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2006/2007 (Previous release)

Enrolment in Canadian universities rose 0.9% in the academic year 2006/2007, the second smallest growth rate since 2000.

Young adults aged 18 to 21 accounted for 90% of this growth as their numbers increased 2.1% to 427,400.

Enrolment, which was on the decline throughout the mid-1990s, has picked up in the last 10 years. This was due largely to a higher number of these students aged 18 to 21, whose rate of growth outpaced that of total enrolment.

Female students accounted for 58% of all registrations in 2006/2007, a proportion that has remained steady since 2001.

In 2006/2007, 611,700 women were registered, up 1.1% from the previous academic year, while the number of male students rose 0.7% to 445,300.

Undergraduate and graduate enrolment

Total undergraduate enrolment amounted to 811,800, up 1.1% from the previous academic year. Women accounted for 59% of the total undergraduate enrolment.

Undergraduate enrolment among men increased 1.1%, compared with a 1.0% increase for women, which was half their rate of growth in the previous academic year.

About 95,700 students were enrolled in a master's program in 2006/2007, up 1.8% from the previous academic year. Women accounted for just over 54% of enrolment at the master's level.

At the doctorate level, enrolment of 36,800 in 2006/2007 was virtually unchanged from the previous academic year. This was the smallest increase in enrolment in doctoral programs since 1999/2000.

Men still outnumber women in doctorate programs, although their proportion has been on the decline. In 2006/2007, men accounted for less than 54% of doctorate registrations, down from 60% in 1995/1996.

Full- and part-time enrolments

Full-time university enrolment rose 0.8% to 788,000 in 2006/2007.

The number of full-time registrations rose in four provinces: Prince Edward Island (+3.3%), Ontario (+2.7%), Manitoba (+1.2%), and Quebec (+0.8%).

The largest decline in full-time registration occurred in New Brunswick at 4.8%, followed by Newfoundland and Labrador (-3.0%), British Columbia (-2.4%), and Nova Scotia (-2.1%).

Part-time university enrolment increased 1.2% to 269,300. The largest gains were in Prince Edward Island (+20.8%) and Alberta (+13.3%). Universities in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec recorded declines in part-time enrolment.

Fields of study

The top three fields of study by numbers of registrants (social and behavioral sciences and law; business, management and public administration; and the humanities) accounted for nearly one-half (49%) of total enrolment in 2006/2007.

A record 187,300 students were registered in social and behavioral sciences, and law, up 4,700 from the previous academic year. This field of study accounted for almost 18% of total enrolment.

Enrolment in business, management and public administration reached 174,700, an increase of 6,300.

Enrolment fell in four fields (personal improvement and leisure; humanities; physical and life sciences, and technologies; and mathematics, computer and information sciences).

Note to readers

Data for the University of Regina are not included in estimates of counts for 2005 and 2006. National trend analysis involving years prior to 2005 compared with 2005 or 2006 will be affected insignificantly by this absence.

The 2006/2007 data for the University of British Columbia are preliminary. Enrolment counts for certain universities are based on estimates.

University enrolment data for 2006/2007 are obtained using information from the Postsecondary Student Information System, formerly the Enhanced Student Information System, and from the University Student Information System.

The data are subject to revision.

The decline in mathematics, computer and information sciences field continued a long-term trend. In 2006/2007, 33,900 students were enrolled in the field, down 7.4% from 2005/2006 and well below the peak of 46,000 in 2001/2002. The field accounted for 3.2% of total enrolment in 2006/2007, the lowest proportion since 1992.

The table 477-0013 will soon be available on CANSIM.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 5017.

Data tables are available from the Summary tables module of our website.

For general information, to order data, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-800-307-3382; 613-951-7608; fax: 613-951-4441; educationstats@statcan.gc.ca), Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics.

