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A record number of new students attended orientation activities: drumming, dancing and dodging Braveheart warrior look-alikes.

SFU beats new-student target

September 7, 2007

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First-year enrolment at SFU is six per cent above target even though there are fewer Grade 12 graduates in B.C. Despite changing demographics, SFU is welcoming 5,169 new students at its three campuses this September.          

“We are delighted to have exceeded our new-student enrolment targets,” says Kate Ross, registrar and senior director of student enrolment at SFU.

“Our student residences are completely full and our new-student orientation sessions were over-subscribed. In fact, we are offering extra mini-orientations throughout the first week of classes to make sure all incoming students are properly supported.”

Ross attributes the enrolment success to a concerted effort on the part of the recruitment and admissions staff; improvements in the application, registration and enrolment processes, as well as to improved collaboration with faculties. “The faculties have done a tremendous job,” she notes. “Some faculty members even made personal calls to students who had offers to attend.”

SFU’s Surrey campus is welcoming 665 new first-year students—a 37-per-cent increase over last year. Enrolment figures at Surrey are also well above projections in arts (five per cent over target), business (300 per cent over target), and science (50 per cent over target).

Surrey campus director Joanne Curry attributes the significant increases to “a growing awareness that SFU’s Surrey campus provides a supportive learning environment that’s close to home.”

The average admission grade-point average (GPA) for BC Grade 12 students registered at SFU this fall is 84.4 per cent.

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