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University of Regina records 12 consecutive years of growing enrolment

News Release Release Date: October 2, 2020 10:10 a.m.

The University of Regina’s official enrolment has grown to 16,664 students for Fall 2020, a 1 per cent increase from the record 16,501 students enrolled in Fall 2019. 

“This is the twelfth consecutive year our student enrolment has grown. I am delighted that the University of Regina continues to be the institution of choice for an increasing number of students during these unprecedented times,” said Dr. Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “Like other universities across the country and around the world, our focus has been on the safety of students, faculty, staff and the broader community. As a result, teaching and learning at the University remain primarily remote during the pandemic. That more students than ever have chosen to pursue their postsecondary studies with us is a direct result of the commitment of our faculty and staff to ensuring our programming remains accessible, effective and rewarding.”

The 16,664 students registered for degree or degree eligible courses this fall include 14,568 undergraduate students, an increase of 0.6 percent from last year, and 2,096 graduate students a 3.4 percent increase from Fall 2019. First Nations, Métis and Inuit student enrolment has grown to 2,457 students, up 12.6 percent from last year. As anticipated, the pandemic has affected international student enrolments, which dropped by 6.5 percent to 2,942.

Some initiatives designed to support our students during the pandemic and in the remote learning environment include:

  • investing significant time, effort and money to make the remote learning experience as effective and engaging as possible;
  • labs that are being held remotely are designed to replicate the in-class experience as much as possible;
  • many of our student services, such as counselling and advising, are also available at a distance; and,
  • in recognition of the financial burden that many students are facing, implementing a number of changes such as: keeping tuition at last year’s levels for the present academic year, and distributing over $349,000 through our two Student Emergency Funds.

“While we recognize that virtual classrooms cannot fully replicate the in-person experience, the University is committed to providing our students with a comprehensive remote learning experience, that meets all academic requirements, leading to the same fully accredited and recognized degrees students taking face-to-face classes would earn,” said Chase.

The enrolment data noted above reflect the number of students enrolled in classes as of the end of the 4th week of classes, which is the annual “Census Date” at the University of Regina.

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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, and Lakota 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 16,600 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, graduate, and doctoral degrees.

 

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