Nipissing University is seeing a significant drop in enrolment for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.
According to Ontario Universities' Application Centre, Nipissing is down 19 per cent in its overall enrolment from August of 2021.
The biggest drop came in the number of Ontario Secondary School students which is down 24 per cent (328 in 2022 from 432 in 2021) while the numbers for all other applicants, which includes out-of-province or out-of-country students, mature students or transfer students (175 in 2022 from 195 in 2021) is down 10.3 per cent.
That equates to an overall drop of 19 per cent or 503 students this August compared to 627 in 2021.
The Ontario Application Centre broke down the numbers for all Ontario Universities which overall showed a growth level of 1.7 per cent in August 2022.
Nipissing University believes the Application Centre numbers may not be completely accurate.
"Although we recognize a decline in the OUAC report, we anticipated a decline in enrollment confirmations due to programmatic changes in our on-campus Nursing program. Nipissing University has strong programming that is not captured on the OUAC report, and we remain optimistic in future enrollments for the 2022/23 academic year," stated Carly Johnston, Communications Officer, Nipissing University.
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Meantime in Sudbury at Laurentian University, the school under scrutiny for its financial woes is reporting a 25-per-cent year-over-year increase overall in confirmed students, with increases among international and mature students.