USask on track to reach record enrolment

As of the first day of classes on Wednesday, Sept. 4, enrolment at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) for the 2019-2020 academic year is up by 1.6 per cent and on track to be the university’s highest enrolment ever.

“I’m pleased to report we expect a fifth straight year of a planned increase in enrolment,” said Alison Pickrell, assistant vice-provost of strategic enrolment management.

Pickrell said she projects growth in both undergraduate and graduate enrolment. By the end of the academic year in April 2020, student enrolment should exceed 26,000—an increase of between one and two per cent—making it the highest in USask history.

“This is really a signal that the programs we are offering are in high demand to prospective students,” said Pickrell. “A degree from USask is recognized as a quality education that can open doors to countless opportunities around the world.”

Pickrell said the enrolment increase is due to a combination of factors—the strategic increase of seats in existing programs, the addition of new programs and offering programming at locations outside of Saskatoon and outside of the country.  

“By responding to what the province, and the world, needs from us, we will continue to offer relevant and innovative programming,” said Pickrell.

Record-breaking numbers of international and Indigenous students are also expected by the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. As of the first day of classes, international student enrolment is already up by 5.5 per cent, and Indigenous student enrolment is up by 6.1 per cent.

“Achieving enrolment growth, while maintaining high standards is something the entire campus community can celebrate, it really signifies our place as one of the top research-intensive universities in Canada and beyond,” said Pickrell.

For more information, please review our 2019 Fall Term first-day-of-classes enrolment snapshot.

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