Innovative programs and sense of community boost numbers

The word is spreading about Carleton’s innovative programs and sense of community.

And registration is skyrocketing because of it.

“Carleton is thriving with innovative academic and support programs, which have generated great interest,” says Suzanne Blanchard, associate vice-president (enrolment management) and university registrar.

The overall number of registrations to Carleton is on the rise, with a growth of seven per cent for the Ottawa area, five per cent in the greater Toronto area and 13 per cent among international students.

“Our location in Ottawa, hands-on learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities for students to get involved are highlighted in our recruitment campaign,” says Blanchard.

Carleton’s ongoing events provide ample opportunities for students to come to campus, meet with professors and experience the university.

“We’ve got a different approach. We’re very flexible and we’re also very accessible when they’re here,” says Jean Mullan, director of the Undergraduate Recruitment Office.

Carleton recruiters have also made 240 international school visits in 32 countries.

“International student numbers at Carleton are increasing due to an aggressive recruitment strategy,” says Blanchard. “We also note that students go home and share their positive experiences with friends and family.”

The friendly atmosphere is what prospective students encounter when they first arrive on campus and it’s a feeling that continues throughout their academic career. Blanchard also says that surveys completed by current students have highlighted positive feedback about Carleton’s support services, exchange programs and work placements.

Carleton recruiters also reach out to parents of prospective students.

“Parents are really involved in decisions their sons or daughters are making,” adds Blanchard. “They feel comfortable that Carleton will provide its students with an environment that’s supportive and gives them the opportunity to grow.”

September marks the launch of the Carleton Complete program which offers ongoing academic assistance, including an early warning initiative that identifies students who might benefit from additional support and academic improvement plans. Starting in January, the co-curricular record system will provide students with an official record of their extra-curricular activities.

“We’re ready and excited to welcome the incoming class of 2009 to the Carleton community this month,” says Blanchard.
Fact Box

  • Registrations at Carleton University are up seven per cent overall.
  • There is a growth in registrations of seven per cent in Ottawa, five per cent in the greater Toronto area and 13 per cent among international students.
  • Carleton has held successful recruitment events in Ottawa, Toronto, across Canada and parts of the United States.
  • Carleton recruiters made 240 international school visits in 32 countries and domestic recruiters visited 583 schools last year.
  • Carleton’s personalized recruitment approach includes one-on-one pre-admission appointments and meetings with faculty members.
  • Online efforts have also been bolstered by weekly online chats for potential new students.
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    By Kristy Strauss

    Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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