University of Regina reaches record enrolment of nearly 16,500 students, marking 11 consecutive years of growth

News Release Release Date: September 4, 2019 2:35 p.m.

The University of Regina has 16,468 students registered for the 2019 Fall semester. This is an increase of almost 1,000 students (993) or 6.4 per cent over the Fall 2018 semester, and is accompanied by a 5.6 per cent year-over-year increase in the number of credit hours being taught.

“Achieving 11 straight years of enrolment growth is a strong indicator of the strength of our academic programming, and a testament to the continuing work of our faculty and staff,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, University President and Vice-Chancellor. “Our 2015-20 Strategic Plan - entitled peyak aski kikawinaw; Together We Are Stronger - has prioritized student success, and our efforts to support our students and promote their success have enhanced our reputation as an institution of choice for provincial, national and international students.”

The number of students who self-identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit is now well over 2,000, a 10.5 per cent increase over last year. This group now accounts for 13 per cent of our entire student population. International students number over 3,000, which is up 26 per cent from 2018. International students now comprise 18 per cent of total students.

The Faculty of Science has seen the largest increase in student growth with 20 per cent more registered as compared to last year. The faculties of Arts, Education and Kinesiology & Health Studies have also seen increases of approximately 10 per cent over last year at this time.

Recent initiatives supporting student success include:

  • Four new faculty positions added in Nursing, Science, Engineering and Applied Science (lab instructor), and CCE (English as a Second Language) and 2 further tenure-stream recruitments in Arts;
  • Funded academic support positions in the Faculties include a technologist/technician in Engineering and Applied Science to support safety, teaching, and equipment and instrumentation maintenance, an Admissions Specialist in Graduate Studies and Research, a Lab Safety and Compliance Technician and an Academic Advisor in Science, and a support position in Social Work.
  • Re-opening the College West residence, which adds modern, bright, and accessible housing for 274 students this semester;
  • Developing more on-line courses and blended learning and distance learning opportunities; and
  • Continuing focus on bringing Indigenous ways of knowing into course work and exposing students to the work of Indigenous writers and scholars.

A more detailed analysis of student enrolment, including confirmed numbers for each Faculty, as well as international and Indigenous student enrolment, will be available in early October.

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About The University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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