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Grad applications spike at Wilfrid Laurier

Grim job market persuades students to go back to school, applications up 19 percent

The Record is reporting that applications for graduate study at Wilfrid Laurier University are up nearly 19 percent from last year.

The rise is being attributed to a grim job market, which means graduating students are opting to go back for more school rather than be unemployed.

According to Joan Norris, the university’s dean of graduate studies, although the Feb. 1 deadline is still weeks away, they are already seeing a big increase in applications. They had 926 applications as of Thursday, up from 779 on the same day in 2008.

Applications to University of Toronto graduate programs are up by nine per cent, and applications for the MBA program at Queen’s University are double what they were last year.