SUDBURY – Going into this fall semester, colleges and universities across Ontario were bracing for substantial reductions in enrollment. But it’s been a pleasant surprise at Cambrian College.
Cambrian set a goal of 4,000 students for September. At the registration deadline, 4,727 students had enrolled in classes (3,547 domestic students, 1,180 international students, 256 part-time). Approximately 2,200 of Cambrian’s students this semester are new to the college.
“It’s a great feeling to know that so many students, especially new students, have chosen to move ahead with their education,” says Renee Scott, Cambrian’s Director of Student Success and Recruitment. “Our stellar team in recruitment never stopped working, and our faculty and staff were so engaged, innovative and creative in how they adapted to COVID-19 and supported students throughout this process.”
Cambrian’s overall 2020 fall enrollment represents a decrease of just 344 students compared to last year, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada. Domestic student enrolment remained steady with a dip in international student enrolment.
“Students are resilient and determined, they want to move on and don’t want to let the current COVID-19 situation deter their plans,” adds Paula Gouveia, Cambrian’s Vice-President Academic. “I believe our enrolment numbers are also a show of confidence in how we have handled the COVID situation so far and our hybrid approach to education, with theory continuing online but the campus re-opened for hands-on labs and other learning. We offer quality education, safely designed programs and the opportunity to live and learn in a community that has done a very good job of managing COVID-19. It makes Cambrian an attractive destination for students locally, across Ontario and abroad.”
Cambrian College has implemented a number of measures to prioritize safety while allowing its campus to re-open. They include limiting access to campus to those students, faculty, and staff who must be on site to facilitate learning; screening for symptoms of COVID-19 before access is granted; reconfigured spaces to allow for physical distancing, and mandatory wearing of face coverings while on campus.
This year, for the first time ever as part of Fall semester, Cambrian College is accepting new students in November, as it continues its evolution as a year-round institution.
November starts are available in seven Graduate Certificate programs, as well as a General Arts and Science program. Graduate Certificate programs are geared to students who have already have a college diploma or university degree.
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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit www.cambriancollege.ca
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