Canadian schools show slight student increases

Ross W. Muir | Managing Editor
Systems design engineering student Isaac Veldhuis was among 40 official Orientation Week leaders who welcomed new students and their families to Conrad Grebel University College this September on Move-In Day. The eager crowd was greeted with cheers and a song, and students soon got to know each other during a week of games, activities, and an all-college retreat. (Grebel photo by Jennifer Konkle)

Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont.
This September, more than 260 post-secondary school students made their way to Conrad Grebel University College on the University of Waterloo campus. Arriving from across Canada (primarily Ontario), the United States, and internationally from Indonesia, India, Sudan, Vietnam and China, these students bring much energy, ambition and excitement to the Grebel residence program. Just over 30 percent of Grebel residents come from Mennonite backgrounds, giving the college a rich diversity with more than 30 other Christian denominations represented, plus several other religions.

In addition to being a residence, Grebel is home to UWaterloo’s music, peace and conflict studies, and Mennonite studies departments. Undergraduate numbers for the Fall 2018 term are holding steady at more than 1,500 enrolments, while student interest in Grebel’s graduate programs continue to rise. This year, the master of peace and conflict studies program admitted 20 new students, for a total of 41 current students. The master of theological studies program welcomed 14 new students, bringing the total to 34.

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Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg
Preliminary fall enrolment at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) reflects an overall 3 percent increase in degree programs, bringing anticipated full-time equivalencies (FTE) for 2018-19 to 675. Together with a steady FTE enrolment of 286 at Menno Simons College (CMU’s downtown campus), total registration for CMU academic programs this year sits at more than 960. Seventy-five percent of CMU students are from Manitoba, evenly split between Winnipeg and other communities, while 13 percent are from other regions of Canada. International students make up 12 percent of the student population, representing 30 countries.

Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, B.C.
Assistant registrar Greg Thiessen says that new students this fall, including transfer students, number 192. This is a 12 percent increase over last year’s fall enrolment of 171 new students. Total CBC student enrollment for 2018-19 is 420.

Systems design engineering student Isaac Veldhuis was among 40 official Orientation Week leaders who welcomed new students and their families to Conrad Grebel University College this September on Move-In Day. The eager crowd was greeted with cheers and a song, and students soon got to know each other during a week of games, activities, and an all-college retreat. (Grebel photo by Jennifer Konkle)

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) students enjoy the sun and play games at the welcome festival on September 4. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Mennonite University)

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