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Chaminade enrollment numbers soar — Largest incoming class in University’s history despite stiffer academic requirements

Students walk past Father Chaminade statue

Students walk past Father Chaminade statue

On August 22, Chaminade University expects the arrival of its largest incoming class of new undergraduate students ever.  This comes in tandem with the university’s new higher academic requirements of standardized test scores and high school grade point averages (G.P.A.) for unconditional acceptance. At least 470 new students — more than 320 of them first-year students– will swell the undergraduate full-time student count to over 1200. That is the largest number in the university’s 56 year history. Of note is that 49% of the first year students and 55 % of the transfers are science majors. This includes nursing which has the highest requirements for unconditional acceptance.

“Though we are not sure of the exact reasons for this continuing trend of growing enrollment, we believe that in addition to the great work of our Admissions team, in these tough financial times, many of our Hawaii students have chosen to stay in-state for their higher education,” said Chaminade President Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, Ph.D. “Chaminade University offers an affordable, quality university experience with generous merit and need-based awards and scholarships to Hawaii residents.”

During the last decade, Chaminade has invested approximately $14 million in developing its science facilities. In 2002 Chaminade had embarked on an ambitious program of laboratory renovation. Ten teaching laboratories comprising approximately 9000 sq. ft. have been renovated. These included biology, forensic sciences, chemistry, and physics laboratories. The university completely overhauled teaching laboratories and created new research and support facilities, funded by a variety of federal and private foundation sources. The renovation of the science laboratories, the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment, and development of science programming provide a solid foundation for the sciences and the university’s new nursing program. The University has also entered into several articulation agreements with medical schools and significantly expanded off-campus research internships for the benefit of its students.

The campus transformation has not been limited to science and nursing. Gifts from foundations and donors, as well as major federal grants, have supported Chaminade’s programs in Interior Design, Communications, the Arts, and the Humanities. From the Sullivan Family Library dedicated in 2008 to the recent dedications of the History Center, the Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence K.W. (BoHing Chan) Tseu Center for Nursing Education, and the Science facilities, Chaminade University has become a first choice destination for a growing number of students.

Celebrating more than 50 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. Chaminade is also a Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution with its main campus located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, and 10 satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711.

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Kapono Ryan
(808) 735-4797 or cell 429-2972

1 Comment

  1. Tadalis Stephanopoulis

    Great to see my old alma mater moving up the ranks, especially the increase in science students.

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