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First year enrolment up 10 per cent at St. Lawrence College

2009-09-10

St. Lawrence College’s population is growing. First year enrolment numbers are exceptionally strong, with more than 3500 new students this fall. A per campus snapshot shows that Brockville experienced a 12 per cent growth in student confirmations, Cornwall 26 per cent and Kingston 7 per cent.

"We’re very excited by our strong enrollment this fall," said Gord MacDougall, vice president, Student and External Affairs at St. Lawrence College. "We believe that this may be a reflection of the state of the economy and that prospective students recognize that going to college will give them the skills they need to succeed in the workplace and through volatile times."

Showing particular strength are the Health Sciences and Community Services programs, most reached maximum capacity across all three campuses. As well, for the first time, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program had waiting lists for the first time. Several new programs including Game Development Technician and Wind Turbine Technician Coop Apprenticeship got off to a solid start with enrolment above projections.

"Our Orientation activities were well attended at each campus," MacDougall said. "We know that students who feel welcome, are aware of what’s happening on campus, and feel like they belong are more likely to remain engaged in their course work and the college. A lot of effort has been given to ensure our students receive the best learning opportunities and relevant support services to maximize the time they invest in college."

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