UCN says initial enrolment numbers up 35 per cent from last year

First-week enrolment numbers for full- and part-time students are projected to reach 1,111 full-time student equivalents, University College of the North (UCN) said Sept. 9.

That number, which includes students at the Thompson and The Pas campuses as well as those at 12 community centres in Northern Manitoba, is the highest since the school was established and 34.7 per cent higher than it was last September, says UCN president Doug Lauvstad.

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“This is great news,” the president said in a press release. “Students realize UCN has the programs, instructors and infrastructure to achieve their goals. Our strong ties to industry and choice of programs make it a logical decision for those wanting to gain a diploma, certificate or degree.”

UCN had 62 per cent more students enrol last year than in the 2017-18 academic year – a total of 3,326 students, nearly 1,300 more than the previous year.

“Northern communities and the provincial government have high expectations for our programs,” said UCN’s academic and research vice-president Dan Smith. “More and more students from the north are getting an education that will help them to improve their lives, contribute to their communities and help to strengthen the northern economy.”

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