Table 1

University enrolment by registration status
  2001/2002r 2004/2005r 2005/2006r,1 2006/20071  2001/2002 to 2006/20072
  number % change change in number
Total3,4 886,700  1,019,800  1,047,700  1,057,300  19.2 170,600 
Male 376,900 431,500 442,400 445,300 18.2 68,400
Female 509,600 588,000 605,000 611,700 20.0 102,100
Full-time3,4 635,100 760,400 781,500 788,000 24.1 152,900
Male 276,100 329,400 338,800 340,500 23.3 64,400
Female 358,900 430,900 442,600 447,300 24.6 88,400
Part-time3,4 251,600 259,400 266,200 269,300 7.0 17,700
Male 100,800 102,100 103,600 104,800 4.0 4,100
Female 150,700 157,100 162,400 164,400 9.1 13,600
Undergraduate level3 680,700  788,800  803,400  811,800  19.3 131,200 
Full-time3 528,200 633,400 647,900 653,300 23.7 125,100
Male 223,300 266,300 273,000 275,000 23.1 51,600
Female 304,800 367,100 374,900 378,300 24.1 73,400
Part-time3 152,500 155,400 155,600 158,500 4.0 6,000
Male 59,800 60,500 60,200 62,000 3.6 2,200
Female 92,700 94,800 95,300 96,500 4.2 3,900
Graduate3 124,600  151,000  153,700  156,100  25.3 31,500 
Full-time3 84,700 107,600 111,400 113,300 33.6 28,500
Male 43,100 54,500 55,900 56,100 30.3 13,100
Female 41,700 53,100 55,500 57,100 36.9 15,400
Part-time3 39,900 43,300 42,300 42,900 7.5 3,000
Male 18,300 19,100 18,100 17,800 -2.7 -500
Female 21,600 24,200 24,200 25,100 16.1 3,500
revised
Enrolment figures do not include the University of Regina.
Changes (percentage and number) are based on rounded figures.
Includes sex unknown.
Includes the other program level category.
Note(s):
Enrolment figures may not add up due to rounding to the nearest 100.

Table 2

University enrolment by fields of study and gender
  2001/2002r 2005/2006r,1 2006/20071 2001/2002 to 2006/2007 2005/2006 to 2006/2007
  number % change2
Total3 886,700 1,047,700 1,057,300 19.2 0.9
Male 376,900 442,400 445,300 18.2 0.7
Female 509,600 605,000 611,700 20.0 1.1
Personal improvement and leisure 100 300 200 254.5 -29.7
Male 0 100 100 560.0 -13.2
Female 0 200 100 175.0 -39.7
Education3 69,500 74,000 74,500 7.2 0.7
Male 17,000 17,700 17,800 4.5 0.6
Female 52,500 56,300 56,700 8.1 0.8
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies3 27,900 37,200 37,500 34.4 0.8
Male 9,500 12,600 12,900 34.9 2.3
Female 18,400 24,600 24,600 34.2 0.0
Humanities3 133,100 165,100 160,500 20.6 -2.8
Male 50,000 63,400 61,400 22.8 -3.2
Female 83,200 101,600 99,100 19.2 -2.5
Social and behavioural sciences, and law3 138,600 182,600 187,300 35.2 2.6
Male 48,500 63,700 65,000 34.1 2.0
Female 90,100 118,900 122,300 35.8 2.9
Business, management and public administration3 141,500 168,400 174,700 23.4 3.7
Male 62,800 79,200 82,800 31.8 4.5
Female 78,700 89,200 91,900 16.8 3.0
Physical and life sciences, and technologies3 78,300 94,500 93,600 19.6 -1.0
Male 35,100 42,400 42,000 19.6 -0.8
Female 43,100 52,100 51,500 19.5 -1.2
Mathematics, computer and information sciences3 46,000 36,600 33,900 -26.4 -7.4
Male 32,800 26,700 24,600 -25.0 -7.6
Female 13,200 9,900 9,300 -29.8 -6.9
Architecture, engineering and related technologies3 74,800 85,500 85,800 14.6 0.3
Male 57,400 67,500 67,600 17.6 0.0
Female 17,400 18,000 18,200 4.4 1.1
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation3 14,900 15,300 15,500 3.7 1.6
Male 7,000 6,800 6,800 -2.7 0.2
Female 8,000 8,500 8,700 9.3 2.6
Health, parks, recreation and fitness3 81,000 104,200 108,500 33.9 4.0
Male 24,400 29,400 30,600 25.4 4.2
Female 56,600 74,800 77,800 37.5 4.0
Personal, protective and transportation services 1,200 1,800 2,200 88.9 27.1
Male 800 1,000 1,300 52.1 24.0
Female 300 700 1,000 181.4 32.5
Other3 79,700 82,200 83,100 4.2 1.1
Male 31,400 31,900 32,500 3.5 1.8
Female 48,200 50,100 50,500 4.7 0.8
revised
Enrolment figures do not include the University of Regina.
The percentage changes are based on rounded figures.
Includes sex unknown.
Note(s):
Enrolment figures may not add up due to rounding to the nearest 100.

