Enrolment Up at UNBC
Prince George, B.C. – More students have chosen UNBC as their place of study this year over last.
As of October 15, UNBC says enrolment is up 6% (an earlier calculation on Sept. 30 showed a 3.9% increase).
New undergraduate registrations are up 19.6% from last year (995 to 1,191) and the number of self-declared Aboriginal students increased by 17.8% from 297 to 350. In total, there are 3,432 students enrolled at UNBC.
It’s great news for a school that has once again led Maclean’s rankings as the top primarily undergraduate post-secondary school in the country this year.
Interim VP academic and provost Dr. Dan Ryan attributes the success partially to Maclean’s, but to other reasons as well.
“The high quality of instruction – we do have great faculty here. So, they feed into that number one ranking,” says Ryan. “There’s also been a renewed effort here at the university to ensure that our processes in place are student centred or student friendly.”
He says that includes a strong performance from the school’s recruitment office.
“Making that effort to help students know about us, but also help them make the transition to high school to being registered here at UNBC.”
Ryan admits small class sizes are a draw as well.
“They’re huge. I’m not sure I can answer exactly how big a draw they are – but when the students get here, that’s one of the big things they appreciate about UNBC. They actually get to know their faculty; they get to work with them,” he says.
“Rather than a much bigger school where they may not see a faculty member until their final year or graduate school. So, it’s an area where a small university like UNBC, in terms of our enrolment, we punch well above our weight.”
*Editor’s note: the last line of this story has been corrected to read “we punch well above our weight.” A previous version read “we punch well about our weight.“*