Student numbers up across the country
CALGARY – The University of Calgary began its fall semester with a record number of students this year, including about 6,200 new undergraduates, up about 800 students from last year.
The U of C receives about 14,000 applications annually, and in high-demand programs like nursing and engineering, the ratio of applicants to available spots is more than 2.5-to-1. A U of C news release said the institution has set its sights on accommodating 7,000 more students by 2010 and has a capital plan that includes a digital library, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, and the Urban Campus.
The University’s 1,732 residence spaces are also full this year.
The enrolment growth is due in part to a new $500 admission award for students with academic averages of 80-per-cent or higher. The U of C has also undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at improving the student experience including wireless spaces and a new cyber café.
In Winnipeg, a University of Manitoba census on the first day of the term showed 28,013 students, a record for the institution that is up 1.8 per cent over last year. First-day undergraduate student numbers are up 1.9 per cent over the previous year to 24,094. The U of M also reports credit hours are at an all-time high, up slightly over 2004-05 to 545,150 this year.
Enrolment of international students increased 14.7 per cent to 2,638 for the 2005-06 academic year and those students now make up 9.4 per cent of the U of M population. Graduate enrolment is also up 1.1 per cent to 3,021. This is the fifth consecutive year where graduate numbers have increased.
The largest student gain was made be the newly renamed Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. Other significant gains were made in Recreation Studies, Social Work, Exercise and Sport Science, and Medical Rehabilitation.
Calling its orientation week the largest in Canada, the University of Western Ontario reports about 32,000 students, including 6,000 in first-year, descended on campus this fall. More than 4,000 of those students moved into campus residences.