Less competitive universities use early admissions as a way to attract top students, the Canadian Press is reporting. Carleton University, Lakehead University, and several other schools have already mailed early admission offers to students, despite the fact the Ontario application deadline is not until Jan 12. Because universities have to rely more heavily on marks from grade 11, early offers often come attached with conditions, such as a stipulation the applicant graduate with a certain grade point average. George Granger of the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre says early offers are less common for more competitive programs. “Other universities, where in a given program they may get many hundreds, in some case thousands, more applications than they have spaces, they’ll be less likely to make an early conditional offer,” he said. Typically, universities will send offers to as many as four times the number of students an institution has space for, to account for the fact that most students apply to multiple universities.