President's Report 2006 | Campus Life

Enrolments at Memorial on steady climb

Student enrolment is up at Memorial.

Enrolment at Memorial University of Newfoundland rose once again this past year, a trend that can be traced back to the 1998-99 academic year. Since then, full-time enrolment has increased by 10.8 per cent, with undergraduate enrolment up 8.7 per cent and graduate enrolment up 37 per cent. In 2005, full-time graduate students increased by a remarkable 5.1 per cent over 2004, which saw 1,388 students enroll. While Memorialís full-time undergraduate enrolment in 2005 was 13,184 on par with 2004.

An aggressive recruiting campaign by the university which includes visits to high schools in the province and many visits to the Maritimes, Ontario, western Canadian provinces and international destinations yielded an increase in full-time first year students for both the St. Johnís and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campuses. First-year enrolment increased by 1.9 per cent at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and 1.0 per cent on the St. Johnís campus, something director of Student Recruitment Sheila Devine attributes to Memorialís many attractive features. "Prospective students have really begun to take notice. There are a lot of great things about the university to promote: fantastically low tuition, choice of campuses, comprehensive course selection, international study opportunities, top-notch faculty and more.Ē

Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Chet Jablonski, says 2005 was the third straight year Memorial has seen a sharp increase in graduate enrolment and is on target to reach its goal of 3,200 graduate students by 2010. ďTo accommodate the increased numbers, the university has significantly increased its graduate fellowship budget and has increased its research capacity by appointing a number of very highly-qualified new faculty members.Ē

Ms. Devine concludes that despite the fact Newfoundland and Labrador high school student enrolment is, and has been, on a steady decline at rate of about three per cent for the past five years, and even though Memorial has successfully increased the percentage of in-province students choosing to come to the university, the reality is that Memorial must continue to attract increasing numbers of mature, out-of-province, international students to maintain the current university enrolment. For 2005, Memorialís out-of-province undergraduate student enrolment was up a significant 20 per cent, and new international undergraduate students increased by 21 per cent over the previous year.