UH Hilo enrollment continues upward trend

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Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002
Contact: Jim Cromwell, (808) 974-7414

For Immediate Release

Enrollment at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo grew for the seventh semester in a row during Spring 2002. Preliminary figures reveal spring enrollment increased by 5.3 percent to 2,787, or 140 more students than Spring 2001.


The increase was broad based. The number of continuing students rose by 79 from the previous spring to 2,343, while first-time students increased by 31 and the number of transfer students went up by 28.


"We attribute these increases to UH Hilo's dedicated faculty, as well as the recruiting efforts of our marketing and admissions personnel," said Chancellor Rose Tseng. "Their combined efforts contributed to attracting new students and keeping them here through the completion of their degree programs."


Tseng was particularly pleased with the higher enrollment in both junior and senior classes, which were reflected in several key programs.


"Our new astronomy program is quickly attracting more students, as is our well-established marine science program, which is now housed in a brand new Marine Science Building. We also see notable growth in the biology program, while our English and communication departments took great leaps in the spring enrollment numbers," Tseng said.


Figures for the incoming class reveal UH Hilo continues to attract just over half of its students from Hawai`i; 259, or 55 percent are from Hawai`i, with 229 coming from the island of Hawai`i, and the remaining 30 from other islands, including 15 from Maui. The 216 non-Hawai`i students include 161 from the U.S. mainland and U.S. possessions, and 55 from international destinations.


Overall, the international student enrollment for Spring 2002 totals 297 students from 37 countries, including 78 from the Federated States of Micronesia, 71 from Japan, and 23 from Korea. Other countries represented include Palau, the Marshall Islands, Taiwan (ROC), Canada, South Africa, and the Philippines, in addition to parts of Europe, South and Central America, the South Pacific and Asia.


"These results tell the world UH Hilo is the perfect place for a cross-cultural mix of local, mainland, and international students to live and study in a safe and peaceful environment, while receiving an excellent liberal arts education that is affordable,"
Tseng said.


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