WINNIPEG — The University of Manitoba has shattered the 29,000-student mark for the first time in its 136-year history.
U of M announced Thursday that enrolment for the first day of classes is 29,321, an increase of 1.8 per cent over last year’s first day of classes record enrolment of 28,795.
University of Winnipeg released very early numbers earlier in the week showing a 0.7 per cent increase in students enrolled over the same day in 2012, and Red River College said Thursday that its numbers appear stable this year.
RRC, however, has year-round intake as courses start at several times throughout the year, unlike universities on the semester system.
"The continued increase in first day enrolment numbers is an indication that the University of Manitoba is the post-secondary institution of choice for students wanting to build better futures for themselves and their communities," said president David Barnard.
Full-time enrolment increased from 23,994 students to 24,541 students, while part-time enrolment dipped slightly, from 4,801 to 4,780. Undergraduate enrolment increased by 1.1 per cent, from 24,948 students in fall term 2012 to 25,225 students.
Credit hours are up 0.5 per cent — that boosts the university budget, since credit hours determine how much students pay in tuition fees.
Graduate enrolment increased very significantly, by 5.1 per cent, said U of M, to 3,469 students this year.
U of M said that it will release official figures in early November, which will include numbers on self-declared aboriginal students and on a gender breakdown of students.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 6, 2013