Students at UH Mānoa. (Photo by D. Miyamoto)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s fall 2013 freshman class is notable for its high caliber, namely, the number of students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes, elevated SAT scores and strong representation of local public high schools.

Based on specific information from the UH Mānoa Institutional Research Office, a review of fall 2013 data on UH Mānoa freshmen demonstrates an increase in:

  • Total number of freshmen, including first-time students skipping freshman status and entering as sophomores—2,011 in fall 2013, up from 1,994 in fall 2012. A number of entering students have earned enough college credits in high school to qualify them as sophomores, thereby skipping their freshman status completely.
  • Number of freshmen who ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes—27.3 percent in fall 2013, up from 24.1 percent in fall 2012.
  • Mean scores of enrolled freshmen’s SAT scores in math (a fall 2013 mean score of 561, up from 556 in fall 2012) and reading (a fall 2013 mean score of 531, up from 530 in fall 2012).
  • Number of freshmen who are Hawaiʻi public high school graduates—66.6 percent in fall 2013, up from 62.2 percent in fall 2012.

“We are excited that so many qualified high school graduates have launched their journeys toward higher education degrees at UH Mānoa,” said Chancellor Tom Apple. “Also, because more high schools locally and nationally are offering AP courses, some of our first-time students have vaulted completely over freshman status to become sophomores, thereby facilitating faster graduation rates.”

Read the UH Mānoa news release for more information.