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Students learning more about support services and resources at the Accepted Student Reception at the Ala Moana Hotel

High school seniors considering the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are being exposed to the wealth of opportunities available to them at UH’s flagship campus. With nearly 9,000 students offered admittance, the UH Mānoa Office of Admissions is hosting a series of receptions locally and abroad, welcoming the new class of students and their families, and reminding them to #makemanoayours.

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“This marks the beginning of the student’s journey, and these receptions provide a personal connection for them and their family,” says Roxie Shabazz, assistant vice-chancellor of enrollment management and director of admissions. “Building upon connections made during the recruitment process—whether it was a high school visit or a college fair—the receptions are an added level of engagement. The more engaged students are, the more likely they are to succeed.”

During March, the admissions office hosted receptions in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, and in April there will be receptions on Maui, Hawaiʻi Island, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi.

The first of two Oʻahu accepted student receptions was held April 19 with nearly 350 students and their families in attendance. The reception featured a resource fair of services essential to first-year success, breakout sessions on enrollment next steps and an opportunity for the students to meet their future classmates.

“I felt that the reception was informative, especially the resource fair, which gave me the opportunity to talk with representatives in specific areas that I am interested in,” said Jonah Bobilin, a senior at Island Pacific Academy. “Although I had come to the reception with three classmates from my school, I spent the majority of the time talking with other students that I had never met before.”

In addition to the receptions, there will also be a final series of high school visits, as well as one-on-one sessions locally, in select cities on the continental U.S. and internationally. The sessions cover topics including transitioning to college life, housing options, the registration process, travel opportunities and new student orientation.

More photos from the Accepted Student Reception at the Ala Moana Hotel

Students doing an activity around a table

Jonah Bobilin (center) leading his team in the ice breaker.

UH President and UH Mānoa Interim Chancellor David Lassner

Reception attendants in an Ala Moana Hotel ballroom

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