Table 3

University enrolment by province
  2001/2002r 2005/2006r,1 2006/20071 2001/2002 to 2006/2007 2005/2006 to 2006/2007
  number % change2
Canada 886,700 1,047,700 1,057,300 19.2 0.9
Newfoundland and Labrador 16,300 18,300 17,800 9.4 -2.9
Prince Edward Island 3,400 3,800 4,000 19.2 5.7
Nova Scotia 40,600 43,300 42,500 4.7 -2.0
New Brunswick 24,300 25,000 23,800 -2.3 -5.0
Quebec 240,700 266,000 266,700 10.8 0.3
Ontario 335,700 431,000 441,500 31.5 2.4
Manitoba 34,100 39,600 40,100 17.5 1.3
Saskatchewan 32,100 20,600 20,600 ...3 ...3
Alberta 79,100 91,700 94,400 19.4 2.9
British Columbia 80,400 108,200 105,900 31.7 -2.2
Full-time students          
Canada 635,100 781,500 788,000 24.1 0.8
Newfoundland and Labrador 13,500 15,000 14,500 7.5 -3.0
Prince Edward Island 2,800 3,300 3,400 21.0 3.3
Nova Scotia 32,500 35,400 34,700 6.8 -2.1
New Brunswick 19,600 20,600 19,600 0.1 -4.8
Quebec 144,200 168,600 169,900 17.8 0.8
Ontario 254,400 348,300 357,500 40.5 2.7
Manitoba 24,800 28,900 29,300 17.9 1.2
Saskatchewan 24,300 15,800 15,700 ...3 ...3
Alberta 60,200 68,000 67,600 12.3 -0.7
British Columbia 58,900 77,700 75,800 28.8 -2.4
Part-time students          
Canada 251,600 266,200 269,300 7.0 1.2
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,700 3,300 3,300 18.8 -2.4
Prince Edward Island 600 500 600 10.0 20.8
Nova Scotia 8,100 7,900 7,800 -3.9 -1.5
New Brunswick 4,700 4,400 4,100 -12.1 -6.3
Quebec 96,500 97,400 96,800 0.4 -0.6
Ontario 81,300 82,800 84,000 3.2 1.4
Manitoba 9,300 10,700 10,800 16.4 1.6
Saskatchewan 7,800 4,900 4,900 ...3 ...3
Alberta 19,000 23,700 26,900 41.8 13.3
British Columbia 21,500 30,500 30,100 39.6 -1.5
revised
not applicable
Enrolment figures do not include the University of Regina.
The percentage changes are based on rounded figures.
Percentage change is not provided due to the absence of data for the University of Regina in 2005/2006 and 2006/2007.
Note(s):
Enrolment figures may not add up due to rounding to the nearest 100.
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University enrolment

2006/2007 (Previous release)

Enrolment in Canadian universities rose 0.9% in the academic year 2006/2007, the second smallest growth rate since 2000.

