Enrollment Expected To Increase

Despite $2-million in provincial funding to keep the Kemptville Campus open longer, the University of Guelph is still anticipating an increase in enrollment at the Ridgetown Campus.

The province is providing the university with $2-million to offer agricultural trade programs at the Kemptville Campus. Officials announced last month both Kemptville and Alfred UofG campuses would be consolidated and closed by 2015.

“No new students are being admitted to the associate diploma program in agriculture in Kemptville. It’s only trades programs that will be taking new students for the upcoming academic year,” says Vice President of UofG Communications Chuck Cunningham. “What we expect to see is a spinoff, especially from applicants to Kemptville campus changing their choice to Ridgetown. We expect enrollment at Ridgetown will increase.”

Cunningham says many of the trades programs are only a few months long. An independent group in the Kemptville community has banded together to keep the campus operational.