University of Regina sees largest enrolment increase in 37 years

News Release Release Date: October 2, 2019 1:15 p.m.

Close to one thousand (933) more students are registered for classes this fall than were registered last year at this time. This is the largest year over year increase in students at the University of Regina since Fall 1982, and the second largest since the University was established. This is also the 11th consecutive year of increased enrolment at the University.

“Our 2015-20 Strategic Plan – peyak aski kikawinaw: Together We Are Stronger – is focused on student success, community service and innovative research,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “The efforts of faculty and staff toward realizing these priorities, along with our overarching commitment to sustainability and Indigenization, have helped build our growing academic reputation and contributed to extraordinary student growth.”

The 16,501 students registered for classes this Fall are a 6.0 per cent increase from the 15,568 students registered in Fall 2018 and a 41 per cent increase from the 11,664 students registered in Fall 2008. The number of students who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit has increased by 5.7 per cent over last year and now comprises 13.2 per cent of our student population. International students have increased by 27.2 per cent from 2018. International students now make up 19.1 per cent of total students.

The number of graduate students has grown by 127 students, an increase of 6.7 per cent over last year – 35.4 per cent of graduate students are now from other countries.

Initiatives supporting student success include:

  • Additional faculty positions including new tenure-track positions in Nursing, Science, Engineering and Applied Science (lab instructor), and Centre for Continuing Education (English as a Second Language) and 2 further tenure-stream recruitments in Arts;
  • Experiential learning components in our degree programs which result in our co-operative education students earning approximately $9 million in wages per year;
  • New resources to support mental health and the prevention of sexual violence, including the new Sexual Violence and Prevention Response Coordinator;
  • The “You Belong Here” anti-discrimination campaign which promotes a safe, welcoming and diverse campus community;
  • Enhancing the Aboriginal Student Centre which aids in the transition to post-secondary education through unique programming and mentorship opportunities;
  • Increasing access to Elders or Knowledge Keepers;
  • Incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into course work;
  • Developing and providing personalized services and programs including life skills advising and transitioning to life in Canada; and
  • Assisting students with their academic and non-academic needs. This includes free, focused English language services, as well as providing information for successfully transitioning and adjusting to learning in a new post-secondary environment at the University of Regina.

Graduate and undergraduate students can work with and learn from renowned researchers who are exploring diverse subjects with real world impacts in six thematic areas:

  • Anxiety Stress & Pain - Researchers are tackling complex and costly human problems related to anxiety, stress and pain, their clinical evaluation, manifestation, causal factors and their management, with the goal of improving functional ability and quality of life for millions of people.
  • Digital Future - Researchers are leading the way through innovation and creativity in computing and digital media. They are performing research in data mining; wise computing; visualization; data security & policy; design, creation and analysis of emerging technologies; and within the digital humanities.
  • Integrated Human Health: Equity, Disease & Prevention - Researchers in this cluster perform clinical, bio-medical, population and Indigenous health research, using methodologies from the natural, clinical and social sciences. This integrated health approach focuses not only on traditional biochemical/biomedical research, but also investigates social, political, economic, cultural and population aspects of health.
  • Social Justice & Community Safety - Researchers in this cluster study a diverse array of topics such as critical theory, labour studies, human rights, Indigenization, post/anti-colonialism, social services, worker safety and worker rights, bullying, community engagement, corrections, genocide, law and law enforcement, emergency preparedness, and victimization.
  • Water, Environment & Clean Energy - Researchers in this cluster evaluate the impacts of natural and anthropogenic effects on grassland, forest and aquatic habitats, develop environmental low carbon technologies to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions associated with climate change, and study other aspects of clean energy such as smart grids, intelligent transportation systems, and lean and agile manufacturing.
  • Living Heritage: Identities, Communities, Environment - Research in this area examines the practices, production/reproduction, expression, spaces, and knowledges that protect the diversity of human creativity and humanity’s collective heritage. Every day, University of Regina researchers focus their efforts on understanding and preserving the dynamic and evolving elements of cultural heritage – oral histories, food heritage (traditional, sustainable cuisine), music, dance, ceremony, the natural world, and aesthetic and spiritual beliefs.

The enrolment data discussed above reflects 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.


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 16,500 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. In 2017, the University of Regina was ranked in the Top 200 Best Young Universities in the world by Times Higher Education.


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