During last years registration enrollment, we had 1,457 children register.

Is "registration enrollment" the best choice here?

The reason I don't just use the word "registration" is that a registration is a particular student's registration for the school. But maybe that word is applicable to each individual registration, as well as the entire process itself?


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The context shapes the interpretation.

For instance, if your example sentence was amended by dropping the word 'enrollment' from the tautologous term 'registration enrollment':

During last year's registration, we had 1,457 children register

it is clear that here, 'registration' must refer to the process or period during which the entire population of pupils was being registered.

It would therefore be incorrect to say that in this context, 'registration' refers to the registration of an individual student.

However, if we take a different sentence:

I need to finish typing up Amanda Smith's registration before I go to lunch

it is obvious that we are talking about the registration of a single individual.

Incidentally, application, admission, registration and enrol(l)ment are all possible options here, depending on which jargon term is used or preferred by the relevant educational institution, and in some cases on whether there is a screening-out process. (For instance, application tends to imply that not all comers will necessarily be accepted.)


Admissions may also refer to the process you describe. See for example this. Therefore, something like:

Last year, we admitted 1,457 children.

should easily work in context.

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    Admission is not necessarily the same thing as enrollment. For example, last year Columbia University admitted around 2,300 students, but only enrolled about 1,400; many of those accepted chose to attend other institutions or to defer their enrollment. But usage can vary by institution.
    – choster
    Dec 15, 2014 at 15:34
  • Thanks for the comment! Indeed not the same. As you illustrate, you can combine those words, including registration, to have something more accurate/precise.
    – user98955
    Dec 16, 2014 at 4:15

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