Great start to the year: Early registration numbers up at University of Regina for 2011 Fall semester

News Release Release Date: September 1, 2011 12:00 p.m.

With classes for the Fall semester set to begin on September 7, preliminary student registration numbers are once again up at the University of Regina.  As of the end of August, enrolment at the University was up approximately 11 percent compared to the same time last year, bringing the number of students registered at the University and its three Federated Colleges - Campion College, Luther College and the First Nations University of Canada - to more than 12,200 students. Overall course enrolments are also up at the Federated Colleges, and the number of graduate students on campus has increased by more than 3 percent.

"I am excited about these enrolment increases, because we have worked hard over the past few years to attract and retain students from Saskatchewan, across Canada, and internationally," said Dr. Vianne Timmons, president and vice-chancellor at the University of Regina.  "Now we must continue to focus on ensuring that our students have the tools and supports they need in order to succeed - and the UR Guarantee will be pivotal to that.

"One of the goals in the University's strategic plan was to stabilize our enrolments.  We continue to surpass that objective, and while we celebrate our centennial in 2011, it is wonderful that we also have a great deal to look forward to as we begin a new century of excellence in education on our campus."

Among the new arrivals on campus for the 2011-12 academic year are 350 students in the new Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program which is offered in collaboration with SIAST.

"I'm delighted to welcome our nursing students to campus, together with their new dean, Dr. David Gregory. I'd like to also welcome Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick, our new vice-president (Research) and Dr. Thomas Chase, provost and vice-president (Academic)," Timmons added.

New and returning students will have the opportunity to participate in many activities as they arrive on campus.  The fun begins with Labour Day Welcome Weekend - an event designed to welcome first-year students living in residence. Activities include City of Regina bus tours, carving watermelon helmets, playing games such as pickle ball and viewing the Labour Day Classic football game on television.

Students will be officially welcomed to campus on Tuesday at Orientation Day, and will have an opportunity to meet with deans and professors and tour the campus. The fun continues throughout Welcome Week with activities ranging from the Concert on the Academic Green to a beach volleyball tournament.

Final enrolment numbers will be released later in the fall.