Young adults aged 18 to 21 accounted for 90% of this growth as their numbers increased 2.1% to 427,400.

Enrolment, which was on the decline throughout the mid-1990s, has picked up in the last 10 years. This was due largely to a higher number of these students aged 18 to 21, whose rate of growth outpaced that of total enrolment.

Female students accounted for 58% of all registrations in 2006/2007, a proportion that has remained steady since 2001.

In 2006/2007, 611,700 women were registered, up 1.1% from the previous academic year, while the number of male students rose 0.7% to 445,300.

Undergraduate and graduate enrolment

Total undergraduate enrolment amounted to 811,800, up 1.1% from the previous academic year. Women accounted for 59% of the total undergraduate enrolment.

Undergraduate enrolment among men increased 1.1%, compared with a 1.0% increase for women, which was half their rate of growth in the previous academic year.

About 95,700 students were enrolled in a master's program in 2006/2007, up 1.8% from the previous academic year. Women accounted for just over 54% of enrolment at the master's level.

At the doctorate level, enrolment of 36,800 in 2006/2007 was virtually unchanged from the previous academic year. This was the smallest increase in enrolment in doctoral programs since 1999/2000.

Men still outnumber women in doctorate programs, although their proportion has been on the decline. In 2006/2007, men accounted for less than 54% of doctorate registrations, down from 60% in 1995/1996.

Full- and part-time enrolments

Full-time university enrolment rose 0.8% to 788,000 in 2006/2007.

The number of full-time registrations rose in four provinces: Prince Edward Island (+3.3%), Ontario (+2.7%), Manitoba (+1.2%), and Quebec (+0.8%).

The largest decline in full-time registration occurred in New Brunswick at 4.8%, followed by Newfoundland and Labrador (-3.0%), British Columbia (-2.4%), and Nova Scotia (-2.1%).

Part-time university enrolment increased 1.2% to 269,300. The largest gains were in Prince Edward Island (+20.8%) and Alberta (+13.3%). Universities in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec recorded declines in part-time enrolment.

Fields of study

The top three fields of study by numbers of registrants (social and behavioral sciences and law; business, management and public administration; and the humanities) accounted for nearly one-half (49%) of total enrolment in 2006/2007.

A record 187,300 students were registered in social and behavioral sciences, and law, up 4,700 from the previous academic year. This field of study accounted for almost 18% of total enrolment.

Enrolment in business, management and public administration reached 174,700, an increase of 6,300.

Enrolment fell in four fields (personal improvement and leisure; humanities; physical and life sciences, and technologies; and mathematics, computer and information sciences).

Note to readers

Data for the University of Regina are not included in estimates of counts for 2005 and 2006. National trend analysis involving years prior to 2005 compared with 2005 or 2006 will be affected insignificantly by this absence.

The 2006/2007 data for the University of British Columbia are preliminary. Enrolment counts for certain universities are based on estimates.

University enrolment data for 2006/2007 are obtained using information from the Postsecondary Student Information System, formerly the Enhanced Student Information System, and from the University Student Information System.

The data are subject to revision.

The decline in mathematics, computer and information sciences field continued a long-term trend. In 2006/2007, 33,900 students were enrolled in the field, down 7.4% from 2005/2006 and well below the peak of 46,000 in 2001/2002. The field accounted for 3.2% of total enrolment in 2006/2007, the lowest proportion since 1992.

The table 477-0013 will soon be available on CANSIM.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 5017.

Data tables are available from the Summary tables module of our website.

For general information, to order data, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-800-307-3382; 613-951-7608; fax: 613-951-4441; educationstats@statcan.gc.ca), Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics.

