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A bumper crop of undergraduate students enrolled at SFU this semester. Second year students l-r: Shirley Loi, Tiffanie Lai, Jocelyn Tien, Elizabeth Li and Rachel Hui put a sweet spin on the start of classes during Week of Welcome festivities Sept. 8-11.

SFU's largest undergraduate class

September 10, 2009

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Week of Welcome organizers this week are rolling out the red carpet to the largest group of undergraduate students in SFU’s history—24,114 as of Sept. 4. The Surrey campus also welcomed its largest first-year class since opening in 2002.

And there may be more top scholars on campus this semester, according to Mehran Kiai, director of enrolment services, because SFU extended nine per cent more scholarship offers this year.

As well, he says students can expect more international diversity in their classroom this semester since SFU is also welcoming more international students than ever before—an increase of 33 percent over last year, bringing the total number of international students to 2,716.

Bill Radford, director of internationalization, says the international student increase is a testament to SFU’s growing global reputation, an effective recruitment program and a mutually beneficial relationship with Fraser International College, which recruits and prepares foreign students for Canadian university studies.

The total number of registered students on all campuses is 28,275, an increase of seven per cent over last year, which was a record year, notes Kiai.

The new Faculty of Environment, which opened in April this year, had a target of 52 registered students and registered 98 by Sept. 4. And in the five-year-old Faculty of Health Sciences, registration jumped from 195 students last fall to 403 students this semester.

Kiai is pleased with the overall registration numbers and attributes the semester’s success to hard-working university recruiters, more coordinated efforts within the university recruitment community and a more streamlined early-admission process.

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