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8th consecutive year of enrolment growth at University of Regina

News Release Release Date: September 13, 2016 10:00 a.m.

University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons, today announced that enrolment for the Fall 2016 semester has exceeded last year’s record with 14,760 students registered for the first day of classes.

“The start of the fall semester is always an exciting time of year at the University, and it is wonderful to see so many new and returning students who have chosen to pursue their post-secondary education here,” says Timmons. “The sustained growth in enrolment over the last eight years indicates that students continue to appreciate the value a University of Regina education provides in today’s world.”

As of September 7, 2016, the first day of classes for the fall semester, registrations in degree programs or degree-eligible credit courses have increased by 2.8 per cent (400 students) over the same period last year.  

The University of Regina’s focus on supporting student success, which is a commitment in the institution’s most recent strategic plan, includes:
•    Significant increases to student financial assistance with help from provincial government programs. The operating budget for scholarships has nearly doubled from 2009-10 to 2016-17 from $5.7 million to $9.1 million;
•    Returning a high percentage of tuition revenue to students in the form of financial aid. Among 14 comprehensive Canadian universities, the University of Regina ranks third highest in total financial aid to students as a percentage of tuition revenue (32% in 2014-15);
•    Ensuring that the University of Regina remains an accessible and affordable educational option for students. Currently, the University ranks in the top third of English-language universities in terms of affordability;
•    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 work in their chosen field within six months of graduating will be able to register for an additional year of University for free.

More information on enrolments, including statistics on Aboriginal and international students, will be available in mid-October.

For information on the University of Regina, please visit: www.uregina.ca.

 

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