College tours visit Hilo, East Coast, and Pacific Northwest schools


Photo courtesy of Steven De Silva

Ivy League Club members at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, one of the stops on their spring break tour.

With eased student travel restrictions, Marauders have been able to visit a variety of colleges this spring, with a Pacific Northwest tour planned for this summer.

13 members of the Ivy League Club attended an east coast college tour during spring break. 

The universities they visited were Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, New York University (NYU), Julliard, Columbia University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania. 

Early College Coordinator Eunice Fukunaga says, “Some of the highlights (in addition to visiting the schools) was being able to re-connect with some WHS alums attending some of the universities we visited. They were able to provide insight to the students on their experiences going to school so far away from home. Also, the group was able to visit many historical sites, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the 9-11 memorial, which is the site where the World Trade Center Twin Towers once stood.”

The Ivy League Club college tour was originally planned before COVID, but was postponed due to travel restrictions. 

20 students visited the University of Hawaii at Hilo through GEAR UP March 10th to March 11th. 

GEAR UP Program Coordinator Allison Lee says, “We learned about many opportunities offered at UH Hilo with the founding of the language revitalization, student exchange program and study abroad, Pacific Islander clubs, and outdoor excursions. UH Hilo offers their tuition even when studying in different cities on the mainland through their exchange programs and also has a waived application fee. […] Touring the campus gave us the different environment Hilo has to offer as well as our trips to the tropical bioreserve and ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.”

10 GEAR UP students will also be visiting colleges in Washington and Oregon from June 4-10. 

They will be visiting Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, University of Washington, St. Martin’s University, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, Lewis and Clark University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon.