UNBC Experiences Trump Bump
Prince George, B.C. – He may be controversial, but it appears UNBC has benefitted from Donald Trump’s run for the White House.
Though the university cautions there could be many factors at play, including new strategies UNBC has deployed in California and a small sample size, new numbers show there’s been a significant increase in both prospective U.S. students and actual applicants from the U.S. at UNBC.
- From Sept. 15, 2014 – February 9, 2016, UNBC received 132 U.S.- address prospects sign up to UNBC 4U, the school’s prospective student website.
- From Feb.9, 2016 – Feb .9, 2017, UNBC received 389 U.S.- address prospect signups to UNBC4U.
- A 195 per cent increase in prospects.
- For the September 2016 semester at this time last year, UNBC received 20 applications from U.S. -addresses for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD combined (13,7 & 0, respectively).
- For the September 2017 semester, so far, UNBC has received 70 applications from U.S. – addresses for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD combined (48, 19, & 3, respectively).
- A 250 per cent increase in applications.
UNBC president Dr. Daniel Weeks says the bump in prospects and applicants is something he’s been hearing from his peers.
“Yes, we are getting a greater number of calls, looking at it, also from potential staff and faculty looking to be more mobile around the world,” he says.
“So, there is some upside to that I guess. I’ve been talking with my colleagues around Canada and most universities – the interest being expressed, particularly from potential students from the U.S. is up considerably right across the country.”