Mid-year enrolments see UC student numbers increase further 22%

01 August 2018

University of Canterbury student numbers have received a further boost this year with a 22% increase in mid-year enrolments compared to last year.

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    UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr says he is delighted with the number of new students enrolled this year, putting UC’s popularity down to a variety of factors, including a wide range of attractive programmes, affordable accommodation, and the supportive student environment on campus.

University of Canterbury student numbers have received a further boost this year with a 22% increase in mid-year enrolments compared to last year.

With increases across all five Colleges, UC has a total of 16,906 students, including 1014 doctoral students as of 31 July 2018, compared to a total of 14,424 students in July 2014.

“Since UC started the academic year with a big increase in new-to-UC students, I’ve often been asked whether this increase in enrolments is related to the fees-free policy,” Dr Carr says.

“While we’ve not yet had any conclusive evidence that UC’s enrolment boost has come directly from the new policy, there is emerging evidence that many first-year students are saying it was a significant factor in their choice or that it made some difference to their decision to study at UC this year.”

It appears that the increase in mid-year enrolments includes more people choosing to remain in the city to study, as well as more students moving to Christchurch, he says.

“We’ve had anecdotal evidence of students transferring from more expensive and congested locations, especially to escape difficult renting situations, such as in Auckland and Wellington,” Dr Carr says.

“UC is proud to be part of the continuing recovery and exciting growth of Christchurch as the place to be.”

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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