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BRANDON University enrolment is down 3.5 per cent overall after last year's faculty strike, the longest in Manitoba history.

Yet first-year enrolment is up 12.7 per cent, BU president Deborah Poff said Friday.

"We're pretty pleased -- we feel this is a pretty good start to the fall," Poff said. "It's not significant, in any sense that it's worrying us at all."

Poff said BU is still analyzing the numbers and will not count credit hours until Sept. 15 -- credit hours represent the course load students are carrying, and on which their tuition fees are based.

"We were nervous about our recruitment, because of our labour troubles," she said.

Poff said it's too early to tell if the overall decline is due to students leaving during or after last year's strike.

Graduation could have been a factor, and numbers are also down because this is the year BU has transferred its northern teacher education program to the faculty of education at University College of the North.

Meanwhile, enrolment is up 2.8 per cent at Université de Saint-Boniface.

USB has 1,227 students, with science, social work and education seeing the most significant growth.

Thursday, the University of Manitoba announced a 2.9 per cent jump in enrolment to a record 28,975 students.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 8, 2012 A12

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