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Trent University Registrations Point to 20 per cent Enrolment Increase

Preliminary figures confirm return to previous enrolment high

Registrations processed over the weekend for Trent University students indicate an approximate 20 per cent increase in full time registrations for 2002-03. This includes a jump in new full time registrations of approximately 30 per cent, and an increase of over 13 per cent in returning students. The figures confirm that Trent’s enrolment picture has improved since the low enrolment of 1998.

"This healthy growth suggests that Trent’s reputation is changing, that our small class sizes are attracting students and that our recruitment messages about our quality programs and faculty are having an effect," says Susan Salusbury, Registrar for Trent University. Salusbury acknowledges that some of the increase in new full time registrations may be a result of students ‘fast tracking’ through their high school curriculum to finish prior to the double cohort year of 2003/04, but adds that the number of students accepting an offer of admission to Trent University is about double that of the provincial average.

Salusbury notes, "The enrolment figures confirm that our dedicated faculty, quality programs, and liaison and recruitment strategies are attracting more students." She emphasizes that the registration numbers are preliminary, subject to change and that official numbers will be forwarded to the Ministry by the official November 1 count date.

Introductory Seminar Week

The enrolment information follows the successful Introductory Seminar Week (ISW) activities, which introduced first year students to sample lectures, programs and college life at the university.

"Hundreds of first year students participated in ISW activities which concluded with the successful Shinerama campaign organized by the Trent Central Students’ Association in support of Cystic Fibrosis," says Bonnie Patterson, President of Trent University. The President commended students for organizing the community-driven fundraising campaign, and thanked faculty and staff for their extensive support of students and the student advising system during ISW week.

More New School Year News from Trent

A number of key activities and accomplishments led up to the start of the new academic year including:
• The recruitment of 31 new faculty to the university’s social sciences, humanities and science departments
• Changes to the College Don system including more training for Dons and preparations to receive younger students
• New initiatives for Special Needs students and a continuation of pilot project supports for Learning Disabled students
• Continued progress on the Build 2000 Science Facility addition and Integrated College projects which are on track for a September, 2003 opening
• Creation of a new Trent University Fundraising Council
• Creation of 23 additional bursaries, scholarships and awards from the previous fiscal year, including the GE Fund Ontario Undergraduate Awards and the Peter Gzowski Northern Scholarship
• Introduction of professional and management development programs as part of Trent’s Continuing Education program series
• Expansion of parking areas, construction of new pathways, and improvements to security to accommodate growth from the double cohort
• Completion of renovations to the Bata Library Podium area

"All of our faculty and staff are to be commended for their hard work during the summer months to prepare for a successful school opening," says President Patterson. "They have worked in an environment of limited resources and continued funding challenges, and have once again focused their efforts on our students."

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