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SUBJECT: SWGC: Applications to Grenfell up almost 20 per cent
DATE: April 10, 2006

CORNER BROOK – Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University’s Corner Brook campus, is pleased to announce that applications for admission to the college have risen by 19.5 per cent over this time last year.

This represents an increase of roughly 100 individual applications. Interestingly, 19 of those applications were submitted by current high school students in Newfoundland and Labrador – that amounts to a six per cent increase from within the province.

“Even though our demographics are in a downward trend, our applications from that local cohort have increased,” said Sharon Noftall-Bennett, the college’s registrar. “This is a good sign. It means our message – that quality higher education is available right here at home – is reaching our local market.”

Applications from the Maritimes and other countries account for a large portion of the increase.

“These figures are evidence of the excellent work being done by our recruitment staff as well as the other members of the registrar’s office,” said Dr. John Ashton, principal of Grenfell College. “They also demonstrate that our range of programming and our approach to post-secondary education are having an increasingly broad appeal. The influx of such a large number of new students, particularly those from out of province, will have a significant economic impact for the whole community.”

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College now offers 14 degrees in arts, fine arts, education, science and nursing. Several others are various stages of development, including sustainable resource management and business studies.

While the deadline to apply to Memorial University has passed, the Registrar’s Office continues to process applications as time permits. For more information, call the Registrar’s Office at 637-6298 or email info@swgc.mun.ca. More information about Grenfell and its programs is available at the Grenfell College web site: www.swgc.mun.ca.

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