MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Enrollment at the University of Hawaii continues to decline, but officials say that's partly due to more students graduating on time.
New figures show enrollment across the 10-campus system dropped to 51,674 for the fall semester, a decline of 1,746 students from the year before.
At the same time, enrollment at UH-West Oahu rose nearly 5 percent.
The university said the overall drop in enrollment isn't a surprise, and comes as the state is experiencing low unemployment.
But UH has acknowledged that drops in enrollment are a point of concern — and not due solely to more students graduating faster.
Earlier this year, UH-Manoa set an ambitious goal to reverse a five-year decline in enrollment, and bring the number of students attending the campus back to 20,000 by 2020.
Currently, 17,612 students attend the university. That's a decline of 2.5 percent from last year, and down from 20,400 in 2012.