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UH System Adds 2,300 More Students

Manoa campus sees largest increase

University of Hawaiʻi
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
External Affairs & University Relations
Kristen Cabral, (808) 956-5039
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Sep 11, 2002

University of Hawaiʻi admissions offices across the 10-campus system reported today that 2,300 more students enrolled for the fall semester — an increase of nearly 5 percent than for the same term last year.

"These increases point directly to the excellence of our faculty and the quality of our curriculum," said UH president Evan Dobelle. "The key to maintaining this momentum is having secure and stable funding that will reward excellence in our faculty and strengthen our outreach, curriculum and capital improvements across the system."

Enrollment increased at all campuses except one:

UH Mānoa posted the largest numerical gain, with 1,108 additional students enrolled — an increase of 6.3 percent — for a total of 18,709 students.

UH Hilo‘s opening enrollment stands at 3,069 — an increase of 5.4 percent (157 students). This marks the first time UH Hilo enrollment has been above 3,000 since 1993. Enrollment at the Hilo campus has grown steadily since fall 1998.

UH Community Colleges enrollment stands at 25,865 — up overall by 3.7 percent. Enrollment at Honolulu Community College registered a slight decline in numbers — 156 students (3.4 percent), as a result of a drop in students at Oʻahu military bases. At the same time, however, Honolulu CC semester hours of instruction have increased — fewer students taking more courses.

UH West Oʻahu‘s opening credit enrollment stands at 834, up by 13.8 percent (101 students) over the previous year.

Overall enrollment in the system stands at 48,477 — up 4.9 percent. It is expected that another 20,000 students will take advantage of non-credit programs statewide, bringing total student enrollment to about 68,400.

The University of Hawaiʻi is the state‘s only public postsecondary education system and is comprised of 10 campuses throughout the state — the flagship campus at Mānoa, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo on the Big Island, the University of Hawaiʻi—West Oʻahu on the leeward side of Oahu, and the UH Community Colleges, which includes four campuses on Oʻahu — Honolulu, Kapiʻolani, Leeward and Windward — and one each on Maui, Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi.

For more information about enrollment at specific campuses, contact:

UH Manoa - Janice Heu, (808) 956-7408

UH Hilo - Keith Miser, (808) 974-7334

UH West Oahu - Bill Pearman, (808) 454-4750

UH Community Colleges - Mike Rota, (808) 956-7471