Table 1

University enrolment by registration status
  2001/2002r 2004/2005r 2005/2006r,1 2006/20071  2001/2002 to 2006/20072
  number % change change in number
Total3,4 886,700  1,019,800  1,047,700  1,057,300  19.2 170,600 
Male 376,900 431,500 442,400 445,300 18.2 68,400
Female 509,600 588,000 605,000 611,700 20.0 102,100
Full-time3,4 635,100 760,400 781,500 788,000 24.1 152,900
Male 276,100 329,400 338,800 340,500 23.3 64,400
Female 358,900 430,900 442,600 447,300 24.6 88,400
Part-time3,4 251,600 259,400 266,200 269,300 7.0 17,700
Male 100,800 102,100 103,600 104,800 4.0 4,100
Female 150,700 157,100 162,400 164,400 9.1 13,600
Undergraduate level3 680,700  788,800  803,400  811,800  19.3 131,200 
Full-time3 528,200 633,400 647,900 653,300 23.7 125,100
Male 223,300 266,300 273,000 275,000 23.1 51,600
Female 304,800 367,100 374,900 378,300 24.1 73,400
Part-time3 152,500 155,400 155,600 158,500 4.0 6,000
Male 59,800 60,500 60,200 62,000 3.6 2,200
Female 92,700 94,800 95,300 96,500 4.2 3,900
Graduate3 124,600  151,000  153,700  156,100  25.3 31,500 
Full-time3 84,700 107,600 111,400 113,300 33.6 28,500
Male 43,100 54,500 55,900 56,100 30.3 13,100
Female 41,700 53,100 55,500 57,100 36.9 15,400
Part-time3 39,900 43,300 42,300 42,900 7.5 3,000
Male 18,300 19,100 18,100 17,800 -2.7 -500
Female 21,600 24,200 24,200 25,100 16.1 3,500
revised
Enrolment figures do not include the University of Regina.
Changes (percentage and number) are based on rounded figures.
Includes sex unknown.
Includes the other program level category.
Note(s):
Enrolment figures may not add up due to rounding to the nearest 100.

Table 2

University enrolment by fields of study and gender
  2001/2002r 2005/2006r,1 2006/20071 2001/2002 to 2006/2007 2005/2006 to 2006/2007
  number % change2
Total3 886,700 1,047,700 1,057,300 19.2 0.9
Male 376,900 442,400 445,300 18.2 0.7
Female 509,600 605,000 611,700 20.0 1.1
Personal improvement and leisure 100 300 200 254.5 -29.7
Male 0 100 100 560.0 -13.2
Female 0 200 100 175.0 -39.7
Education3 69,500 74,000 74,500 7.2 0.7
Male 17,000 17,700 17,800 4.5 0.6
Female 52,500 56,300 56,700 8.1 0.8
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies3 27,900 37,200 37,500 34.4 0.8
Male 9,500 12,600 12,900 34.9 2.3
Female 18,400 24,600 24,600 34.2 0.0
Humanities3 133,100 165,100 160,500 20.6 -2.8
Male 50,000 63,400 61,400 22.8 -3.2
Female 83,200 101,600 99,100 19.2 -2.5
Social and behavioural sciences, and law3 138,600 182,600 187,300 35.2 2.6
Male 48,500 63,700 65,000 34.1 2.0
Female 90,100 118,900 122,300 35.8 2.9
Business, management and public administration3 141,500 168,400 174,700 23.4 3.7
Male 62,800 79,200 82,800 31.8 4.5
Female 78,700 89,200 91,900 16.8 3.0
Physical and life sciences, and technologies3 78,300 94,500 93,600 19.6 -1.0
Male 35,100 42,400 42,000 19.6 -0.8
Female 43,100 52,100 51,500 19.5 -1.2
Mathematics, computer and information sciences3 46,000 36,600 33,900 -26.4 -7.4
Male 32,800 26,700 24,600 -25.0 -7.6
Female 13,200 9,900 9,300 -29.8 -6.9
Architecture, engineering and related technologies3 74,800 85,500 85,800 14.6 0.3
Male 57,400 67,500 67,600 17.6 0.0
Female 17,400 18,000 18,200 4.4 1.1
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation3 14,900 15,300 15,500 3.7 1.6
Male 7,000 6,800 6,800 -2.7 0.2
Female 8,000 8,500 8,700 9.3 2.6
Health, parks, recreation and fitness3 81,000 104,200 108,500 33.9 4.0
Male 24,400 29,400 30,600 25.4 4.2
Female 56,600 74,800 77,800 37.5 4.0
Personal, protective and transportation services 1,200 1,800 2,200 88.9 27.1
Male 800 1,000 1,300 52.1 24.0
Female 300 700 1,000 181.4 32.5
Other3 79,700 82,200 83,100 4.2 1.1
Male 31,400 31,900 32,500 3.5 1.8
Female 48,200 50,100 50,500 4.7 0.8
revised
Enrolment figures do not include the University of Regina.
The percentage changes are based on rounded figures.
Includes sex unknown.
Note(s):
Enrolment figures may not add up due to rounding to the nearest 100.

