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Enrolment at Sault College jumps more than 50 per cent

College says nearly 4,000 domestic and international students enrolled for full-time, post-secondary studies this fall
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Sault College reports that fall enrolment for the 2021 academic year has jumped by more than 50 per cent when compared to last year.  

According to numbers provided by the college, a total of 3,965 domestic and international students are currently enrolled for full-time, post-secondary studies this fall. That’s up 51.6 per cent from the same time last year, when 2,615 students were enrolled. 

In an email to SooToday, Sault College President Ron Common called the growth in enrolment at Sault College “significant,” considering that total enrolment is down more than five per cent across the province this fall when compared to last year. 

“More mature students are returning to Sault College after the pandemic seeking new skills or new careers,” said Sault College President Ron Common. “We are experiencing an increase in non-direct students in our graduate certificate programs. In these programs most have university degrees and are turning to college to fine-tune their skills in practical areas."

The number of international students jumped nearly 110 per cent, from 1,134 students in 2020 to 2,380 students this year. 

A partnership with triOS College has also seen a 261 per cent increase in fall enrolment in Brampton and Toronto, from 413 students last year to 1,491 students this year.