UH-MC logs 1.9% drop in students

UH-Maui College reported a 1.9 percent decline in students for the fall semester, compared to last year, continuing an enrollment decline over the last several years, the University of Hawaii announced earlier this month.

The seven campus UH community college system as a whole had a 3.2 percent decline in students — and UH-Maui College’s decline was the smallest in the community college system, except for Kauai Community College, which saw a 6.4 percent gain.

UH-Maui College had 2,936 students enrolled for the fall semester with most classes done virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UH news release said that the community college decline was lower than the national average of 7.5 percent. During the last recession, UH community colleges experienced a rapid increase in enrollment, but that increase did not begin at the beginning of the economic downturn.

The 10-campus UH system saw a 0.8 percent decline in students to 49,594 — with two of the three university campuses logging gains, including the flagship Manoa campus with 24,358 students, up 1.9 percent. UH-West Oahu enrollment was up 3.9 percent to 3,168 students, but UH-Hilo’s enrollment fell 6.1 percent to 3,165 students.


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