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Memorial University gears up for an increase in students from Ontario

Ref. No. 149

DATE:     May 31, 2002
SUBJECT:     Memorial University gears up for an increase in students from Ontario

With the elimination of grade 13 in Ontario, universities across the country are preparing for the double-cohort next year when students from both grades 12 and 13 will be entering university at the same time. With this in mind, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador's only university has stepped up its recruitment activities in that province. "Memorial has been anticipating the increased number of Ontario students seeking university admission this year and next," said Mr. Joseph Byrne, director of student recruitment at Memorial. "We are prepared to accommodate even more students from Ontario this fall, particularly in our Arts and Science faculties at the St. John's campus and at our smaller liberal Arts and Science campus in Corner Brook. We are currently processing applications and willing to accept more. And with our recent announcement of a reduction in tuition fees beginning in September, Memorial is an even more affordable choice for a high quality university education."

Earlier this week Memorial announced a 10 per cent reduction in its tuition fees for Canadian students, made possible by an allotment of $3.5 million from the provincial government in an effort to make university education more affordable. With the reduction, tuition for one year undergraduate instruction in most programs will cost $2,675 per year.

Seventy-four undergraduate and graduate students who call Ontario "home" wore the claret and white hoods of Memorial University at the seven graduation ceremonies held this week. A total of 117 students from Ontario graduated from Memorial this year. This marks the largest number of graduates from that central Canadian province in the institution's 78-year history.

Memorial has already experienced a 20 per cent increase in applications from Ontario students this year.

Kristin Harris, a graduate student in Folklore, said Memorial offered a program no other university could match. "I came here because it's the only English language Folklore program in Canada."

While Ms. Harris said the Folklore department brought her to Memorial from Toronto, Newfoundland could keep her on the east coast.

"I came here for the program, but I love the place and I could end up staying."

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in Atlantic Canada, with more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Outstanding research in a variety of disciplines and extraordinary teaching in more than 250 academic programs, plus a strong tradition of service to the community, are the university's hallmarks. Memorial's diverse offerings are available at in four distinctive campus locations - in Newfoundland and in England - on the Web and in field courses around the world, providing a rich learning experience for students from this province and, increasingly, elsewhere.

In addition to providing personal and intellectual growth, a Memorial University education prepares students for fulfilling careers. According to a recent survey conducted by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, one year after Convocation over 80 per cent of Memorial graduates had found full-time employment related to their field of study. For more information about Memorial, visit www.mun.ca, email info@mun.ca or phone 709 737-8663.


For further information, please contact Deborah Inkpen, acting manager, News Service, Memorial University, 737-8665, cell # 687-9243, e-mail: inkpend@mun.ca.


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