Atlantic universities see slight drop in enrolments

October 24, 2014

Enrolment numbers are down at Canada’s Atlantic universities, but the news isn’t as bad as some expected. According to the 2014-2015 preliminary survey of enrolments recently released by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), enrolment numbers are almost on par with last year. In Nova Scotia, the largest declines in enrolment were at Saint Mary’s University and the University of King’s College, which reported dips of 4.3% and 7.4%, respectively. In New Brunswick, the largest enrolment dip was at Saint Thomas University (6.5%). Both the University of Prince Edward Island and Memorial University saw slight enrolment increases. The overall enrolment decline for all Atlantic universities is 1.2%. “In recent years, we've seen the decline in the youth population here in the Maritimes, so knowing that, years ago, we decided to look heavily into recruiting internationally,” said SMU’s VP of External Affairs Margaret Murphy. Earlier this year, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) reported that enrolment numbers at Maritime universities were holding steady due to increased numbers of out-of-region and international students. CBC | AAU Report