Niagara College is ushering in the new year with an influx of new students and a full slate of Orientation activities to welcome them.
NC planned several activities and events to introduce new students to college life. January Orientation began on Jan. 3 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus and continued on Jan. 4 at the Welland Campus. Students received welcome kits, had an opportunity to attend program information sessions and co-op sessions, enjoyed a free lunch and student service presentations, listened to live entertainment, and had a chance to win prizes.
For more details about January Orientation, click here.
With 984 new students this month, the College continues its record-breaking academic year for 2012-2013. When combined with the 8,997 full-time students that began their studies in September – a 9.4% increase over the previous year – as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) and apprenticeship students, enrolment topped 10,000 for the first time in the College’s history. These numbers include 4,900 first-year students – 10% more than its Fall 2011 term and more than double the system-wide average.
“The advantage of having a college education in today’s competitive job market is unparalleled and an increasing number of students are recognizing its value,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “Our College’s leading-edge programming, recent facility upgrades, and our reputation as a provincial leader in student satisfaction have also contributed to our steady enrolment growth over the last decade.”
Niagara College’s enrolment growth falls in line with a record-breaking year reported by Colleges Ontario. On Dec. 5, Colleges Ontario announced a 4.9% increase in first-year enrolment over the previous year and a 17.4% spike in International enrolment system-wide. It also reported a 40% spike in the number of university graduates applying to college during the past five years.