three smiling high school counselor standing in the campus center courtyard

Participants at the high school counselors workshop.

More than 13,000 applications for enrollment at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa were submitted this year, the most received in a quarter century, thanks to continuous recruitment efforts by the Office of Admissions.

Among the many recruitment initiatives is the annual high school counselors workshop held at Campus Center. This year, more than 150 counselors, including 34 from the neighbor islands attended the all-day workshop to learn about what UH Mānoa has to offer so they can guide students on how to make the most of their Mānoa experience.

Associate Director of Admissions Ryan Yamaguchi also unveiled the new Counselors Resource webpage on the Admissions website, which can assist counsellors as they speak with students at every stage of the college decision making process.

The workshop is an opportunity for counselors to be on campus while the semester was in session to experience all that UH Mānoa has to offer first hand. The workshop opened with a resource fair featuring UH Mānoa’s academic programs and student services.

In the breakout sessions counselors chose from a wide variety of workshops that included a campus tour, admissions, athletics, NCAA eligibility, financial aid, and STAR GPS, the UH registration system that helps students to graduate on time.

“Our high school counselors come in right after parents when advocating for higher education, especially with regards to the Mānoa campus. We value our partnerships with the high school counselors—we value their feedback, their concerns, and welcome the opportunity to dialogue in order to strengthen and improve the overall college admittance process,” said Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions Roxie Shabazz. “I am proud of the changes we’ve made that ultimately impact and benefit our future Rainbow Warrior students and we owe great thanks to that of our high school counselors who continuously support our efforts.”

“I enjoyed seeing all the different services available to our students who choose UH Mānoa,” said one of the counselors. “It was nice to be able to put faces and names to positions, where I now feel more comfortable calling if I were to have any further questions.”

Counselors provided feedback on their experience and 85 percent said that the workshop changed their impression of UH Mānoa in a positive way.

“I appreciate that Mānoa does outreach to the counselors; it gives a sense of valuing what we say as counselors – implementing changes based on what we’ve said and it is making a difference,” said Mililani High School College Counselor Denise Yamamoto. “Everything trickles down—information we get from events like these and experiences are what we are going to talk to our kids about.”