The management of the University of Ghana has charged its four colleges to submit proposals on creative ways to admit more applicants to the university, as well as offer quality education at all levels.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, said the move had become necessary because of a large number of prospective students who are turned away annually.
Out of the 41,447 undergraduate applications the university received this year, it could admit only 23,041 to its main campus, Korle Bu campus, Accra City campus and distance learning.
“Large numbers of prospective students apply to the university yearly, and each time, we are faced with the painful decision of having to turn down the applications of many otherwise well-qualified applicants due to limitations of our staff and facilities,” Prof. Owusu said during the 2017 matriculation of the university last Saturday.
He said the university administration had faced those challenges annually but was working on it to admit more applicants in the coming years.
According to statistics on the university’s website, last year the university received a total of 40,435 applications, made up of 32,843 undergraduate and 7,592 graduate applications, but it offered admission to only 25,295 students.
For the 2015/2016 academic year, the university received a total of 35,630 applications, made up of 28,665 undergraduate and 6,965 graduate applications, but offered admission to 18,106 students.
Prof. Owusu said the university continued to work to make admission systems as “stress-free as possible for students and parents”.