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Enrolment at Sheridan paces ahead of provincial average

December 10, 2012

Largest area of growth is in college’s degree programs

For Immediate Release: December 10, 2012
Oakville, ON

First-year enrolment at Ontario’s 24 colleges hit its highest level ever this year, increasing by 4.9 per cent over 2011. Sheridan experienced a 6 per cent increase in first year enrolment, while overall enrolment grew by 6.2 per cent compared to 3.9 per cent for the province as a whole, bringing the number of full-time students enrolled across the college’s campuses in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga to over 18,000.

While enrolment grew across almost all program areas, the most significant spike was seen in Sheridan’s degree programs. Overall enrolment in the ten degrees currently offered by Sheridan grew by 15.6 per cent in the Fall term compared with the previous year. Sheridan also continues to attract an increasing number of international students, up 25.1 per cent over 2011 for a total of 2,484 students.

“We are seeing increasing demand for our degree programs, as more and more students recognize the value of a degree that blends theoretical and experiential learning to better prepare them for the marketplace,” says Sheridan’s president, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky. “We are moving quickly to address this demand, with two new degrees set to launch in 2013 and several others awaiting government approval.”

Sheridan’s degree graduates have enjoyed a high level of success, with an employment rate of 86.75 per cent according to the latest Key Performance Indicators survey. The same survey showed that our degree programs have an 81 percent graduation rate – the highest for college degrees in the province.

Sheridan introduced its first degree programs in 2003, and currently offers four-year degrees in the following disciplines: animation, athletic therapy, early childhood leadership, global business management, illustration, information systems security, interior design, exercise science and health promotion, music theatre, photography. New degrees in game design and interaction design will launch in the Fall of 2013.

About Sheridan:

Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions dedicated to the provision of outstanding academic programs and the support of student and graduate success. We deliver an exceptional educational experience in an environment renowned for innovation and creativity. Program options range from one-year post-graduate certificates to four-year degrees in the arts, business, community service and technology fields. Sheridan serves 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing education students at our campuses in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga.