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University of Hawai‘i spring 2008 enrollment increases to 48,246

Increase brings UH system spring enrollment to its highest level in over a decade

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Feb 4, 2008

HONOLULU - Preliminary opening credit enrollment figures for the spring 2008 semester show that there are 48,246 students currently enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi‘s 10 campuses. The total enrollment is an increase of nearly 2,000 students over last spring or 4.2 percent, and an increase that brings UH system spring enrollment to its highest level in over a decade.

"The increase in enrollment is gratifying because the campuses have made a commitment to increasing the educational attainment of Hawaiʻi's citizens and their efforts to recruit are paying off," said Linda Johnsrud, UH vice president for academic planning and policy.

All campuses except for UH Mānoa posted increases in enrollment over last spring. UH Mānoa‘s enrollment stands at 18,818, a decrease of 141 students or 0.7 percent.

UH West Oʻahu experienced the largest percentage increase of all campuses with an 18.3 percent increase, or 150 more students, for a total of 970, while UH Hilo enrollment increased to 3,445, a gain of 158 students or 4.8 percent, relative to a year ago.

"We are excited to see the significant increase in enrollment as we work toward increasing the student body to accommodate the rapidly growing population of West Oʻahu," said UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni. "We anticipate continuing to add new programs to meet the workforce needs of the state."

Enrollment at the university‘s seven community colleges stands at 25,013, which is 1,771 students more or 7.6 percent above the previous year. Kapiʻolani Community College experienced the largest numerical increase of all UH campuses with 540 more students, or 7.8 percent, over last year for a total of 7,451. Hawaiʻi Community College saw the largest percentage increase of the seven community colleges at 15.9 percent, which equals an increase of 338 students for a total enrollment of 2,468.

Honolulu Community College enrollment stands at 3,870, an increase of 67 or 1.8 percent compared to last spring; Kauaʻi Community College has 957 students enrolled, 4 more than last spring or 0.4 percent; Leeward Community College registered 5,738 students, an increase of 429 or 8.1 percent; Maui Community College has 2,852 students enrolled, 255 more than last spring or 9.8 percent; and Windward Community College enrollment stands at 1,677, which is 138 more than last spring or 9 percent.

Separately, more than 27,000 registrations in non-credit programs are expected throughout the UH system.

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