UH System Fall 2006 enrollment maintains same level as 2005

Smaller campuses--Kauai CC, UH West Oahu, and Windward CC--experience greatest percentage increases

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Sep 12, 2006

HONOLULU — Preliminary figures released today show that the University of Hawaiʻi system has enrolled 50,310 students for this fall semester, a number that reflects essentially no change in student enrollment from fall 2005 and no dramatic variance despite tuition increases that went into effect this semester.

"I am gratified with these enrollment figures because they show that students are not discouraged by tuition costs from pursuing study in higher education," said UH Vice President for Academic Planning and Policy Linda Johnsrud.

UH system enrollment leveled off in fall 2005 after five years of steady increases, and it remains at the same level this year. The university‘s four-year campuses experienced slight fluctuations in their enrollments with UH Mānoa experiencing a modest decrease of 1.5 percent and UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu experiencing increases of 2.5 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.

At UH Mānoa, enrollment dropped off slightly with 20,307 students registered, a decrease of 312 students compared to 2005.

"UH Mānoa has experienced dramatic growth over the past few years, and our campus community worked hard to respond to the increased demand," said UH Mānoa Interim Chancellor Denise Konan. "This year‘s enrollment level puts us in a more stable situation in which we can focus more directly on enhancing student life and learning."

UH West Oʻahu experienced one of the largest percentage increases amongst all campuses with 897 students recorded, up from 869 last year, a 3.2 percent increase. At UH Hilo, there are 3,517 students enrolled, up from 3,431 last year.

"We‘re very pleased with our continued growth in enrollment," said UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng. "We view this development as a validation that more and more students are recognizing UH Hilo as a quality, comprehensive, residential university."

The community colleges saw an overall increase in enrollment with 199 more students at the seven campuses statewide compared to 2005. Total enrollment at the community colleges for the fall semester stands at 25,589, a 0.8 percent increase.

Kauaʻi CC experienced the largest percentage increase of all 10 campuses at 5.3 percent, or 56 more students for a total enrollment of 1,116, followed by Windward CC with a 3.1 percent increase over 2005, or 54 more students, and total enrollment at 1,786. Kapiʻolani CC posted the largest numerical gain of the 10 UH campuses with 173 more students, an increase of 2.4 percent, and total enrollment at 7,480.

Enrollment at Hawaiʻi CC totaled 2,353, down from 2,370, a 0.7 percent decrease; Honolulu CC registered 4,194 students, up from 4,160, a 0.8 percent increase; Leeward CC recorded 5,823 students, down from 5,879, a 1 percent decrease; and Maui CC totaled 2,837 students, down from 2,882, a 1.6 percent decrease.

Visit www.hawaii.edu/offices/app/opp/openenroll for a complete list of enrollment figures by campus and a historical comparison of fall semester enrollments from fall 1996 to fall 2006.


Established in 1907 and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawaiʻi is the state‘s sole public system of higher education. The UH System provides an array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and community programs on 10 campuses and through educational, training, and research centers across the state. UH enrolls more than 50,000 students from Hawaiʻi, the U.S. mainland, and around the world. For more information, visit www.hawaii.edu .

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/app/opp/openenroll/