Report finds fewer students attending Maritime universities

It seems fewer people are choosing to go to university in the Maritime provinces.

A new report by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission finds there were 66,850 students enrolled in Maritime universities in 2015-16 – down 2.3 per cent from the previous year.

Enrolment at New Brunswick universities dropped by 3.6 per cent to 19,394 students.

The largest decline in the province was among international students at 5.5 per cent, although enrolment of New Brunswick residents and other Maritimers also dropped by 4.4 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively.

Enrolment of Canadian students from outside the region increased by 1.1 per cent.

Commission chair Jean-François Richard said the drop is largely the result of fewer Maritimers choosing to enrol in the region's universities.