Brandon University enrolment applications are up 23 per cent over this time last year, according to BU president Deborah Poff.
BU so far has received 1,241 applications from new students applying for fall semester. This same time last year, the university had received 1,006 applications from new students.
“It’s very encouraging,” Poff said, adding she attributes the jump in applications to the university’s recent focus on recruitment and retention efforts. “We’re out there a lot more than we were five years ago.”
Although she couldn’t say specifically where the majority of students are applying from, BU has broadened their recruitment base to include Ontario and Saskatchewan.
“We have more people in the field, we have more people doing recruitment now than we previously did and it looks like it’s working.”
The biggest issue for the university now, she said, is turning those applications into actual students come fall semester.
When asked about the number of expected returning students, Poff said they are currently focused on new applications since the majority of returning students are registering for the fall semester right now. She added processing those new applications is “really important right now.”
As for updates on BU’s mature university students housing project, Poff said they’re still working through the stages of approval.
“We’re meeting and we’re working through all the different things we have to do,” she said. “I’m not in a position right now to say much more than that.”
Poff previously told the Sun the plan is to develop non-profit housing units for mature university students near Sioux Valley High School (the former Fleming School property), with the goal to provide more options in quality, affordable housing for students with families.
Poff has said she would like to see the project come to fruition before her term as president ends in July.