Honolulu Community College saw a slight drop in enrollment this semester, according to figures released last week by the UH system.
At the start of the semester, HonCC had 3,541 students or a drop of 0.6 percent from the previous fall. Kaua’i CC was the only community college to show an increase in enrollment (10.4 percent. All the other campuses had drops larger than the one at HonCC. Overall, there were 2.3 fewer students enrolled in the UH Community Colleges compared to the previous fall.
“Hawaiʻi needs a more educated workforce and citizenry, and we have to get more students enrolled, keep them in school and graduate them on time,” UH President David Lassner said.
Three campuses—UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu and Kauaʻi Community College—saw increases in enrollment while seven campuses—UH Hilo, Hawaiʻi CC, Leeward CC, Windward CC, Honolulu CC, UH Maui College and Kapiʻolani CC—saw decreases in enrollment.
Record freshman class for UH Mānoa
UH Mānoa welcomed 2,209 first-time freshmen to campus this semester, the largest freshman class in the universityʻs 111-year history and 12.8 percent more than the previous fall semester. It breaks a record set just two years ago as UHMānoa has has been intensifying its efforts to recruit locally and beyond.
Here are the numbers for all the UH schools:
UH System—51,063 students (-1.2 percent) UH Mānoa—17,710 students (+0.6 percent) UH Hilo—3,406 students (-3.8 percent) UH West Oʻahu—3,128 students (+1.5 percent) UH Community Colleges—26,819 students (-2.3 percent)
Hawaiʻi CC—2,632 students (-6.6 percent)
Honolulu CC—3,541 students (-0.6 percent)
Kapiʻolani CC—6,899 students (-2.8 percent)
Kauaʻi CC—1,486 students (+10.4 percent)
Leeward CC—6,709 students (-1.4 percent)
Maui College—3,092 students (-6.4 percent)
Windward CC—2,460 students (-2.0 percent)
“We will continue to to work to get more people, including returning adults and other non-traditional students into our community colleges,” said Lassner. “We need to make sure that people can pursue their education to advance in their careers while they work. We are enormously grateful to the State for supporting the new Hawaiʻi Promise program, which removes the cost of tuition as a barrier to a community college education in our state.”
The Hawaiʻi Promise Scholarship is available to all qualified students with need and covers the unmet costs of tuition, fees, books and supplies.
The university said it continues to see success in enrolling traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups to the proportions of their populations in the state.
Native Hawaiian or part Hawaiian—23.6 percent of student body, 21.3 percent of the state population Filipino—14.7 percent of the UH student and state population. Pacific Islander—2.4 percent of the student population, 2.1 percent of the state