Enrolment and retention: moving on up

The number of first-year students deciding to study at Carleton continues to rise as more than 5,000 students arrived on campus this fall.

“We’re right on track with our plans,” says Susan Gottheil, Associate Vice-President (Enrolment Management). “We’ve noticed that there’s been a large increase in applications to the arts. Students are recognizing that a general arts degree gives a very firm foundation for analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills,” she adds, noting that Carleton has reached its maximum capacity in the Bachelor of Arts programs with a total number of 3,129 full-time first-year students.

Mike Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is delighted by the strong entry averages the applicants presented.

“Not only have we attracted our capacity enrolment of students,” he says, “but the entrance average of students applying directly from Canadian high schools continued to rise this year making admission even more competitive.”

Gottheil is also pleased to point out the steady improvement in Carleton’s overall retention rate. “This is another Carleton success story,” she says, noting that the percentage of new students who continue on to second year of study has increased more than 10 percent since 1995.

The reasons for the improved retention rates are numerous, she says. Carleton’s 81 percent or better admission average is attracting serious students who want to succeed. Additionally, a new student success committee, strategic enrolment team and enhanced student services, such as offering residence spaces to all first-year students, all form an attractive, enhanced experience for newcomers.

Gottheil believes the University’s enrolment and retention trend will continue to see positive increases in the coming years. “Carleton is poised to become a residential university in an urban environment. Students are enjoying an exciting community experience and Carleton is still growing.”

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-10/530.htm

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