Student enrolment at UBC may have increased 4% over last year, but two programs in our Faculty left those numbers in the dust.
The Applied Biology (APBI) program showed a 20% increase in domestic first year student enrolment and a 114% increase in students transferring into the program in second year. Our Food, Nutrition and Health (FNH) program is up 11% in domestic first year student enrolment and 52% in student transfers over last year.
The numbers are especially impressive for the APBI program, considering it’s still relatively new. Launched in 2010, the program allows students to study animal, plant, or soil sciences in a way that relates directly to some of the earth’s major issues.
“We anticipated the program would resonate with potential students, but the take-up rate has been very quick. It’s developing a positive reputation with students.” said Lynn Newman, Assistant Dean, Students.
The rise in domestic enrolment numbers can be attributed in part to our Student Services team. In keeping with the goals of UBC’s strategic plan, Place and Promise, Lynn Newman, Winnie Ng and Joshua Robertson – with assistance from Roxana Quinde and Chris McGill – have ramped up their recruitment and retention activities and developed even stronger relationships with students.