UH-Manoa’s freshman class this fall is the biggest in the university’s 111-year history

Enrollment is down at other campuses, though.

UH-Manoa’s freshman class this fall is the biggest in the university’s 111-year history
The freshman class at UH-Manoa this fall is the biggest in the university's 111-year history. (Source: University of Hawaii)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are a lot of freshmen at UH-Manoa this fall. As in, record numbers.

The university’s flagship campus welcomed 2,209 freshmen to campus last month.

That's the largest freshman class in the university's 111-year history, and a 12.8 percent bump from a year ago.

It also breaks a record set two years ago.

“We have really been focusing on Hawaii high school students, and itʻs paying off because this record freshman class includes a 10 percent increase in local students,” said UH Manoa Associate Director of Admissions Ryan Yamaguchi, in a news release.

“We have dramatically increased our engagement with local high school counselors, our physical presence on campuses and increased communications and marketing initiatives with students and parents.”

Altogether this fall, 51,063 students are enrolled across the University of Hawaii’s 10-campus system. That’s down 1.2 percent from fall 2017.

UH-Manoa celebrates biggest freshman class But overall enrollment is down. 
Enrollment Percentage Change
UH system 51,063 students Dropped 1.2 percent
UH-Manoa 17,710 Increased .6 percent
UH-Hilo 3,406 Dropped 3.8 percent
UH-West Oahu 3,128 Increased 1.5 percent
UH community colleges 26,819 Decreased 2.3 percent
Hawaii CC 2,632 Decreased 6.6 percent
Honolulu CC 3,541 Decreased .6 percent
Kapiolani CC 6,899 Decreased 2.8 percent
Kauai CC 1,486 Increased 10.4 percent
Leeward CC 6,709 Decreased 1.4 percent
Maui College 3,092 Decreased 6.4 percent
Windward CC 2,460 Decreased 2 percent
SOURCE: University of Hawaii

Three campuses (UH Manoa, UH West Oahu and Kauai Community College) saw enrollment increases, while the rest saw their enrollments drop.

UH President David Lassner, who also serves as the interim chancellor at UH Manoa, said in a news release that the enrollment spikes at Manoa and Kauai show the system is headed in the "right direction."

“However, there remains a challenge with the strong economy, particularly at our community colleges,” he said. "Hawaii needs a more educated workforce and citizenry, and we have to get more students enrolled, keep them in school and graduate them on time.”

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