The University of Regina is a busy place Friday and this weekend, as thousands of new and returning students move back in to begin their fall semester.
Doctor Vianne Timmons, the U of R’s President and Vice-Chancellor said staying on campus can provide a bunch of advantages for students.
“Well there is higher retention rates for students who live on campus, we have programs and residents to support students that are really exceptional. You’re really close to everything and you really have the opportunity to get really engaged. I stayed on campus my first year of university, it really gives you the opportunity to make life-long friends.” Dr. Timmons said.
Doctor Timmons added enrollment is up once again this year for the ninth year in a row with over 15,000 students now choosing the University of Regina for post-secondary education.
“Enrollments are up this year, we’ve hit over 15,000 students and we are thrilled, and so we’re up again for the ninth consecutive year which is pretty exciting.”
Watching all the new students move in also sparked memories for Dr. Timmons, who said she notices tons of positive changes to move in days and welcome week since her time as a student.
“It brings back a lot of memories but, the contrast is what amazes me. When I moved in my mother put me on a bus with a suitcase, and said don’t talk to strangers. Here, we have a machine that operates, everyone who pulls up we have a team of students that unloads the car brings you into the residence, the parents are thrilled,” Dr. Timmons said on Friday.
Fall semester officially begins on Tuesday.