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UH Hilo enrollment marks new milestone

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Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Enrollment at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo reached a new record by exceeding 4,000 for the first time. The 2010 fall opening enrollment figures released by the University of Hawaiʻi System show that UH Hilo enrolled 4,085 students compared to 3,996 a year ago.

“Surpassing 4,000 is noteworthy as a milestone of progress,” said Chancellor Donald Straney. “But the bigger accomplishment is our consistent growth over an extended period of time due to the outstanding work of our faculty, staff and administration. Their efforts have helped UH Hilo become recognized for its high quality academic programs.”

The vast majority of UH Hilo’s students continue to come from Hawaiʻi, with the number of resident students totaling 2,852, or 70% of the overall student population. Approximately 23% of students are of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Out-of-state students total 1,233 or 30%.

The total enrollment includes UH Hilo’s international students, which number 319 and represent 36 countries. This year’s figure is up 4% from last year’s enrollment of 306 and accounts for 8% of the overall student body. The largest numbers come from the Federated States of Micronesia (85), Japan (59), South Korea (45) and the Marshall Islands (26).

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