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Providence student body growing, diversifying
2016-10-19
 
More post-secondary students are choosing a Providence education than at any time in the last seven years, according to the institution’s most recent Registrar’s Report.
 
Not since the 2009-10 academic year have registrations exceeded the current 493, and the 5,338 credit hours on load is the most since 2008-09.
 
Crucially, the 165 new students enrolled in the ongoing fall semester is the second-highest total in a decade. Retention in our University College, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, also continues to be an area of strength, with an improvement of 15 per cent over the same period in 2015-16.
 
Meanwhile, the Otterburne campus continues to diversify.
 
At this time last year the international student body numbered 81. That number has since grown to 110—the highest in our history. And 17 students—another all-time high—are currently enrolled in Providence EAL (English as an Additional Language) and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) courses.
 
Among the most popular study areas at the University College is our Business program, which is now offering a Bachelor of Business Administration. Bachelor of Arts programs, such as Aviation, Communications & Media, Sociology/Social Science and TESOL are also robust, and Psychology is our fastest-growing major. Our new Science courses are also very popular.
 
At Providence Theological Seminary, which provides graduate-level education, we continue to see strong growth in our Counselling programs, including those offered through Distance Studies. Across all formats and disciplines 121 students are receiving Providence Counselling training.
 
Finally, the Providence-based Mile Two Discipleship School—in just its third year of operation—has already become a go-to gap-year program, with 12 students making up the cohort in 2016-17.
 
While the reputation of a Christ-centred Providence education, which draws on the remarkable abilities of our faculty and staff members, remains our greatest enrollment and retention tool, we are confident the ongoing IMPACT 2020 campaign will ensure our student body continues to grow, diversify and make a difference for Christ in a changing world.
 
IMPACT 2020 has already delivered the Buller School of Business, new science programming, a landscaped courtyard and a Welcome Centre to house all student services.
 
More than $8 million of the $12.5 million goal has already been realized in cash and pledges thanks to the generosity of donors.
 
VIDEO: Learn more about IMPACT 2020.
 
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