Maritime university enrolment up despite decrease in local student numbers

March 28, 2012

Despite a drop in the number of Maritimers in the region's universities, the total number of students has risen in recent years. Data from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission show that enrolment growth in regional universities has been fuelled by an increase in the number of students from outside the Maritimes, as well as an increase in the number of graduate programs. More than 30% of students are from outside the region, compared to about 20% a decade ago, and graduate student enrolment has risen by 46% in the last 10 years. International students represent one of the fastest growing groups of students enrolled at Maritime universities, rising nearly 14% in 2010-11 over the previous year, and 150% over 10 years. At the undergraduate level, the number of Maritimers enrolled in regional universities has decreased by 7% since 2000-01. Much of the decline in undergraduate home province enrolment has happened over the past 5 years, and largely concentrated in New Brunswick (a 12% decrease) and in Nova Scotia (an 11% decrease), while remaining fairly stable in PEI (up 3%). MPHEC News Release | Report