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Enrolment grows at University of Regina for fifth consecutive year

News Release Release Date: August 30, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Preliminary figures indicate that for the fifth consecutive year, student enrolment has increased at the University of Regina.

Overall course enrolment is currently up more than 4 per cent for the Fall 2013 semester, and the University expects to be very close to or even exceed 13,500 students by the “Fall Census Date” in early October.  That would mark the third consecutive year of record student enrolment.

Continuing growth in Aboriginal enrolment is helping to drive this trend. It is estimated that there will be more than 1,400 self-declared Aboriginal students taking classes at the University this fall, which will represent more than 10 per cent of the total student enrolment.

The University also expects continuing strong growth in the number of international students, and anticipates a year-over-year student increase of more than 10 per cent in this area.  As a result, international students are expected to comprise more than 12 per cent of the student body this fall.

“Through the strength of our faculty and our programs, we continue to attract top-notch students from across Saskatchewan and around the world,” said University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. “At the same time, we have been working hard to make our campus and our curriculum more welcoming to Aboriginal students whose education is so important to the future of our communities and Saskatchewan as a whole.  It is wonderful to see that our efforts are paying off, and that by educating the next generation of leaders, we continue to contribute in such a meaningful way to the life of our province.”

The steady five-year increase in student enrolment is also attributable to enhanced community outreach activities across the province, as well as the creation of the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, which is offered in partnership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.  The Nursing program is now entering its third year of operation.

 

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