by Chris Hammond
Students at Grenfell’s library. Grenfell has registered
more students this semester than any previous semester.
For the first time in the history of Sir Wilfred
Grenfell College, student registrations have broken the
According to the latest statistics generated by the Registrar's
Office, about 1,330 students have registered so far this
semester. The deadline for course registrations is Sept.
17, so that number may vary slightly before leveling off,
says Sharon Noftall-Bennett, college registrar.
Last year this time Grenfell College had registered 1,210
students, in 2001, 1,253 students, and in 2000, 1,196 students.
These numbers include bachelor of nursing students at Western
Regional School of Nursing.
The Registrar's Office views this semester's breakthrough
as proof that the college's recruitment efforts are finally
“Recruitment is of strategic importance as we move
toward our goal of 1,500 students,” said Ms. Noftall-Bennett.
Grenfell’s traditional catchment area — western
Newfoundland — has seen a gradual decline in the number
of graduating high school students. The college has compensated
for this decline by drawing on students from elsewhere in
Canada and around the world.
This semester there are 70 students registered who come
from other parts of Canada or other countries. Of those
70 students, 46 are new registrants; the remaining 24 are
returning students. Of the 46 new students, 13 are international,
hailing from countries such as Belize, China and Nigeria.
It's no surprise to Dr. Adrian Fowler that students are
attracted to the Grenfell campus.
“At Grenfell we have a number of advantages that we
feel out-of-province students find particularly agreeable,”
said Dr. Fowler. “For one, our students live in a
safe, beautiful, clean environment. As well, our students
have the benefit of small class sizes, resulting in a more
personalized education. And of course we're proud of the
fact we offer high-quality programming at a much lower cost
than many of our Canadian counterparts, some of which charge
more than double Grenfell's tuition.”