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By Katia Dmitrieva

Danielle Sambrook would save $8,000 in residence fees if she gets into Ryerson’s food and nutrition program. But the school’s cap on admissions while facing the 17.5 per cent increase in applicants might drive her out of the city toward Guelph or the University of Western Ontario — her second and third choices.

“Ryerson is my first choice because I could commute instead of living in residence,” says the high school student from Newmarket. Ryerson, Guelph and Western are the only Ontario universities that offer this specialized course.

Danielle said she has wanted to be a nutritionist since Grade 9. As for the limit placed on entering students, she admits, “I know there will be a lot of competition.” The minimum grade required for food and nutrition is 75 per cent, with competing candidates hitting well over this mark.

“If I don’t get accepted, I hope the other universities accept me at least,” she said. Still, those universities will come with a higher price tag.

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