lead in making strides to ensure a smooth, fair and transparent admission process in the country.
This year they have made strides in ensuring an increase in population of females and the less privileged at large.
In concluding, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Oduro Owusu, on behalf of members of convocation welcomed all new entrants into the Premier University and wished them well in their stay on campus.
Story by: Michael Ashalley/universnewsroom.com