Student talking with staff member

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Admissions and UH President David Lassner welcomed prospective incoming students and their parents at the Los Angeles Accepted Student Reception on March 31, at the Westdrift Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California. It is one of six annual accepted student receptions held in California and Colorado.

About 425 high school seniors and their families from the Los Angeles area met school representatives to learn more about UH Mānoa’s array of academic and student life programs.

“I chose UH because they have an amazing marine biology program and arts program and that’s what I am looking forward to studying in the future,” said Emma Goldberg, a high school senior from Pasadena who has been accepted at UH Mānoa. Though many of the students who attended like Emma have already decided to go to UH, others were still trying to make up their minds.

“This is just a great opportunity for us to reach out to the students we have admitted and their families to help them understand what an amazing experience they will have if the choose to make UH Mānoa theirs,” said Lassner, who attended and spoke at the reception.

The sessions covered topics including transitioning to college life, housing options, the registration process, travel opportunities and new student orientation.

“I was really interested in seeing what type of other students were planning on coming here, as well as meeting a lot more of the staff and just the whole, getting a better vibe of the community I was going to be attending college to,” said Joie Yokoro, a high school senior from Huntington Beach who has been accepted at UH Mānoa.

UH Mānoa alumni from the Los Angeles area attended as ambassadors to share the role the university played in their lives and careers.

UH Mānoa has received a record 19,000 undergraduate applications, a 33-percent jump over last year’s record number, which led to the largest freshman class in the university’s 111-year history.