More Indigenous students seeking advanced degrees


Students return to campus Sept 2017 - staff photo

Students return to campus Sept 2017 – staff photo


Overall enrolment for Fall 2017 stable with 9,359 students

WINNIPEG, MB – The number of Indigenous students choosing to continue their studies in graduate programs at The University of Winnipeg has almost doubled , and incoming Indigenous students now constitute 13% of the student body  (up from 12% last year), among the highest participation rates for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students in Canada.

For fall 2017, UWinnipeg’s overall student headcount is up 0.8% for a total of 9,359 compared to 9,288 in fall 2016. This is driven primarily by an increase in our graduate student population which has increased to 252 students this year, compared to 231 last year.

This year, 685 international students (undergraduate and graduate) are enrolled compared to 619 last year, representing 7.3% of our student body, up from 6.7%. The top five countries that our international students originate from are: India, Nigeria, China, Germany, and the United States.

The biggest upward trend is the increase in self-identified Indigenous graduate students, at 7.5% this year compared to 3.5% last year.

“We are honoured to be attracting such a rich diversity of students and talent which we see as our biggest strength,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg. “We are always seeking to create new pathways into our programs so that all students can thrive here. For instance, this summer we pioneered an Indigenous Summer Scholars program aimed at encouraging bright students to pursue advanced degrees. We hope with these kinds of supports we will continue to see increased participation rates.”

Undergraduate students are registered for a total 31, 353 full credit equivalents, virtually the same as last year. Approximately 75% of UWinnipeg undergraduate students attend full time. Overall, 913 students self-identify as Indigenous representing 9.8% of our student body. Approximately 62% of our undergraduate students are female.

In the next several weeks, enrolment numbers will experience some fluctuation as students drop and add courses. Final enrolment numbers will be available in November.

Graduate students                                   252                                     
Undergraduate students                        9,107
Total                                                      9,359                 



Diane Poulin, Senior Communications Specialist, The University of Winnipeg

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