Record-setting enrolment seven years running

News Release Release Date: September 8, 2017 9:00 a.m.

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Regina's Fall semester enrolment numbers have broken all previous records, with 15,189 students registered for the first day of classes. This is a 2.9% increase over Fall 2016 in terms of the number of students, which translates into a 3.2% year-over-year increase in the number of credit hours being taught.

“The quality and relevance of a University of Regina education are clearly resonating with students here in Regina, throughout our province, and around the world,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, University President and Vice-Chancellor. “In addition, our commitment to supporting student success has allowed the University to remain a close-knit and caring community even as we continue to grow. That is something on which we will always pride ourselves, because our students continue to be our first priority.”

While enrolment is up generally campus wide, areas of significant enrolment growth occurred in four key degree-eligible program areas:    

•    Media, Arts, and Performance (+17.6%)

•    Science (+15.3%)

•    Social Work (+10%)

•    Kinesiology and Health Studies (+10%)

The University attributes the growth to an unwavering focus on unparalleled student support, including:

•    Ensuring that the University of Regina remains an accessible and affordable option for students;

•    Experiential and international learning through co-operative education and internship work placements, and increased opportunities to study abroad; and, 

•    The UR Guarantee program, which guarantees that participating students who do not find career-related employment within six months of graduating will be able to register for an additional year of University for free.

In addition to being the seventh consecutive year of record enrolments, Fall 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of enrolment growth. Since Fall 2008, overall enrolment has increased by 34% at the University of Regina and its Federated Colleges.

A more detailed analysis of student enrolment will be available in mid-October. For information on the University of Regina, please visit        

About the University of Regina:

The University of Regina is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 15,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties. The University has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. In 2017, the University of Regina was ranked in the Top 200 Best Young Universities by Times Higher Education, a global ranking and boasts the best employment rates for young graduates of all post-secondary institutes in Saskatchewan. On May 26-June 1, the University of Regina will host Canada’s largest academic conference, the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, welcoming more than 7,000 academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.


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