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More local high school grads choose University of Hawaii

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HONOLULU (AP) - More local high school graduates are enrolling at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, reversing a downward trend.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/2flCugH) enrollment of local students jumped 12 percent this fall compared to last year.

The incoming group of students is also more diverse, and there are more Native Hawaiian students enrolling.

The Admissions Office increased the number of application days it held at local high schools to help students consider college.

But while more local students are enrolling, total enrollment at UH Manoa is falling.

University spokesman Dan Meisenzahl says students are graduating more quickly, rather than lingering and inflating the enrollment count.

Also, college enrollment rose during the recession when jobs were scarce. As the economy recovered, more people joined the workforce instead of pursuing degrees.

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