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Kwantlen enrolment jumps

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Student enrolment at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Surrey campus jumped by 10 per this fall compared to last year.

While roughly 7,000 students attended the campus on 72 Avenue near 126 Street last year, about 8,000 registered to hit the books this month.

Across the university's four campuses, enrolment went up seven per cent, with Langley experiencing the highest jump of 33 per cent, followed by Surrey at 10, and Richmond student numbers rising five per cent.

Richmond now has about 5,700 students (up from 5,300 last year), while Langley has 2,500 (ballooning from last year's 1,800).

The enrolment growth is being attributed to a number of factors – from the location of the four campuses to the diversity of programs.

According to Kwantlen, the three programs with the highest enrolment increases are the Faculty of Social Sciences, which filled almost all of the available fall 2011 seats, the Faculty of Business, and the Faculty of Science and Horticulture. Eight new bachelor of arts programs also admitted their first students this fall.

Enrolment at Kwantlen's trades campus in Cloverdale decreased slightly this fall from last, dropping two per cent to just under 500 students. But Kwantlen officials say the decrease isn't significant due to the small number of students registered at the campus.

 

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