By David Klassen
The first week of classes at the city’s post-secondary institutions are in the books and, for the most part, enrolment is up.
The University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Red River College and Canadian Mennonite University reported strong numbers for student enrolment to begin the year.
At the U of M, enrolment broke another record, with first day numbers of 29,321 — an increase of 1.8 percent over last year’s record enrolment of 28,795.
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 percent, from 24,948 students in fall term 2012 to 25,225 students in fall term 2013.
The U of W reported a four percent increase for full-time students compared to last year, with 9,337 registered for the fall term (10,870 full-course equivalent). Enrolment in business and economics is up 16%, with the faculty of science seeing an 8.5% boost.
Red River College saw a spike in registration for diploma, degree and certificate programs. Architectural and engineering technology culinary arts saw the biggest leap at 52.9%, next to hotel and restaurant management (up 48%). RRC’s new construction management degree program (up 19%) and nursing degree program (up 12%) have also seen significant gains this academic year.
CMU reported a 2.5% enrolment increase at its Shaftesbury campus and Outtatown program, compared to last year. A total of 621 students registered, with graduated program registrations up by 15%.