UH-Hilo expects enrollment growth, shooting for 3,500 students in fall

HILO (AP) — Officials at the University of Hawaii at Hilo expect freshman enrollment to increase this fall after seeing growth in the number of student applicants and acceptances. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Big Island university is in its second year of a five-year contract with the higher education consulting firm EAB, which is assisting the university in recruitment efforts. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah-Marie Gomes says the firm is helping target students who are most likely to succeed in Hilo based on factors like location, university programs, grades and test scores. Gomes says the university has received more than 4,000 applications since last fall, double the number at the same time during the last application cycle. The university aims to have an enrollment of 3,500 students for this fall.