Peterborough ON – (February 8, 2018) – Fleming College is experiencing unprecedented growth in new students this semester.
Following a January intake of more than 2,000 new students, the College currently has 6,855 students enrolled college-wide. Fleming had previously set an enrolment record of 6,275 students in the fall.
While international students account for the greatest enrolment growth, Fleming also exceeded its enrolment targets for domestic students. The growth was spread across all academic areas within the college.
The increase in new students was higher than expected due to the fact that twice as many international students accepted offers than was anticipated. The growth has presented some challenges. Both Sutherland and Frost campuses are undergoing major renovations, which has impacted available space in the buildings. As well, a tight rental market is making the search for off-campus housing more difficult.
The College has worked to mitigate these issues by hiring new faculty and modifying classroom spaces. As well, the College has partnered with local hotels to provide temporary accommodation for students seeking rental housing.
“While growth and internationalization are in many ways good for the college and our communities, this exceptional pace in growth is presenting challenges for us. I want to commend our Fleming employees and our many community partners for going above and beyond to welcome and accommodate all of our students. Our Fleming faculty, staff and leaders are working to provide the best quality education and experience for each student. It is more difficult to do that with an intake that is larger than we anticipated,” said Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College.
“As of right now, we have two immediate challenges: meeting the needs of this semester, and ensuring more sustainable growth levels for our upcoming summer and fall intakes.”
About half of Fleming’s 100-plus programs have a winter intake.
About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.
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