University enrolment 2007/2008

This article was last updated on May 19, 2022

Just over 1,066,000 students were enrolled in Canadian universities during the academic year 2007/2008, up 0.6% from the previous academic year. This is a much slower rate of growth than the annual average increase of 2.9% since 1998/1999.

Of these 1,066,000 students, 613,600, or 57.5%, were women and 452,600, or 42.4%, were men. The proportion of women, slightly lower than the past years, was similar to 2002/2003.

Undergraduate and graduate enrolment
Total undergraduate enrolment amounted to 812,700, down 0.1% from the previous academic year. Women accounted for 58.1% of undergraduate students.

Full-time and part-time enrolments
Full-time university enrolment rose 0.8% to 796,400 in 2007/2008.

Fields of study
The top three fields of study by number of registrants accounted for one-half of total enrolment in 2007/2008. These fields were social and behavioral sciences, and law; business, management and public administration; and the humanities. These fields of study have been in the top three since 1992/1993.

University degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded 2007

About 241,600 students received a degree, diploma or certificate qualification from a Canadian university in 2007, a 6.9% increase from 2006. Over 80% of the increase occurred in Ontario.

Nearly 61% of qualifications, or 146,700, were awarded to women, continuing a long-term trend in which female graduates outnumber their male counterparts and their proportion continues to increase.

t the undergraduate level, some 195,200 students received a degree, a certificate or a diploma in 2007, up 7.6% from 2006. The vast majority (90%) of the increase occurred in Ontario.

About 34,800 students received a master’s level qualification in 2007, up 2.1% from 2006. Of these, 16,000 were men, unchanged from 2006, and 18,800 were women, a 3.9% increase.

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