Prospective and admitted students and their families were welcomed to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus on April 1 for the Mānoa Experience, an annual preview day that showcases life and higher education at one of the world’s greatest universities.
More than 2,000 people attended the event that featured UH Mānoa students, faculty and staff who interacted with the guests through hands-on activities, student performances, giveaways and a Rainbow Warrior photo booth.
Lined up in booths along McCarthy Mall and Legacy Path, more than 130 academic programs and exciting campus activities shared what the university has to offer.
“I came here to see the different majors that they give here at UH Mānoa and just to get a feel of what I want to do when I come to college,” said Aiysis-Jade Mariano, a prospective UH Mānoa student and Farrington High School junior. “Everybody was very kind and whenever I asked questions they gave me great answers.”
UH Mānoa Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Nikki Chun said, “I think the best part is that energy. It’s being able to show off and showcase what we have to offer to students through the undergraduate experience as well as the graduate experience.”
Future ʻBows were able to experience the beautiful campus with student-led and self-guided tours. Attendees viewed the Warrior Recreation Center, the engineering research and archaeology labs, the insect museum, digital studios, student housing and more.
The preview day also gave future students a chance to purchase UH gear from the UH Mānoa Bookstore, and students accepted to attend the UH flagship campus in fall 2023 received an UHM-azing gift.
UH Mānoa is consistently ranked among the top 2% nationally out of nearly 2,600 four-year schools in the U.S. by major ranking services, and in 2022, the institution’s quality was acknowledged with a reaffirmation for a full 10 years of accreditation.
The campus is currently on the up with graduation rates steadily increasing and freshmen enrollment rates rising. In fall 2022, 3,106 freshmen enrolled, surpassing 3,000 for the first time.
“We love this campus, we love what we do here and we want to share it with the community here in Hawaiʻi,” UH Mānoa Director of Admissions Ryan Yamaguchi said. “I think it’s working because there is more interest. The interest level in Mānoa is growing—more people want to be here at the institution.”