Table 3

University enrolment by province
  2001/2002r 2005/2006r,1 2006/20071 2001/2002 to 2006/2007 2005/2006 to 2006/2007
  number % change2
Canada 886,700 1,047,700 1,057,300 19.2 0.9
Newfoundland and Labrador 16,300 18,300 17,800 9.4 -2.9
Prince Edward Island 3,400 3,800 4,000 19.2 5.7
Nova Scotia 40,600 43,300 42,500 4.7 -2.0
New Brunswick 24,300 25,000 23,800 -2.3 -5.0
Quebec 240,700 266,000 266,700 10.8 0.3
Ontario 335,700 431,000 441,500 31.5 2.4
Manitoba 34,100 39,600 40,100 17.5 1.3
Saskatchewan 32,100 20,600 20,600 ...3 ...3
Alberta 79,100 91,700 94,400 19.4 2.9
British Columbia 80,400 108,200 105,900 31.7 -2.2
Full-time students          
Canada 635,100 781,500 788,000 24.1 0.8
Newfoundland and Labrador 13,500 15,000 14,500 7.5 -3.0
Prince Edward Island 2,800 3,300 3,400 21.0 3.3
Nova Scotia 32,500 35,400 34,700 6.8 -2.1
New Brunswick 19,600 20,600 19,600 0.1 -4.8
Quebec 144,200 168,600 169,900 17.8 0.8
Ontario 254,400 348,300 357,500 40.5 2.7
Manitoba 24,800 28,900 29,300 17.9 1.2
Saskatchewan 24,300 15,800 15,700 ...3 ...3
Alberta 60,200 68,000 67,600 12.3 -0.7
British Columbia 58,900 77,700 75,800 28.8 -2.4
Part-time students          
Canada 251,600 266,200 269,300 7.0 1.2
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,700 3,300 3,300 18.8 -2.4
Prince Edward Island 600 500 600 10.0 20.8
Nova Scotia 8,100 7,900 7,800 -3.9 -1.5
New Brunswick 4,700 4,400 4,100 -12.1 -6.3
Quebec 96,500 97,400 96,800 0.4 -0.6
Ontario 81,300 82,800 84,000 3.2 1.4
Manitoba 9,300 10,700 10,800 16.4 1.6
Saskatchewan 7,800 4,900 4,900 ...3 ...3
Alberta 19,000 23,700 26,900 41.8 13.3
British Columbia 21,500 30,500 30,100 39.6 -1.5
revised
not applicable
Enrolment figures do not include the University of Regina.
The percentage changes are based on rounded figures.
Percentage change is not provided due to the absence of data for the University of Regina in 2005/2006 and 2006/2007.
Note(s):
Enrolment figures may not add up due to rounding to the nearest 100.