UH Hilo posts only UH System gain in spring enrollment

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Date: Friday, February 3, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilodemonstrated its growing popularity by posting a slight gain in student enrollment for the spring semester.

Preliminary figures reveal 3,269 students enrolled at UH Hilo for Spring 2006, compared to 3,216 a year ago. The additional 53 students represents an increase of 1.6 % as UH Hilo was the only campus in the ten-member University of Hawai`i System to post higher spring enrollment.

“We can all be very proud that students from the Island and State of Hawai`i, the mainland U.S. and throughout the world are choosing to come to UH Hilo,” said Chancellor Rose Tseng. “Our academic excellence, outstanding faculty and positive image are all helping us attract students, which in turn helps sustain our enrollment growth.”

University officials were particularly pleased that they were able to strike a fine balance between offering students the courses they wanted while filling those classroom sections.

“Our deans, division directors and department chairs did a good job in this area,” said Dr. Keith Miser, vice chancellor for student affairs. “Ideally, we want to maximize choices for our students, while leaving few, if any, empty chairs in the classroom and by and large we’ve achieved that.”

UH Hilo has benefited in recent years from the introduction of new masters programs in China –U.S. Relations, Counseling Psychology, and Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES), which have been added to existing graduate programs in Education, and Hawaiian Language and Literature.

With this month’s opening of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i, approval of a Ph.D. in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Cultural Revitalization, the hiring of a dean for the new College of Pharmacy and upcoming capital developments, the future looks positive.

“I think the groundwork has been laid for us to build on our enrollment gains as UH Hilo grows and develops as a comprehensive, full service residential university,” said Dr. Stephen Hora, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This is where the action is.”

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