Montreal, October 5, 2011 – Registration at Quebec universities has increased notably for three years in a row, up 3.8% in 2009, 3.7% in 2010 and 2.7% in 2011.
A total of 285,208 students registered at Quebec universities for the 2011 fall semester. Of this number, 195,237 registered for full-time studies (up 3.5% over fall 2010) and 89,971 registered as part-time students (a 0.9% increase).
“I am very pleased to see that more students are registering in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Rising registration is good news for Quebec, which, despite notable advances in recent decades, continues to lag behind Ontario in terms of the percentage of the population with a university education,” said Denis Brière, Chair of the CREPUQ Board of Directors and Rector of Université Laval.
The number of students registered for the first time in a full-time undergraduate program is also up 2.8%, which will have a positive impact on total registration in coming years.
There are a number of reasons for the new increases, including the introduction of new programs and successful recruitment efforts, particularly among foreign students.
Preliminary registration data for the 2011 fall semester There was an increase (3.5%) in the number of students registering for full-time studies at every level (3.8% at the undergraduate level, 2.6% at the graduate level and 2.8% at the postgraduate level). Registration for part-time studies was also up slightly (0.9%), with most of that increase attributable to graduate programs.
A majority of undergraduate and graduate students are women, with percentages remaining stable over recent years. However, the number of women students in post-graduate programs is rising steadily. This year, women account for 57.7% of the student body overall: 56.3% of full-time students and 60.6% of part-time students. Women make up 58.4% of all undergraduates, 57.3% of graduate students and 48.9% of postgraduate students (48.4% in 2010). In addition, 58.19% of new full-time undergraduates are women.
Significant increase in the number of foreign students
A total of 28,011 foreign students registered at Quebec universities for fall 2011, a 7.5% increase over fall 2010. The increase at the undergraduate level was 5.8%, but at the graduate and postgraduate levels, it was even more significant (10% and 11%, respectively). The percentage of foreign students is also up since last year, rising from 9.3% to 9.8% of the total student body. Nearly one in ten students attending Quebec universities is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
The increase in foreign students accounts for 26.1% of the total increase in fall 2011 registrations.
“This notable increase is the result of considerable effort on the part of the universities and CREPUQ to recruit foreign students and provide assistance with orientation and integration. These students are an important asset for Quebec. In a globalized world, they add an international spirit to our campuses and broaden the horizons of Quebec students. And at the more advanced levels, they are making a contribution to research,” said Daniel Zizian, President and Director General of CREPUQ.
These findings come from the universities’ preliminary registration statistics, and do not include data from Télé-université, which does not participate in data collection because of the ongoing nature of its registration process.
To determine the exact causes of variations in student registration, it is necessary to examine the statistics for each university, as the situation varies greatly from one institution to another. All the data by institution, as well as the concepts used in the data collection methodology are available at the CREPUQ website: www.crepuq.qc.ca/spip.php?article102&lang=en
CREPUQ includes all 18 Quebec universities. The organization acts as their voice in relations with government and milieus concerned with university education and research. It also fosters coordination and collaboration between universities, is a research centre for university administrations, acts as a centre for coordination and joint service delivery, and is a resource centre and think tank for its members.
Chantal Pouliot, Director of Communications
Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities
514 288-8524, ext. 244