Table D.1.6
Percentage1 of females relative to total full-time university enrolment, Canada and provinces, 1998/1999 and 2008/2009

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  Total2 Undergraduate3 Graduate4
1998/1999 2008/2009 1998/1999 2008/2009 1998/1999 2008/2009
Canada5 55 56 56 57 48 52
Newfoundland and Labrador 58 60 57 62 51 51
Prince Edward Island 62 64 63 64 56 67
Nova Scotia 57 58 58 58 50 55
New Brunswick 55 59 56 60 48 48
Quebec 56 56 57 58 49 52
Ontario 54 56 55 57 47 51
Manitoba 55 58 57 58 45 52
Saskatchewan6 56 55 57 54 43 52
Alberta 55 55 55 57 48 49
British Columbia 54 56 55 58 50 55
1. The percentages were calculated on the number of students who were enrolled in a full-time educational activity on December 1st (November 1st in Ontario) and thus present a snapshot of enrolments on that day. The denominator used to calculate the percentage excludes enrolments for which sex was not reported.
2. Includes the following categories not listed in this table and delivered by a university: "Trade/vocational and preparatory training certificate or diploma", "Community college certificate or diploma or other community college level" and "Other program levels". "Other program levels" include program levels not applicable or non-programs (taking non-credit courses or taking courses without seeking a credential).
3. Includes programs leading to a bachelor's degree, a first professional degree, an applied degree, university preliminary year or pre-bachelor, undergraduate level certificate or diploma, license undergraduate and licentiate or testamur.
4. Includes programs leading to a master's degree, an earned doctorate, post-doctoral program, master's qualifying year, university graduate level certificate or diploma, PhD qualifying year or probationary, internship (postgraduate medical education known as post-MD) and residency (medical, dental, veterinary).
5. Since 2005/2006, enrolments for University of Regina have not been available.
The following institutions, previously colleges, now have the status of universities and are included in the 2008/2009 counts for British Columbia: Capilano University, Vancouver Island University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and University of the Fraser Valley. The increase in enrolment for Canada in 2008/2009 was mainly due to the attribution of university status to these five colleges. Part of this increase in university enrolment was in "Trade/vocational and preparatory training certificate or diploma" and "Community college certificate or diploma or other community college level" programs.
Due to a revision of the institutions included in the survey, the following are not included in the 2008/2009 data: in New Brunswick, Bethany Bible College; in Ontario, Institut de pastorale des Dominicains, Tyndale University College and Seminary, Redeemer University College, Royal Military College of Canada; in Alberta, Newman Theological College; in British Columbia, Regent College, Vancouver School of Theology, Trinity Western University, and Seminary of Christ the King.
6. For University of Saskatchewan, the definition of full-time and part-time has changed. The registration status for enrolments in 2008/2009 refers to the September-to-December period. In the previous years, it referred to the September-to-April period. For University of Saskatchewan, residency enrolments in the health-related programs are not included in the 2008/2009 counts.
Notes: To ensure the confidentiality of responses, all counts are randomly rounded to a multiple of 3. Since the total and sub-totals are independently rounded, the total value may not match the sum of the individual values. Similarly, percentage distributions, which are calculated on rounded data, may not necessarily add up to 100%.
Enrolments counts were revised from 2004/2005 to 2007/2008. Also, the enrolments for the Institut de pastorale des Dominicains were removed from the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 data. The reconciliation of data is not yet completed for University of Saskatchewan for 2008/2009; University of British Columbia, for 2006/2007 to 2008/2009.
All PSIS data are subject to revision.
For a brief description of this indicator, including the methodology, please see the Handbook for the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program.
Source: Statistics Canada, Postsecondary Student Information System, CANSIM Table 477-0013, published July 14, 2010.
Updated December 13, 2010.