Maritime university enrolments fall 2.3%

February 9, 2017

Enrolments at Maritime universities dropped 2.3% between 2015-16 and the previous academic year, according to a new report from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. During the period studied, New Brunswick saw a 3.6% enrolment drop, Prince Edward Island saw a 2.0% enrolment drop, and Nova Scotia saw a 1.7% enrolment drop. The report notes that the decline in enrolments reflects larger demographic changes in the region, as the population of 18 to 24-year-olds living in the region dropped by 2.2%. However, Commission Chair Jean-François Richard noted that a smaller proportion of Maritime residents are also choosing to enroll in the region’s universities. “It is true that the population of potential students in the region is declining, but we have also been seeing smaller percentages of that population enrolling,” said Richard. MPHEC