Fewer Maritime students enrolling in regional universities

February 7, 2012

Fewer Maritimers have been attending the region's universities in recent years, largely the result of flattening demand following the peak in 2004, according to a new report from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. Since 2002, the number of Nova Scotians studying in the province, relative to the size of the provincial population aged 18-24, has dropped 4 percentage points to 21% -- the largest decrease in demand among the 3 Maritime provinces. By comparison, the demand in PEI and New Brunswick peaked around 2005 and has since dropped about one percentage point in each province to 18% and 18.6%, respectively. The report projects nearly 7,000 fewer Maritimers enrolling in regional universities in 2025 if demand remains at the same level as today. The report notes that to date, the declining demand among Maritimers has not meant declining enrolments in regional universities. Enrolments have remained fairly stable in recent years through the recruitment of students from outside the Maritimes. In 2010-11, 17,527 students from outside the region were enrolled full-time in Maritime universities, representing 30% of total full-time enrolment. MPHEC News Release | Read the report