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Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawaii at Hilo is one of ten branches within the University of Hawaii system. Located on Hawaii, the largest island of the archipelago, the school is located in the city of Hilo, about 200 miles from Honolulu, the state’s capital.

With small class sizes, hands-on learning and a beautiful tropical area surrounding the campus, the school is an ideal institution to pursue individual studies. In fact, the school is one of the very few universities that provides a master’s program taught in the indigenous language of the natives of Hawaii.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo has six colleges within its campus, including the traditional and non-traditional majors. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Economics offer a wide array of majors available at most universities, and their College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management teaches participants every aspect within the agricultural field.

Additionally the University of Hawaii at Hilo has one of the only Pharmacy schools in the nation that focuses on natural products. Not to mention that due to its location along the Pacific, the school is expected to become one of the central hubs for pharmaceutical research within the area.

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Admission requirements are pretty standard for the school, requiring all applicants to have a 3.0 GPA. SAT and ACT scores are not necessary if the GPA requirement is met. However, applicants below a 3.0 GPA will have their test scores considered on a sliding scale.

The early priority deadline is normally in March, with July being the absolute last month to apply for the upcoming fall term.

The university also offers the Running Start Program, where high school students can simultaneously take University of Hawaii courses that will apply both towards high school graduation as well as their university degree. Requirements to participate in the program require a high school counselor recommendation as well as a 900-combined score on the SAT reading and math sections.

Financial Aid

All students at the university must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for financial aid. The form should be completed and submitted before March 1 and once the school receives it, it will be able to calculate the amount of federal aid and loans that can be provided.

Additionally, many scholarships as well as student loans are available for students both attending the university and studying abroad.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4057th for the average student loan amount.
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The majority of students who attend the university are residents of Hawaii, making up about 75% of the student body. Because of this, the amount of diversity on campus is plentiful, with people of all races and ethnicities represented.

When it comes to student life, the university tries to make outdoor adventure available to all. Besides a well-equipped recreation center, the Outdoor Adventure Program provides students with the ability to learn the technical skills of such activities as SCUBA diving, kayaking, ocean canoeing and mountain biking, while learning proper safety habits as well. Not to mention that the nearby beaches are perfect for soaking up some rays, one of the highlights of living in Hawaii.

Plus, with over 30 registered student organizations and clubs, the university provides a social outlet for every type of student.

When it comes to the performing arts, the university has one of the better centers in town, promoting a large selection of music, dance and comedy.

For nightlife, many restaurants and bars litter Hilo, allowing students to let loose after a long week of studying. Many students tend to frequent Uncle Mickey’s dance club, which highlights local live music.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Sporting red, white and navy blue, the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans compete in a wide range of NCAA division 2 sports, supported by both students and fans alike. In fact, the school was part of the NAIA division (the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) until 1994.

The men’s basketball team is pretty well known throughout the Pacific West conference, while the rest of the baseball, cross country running, golf, tennis and soccer teams for both men and women always manage to round up a good crowd.

Information Summary

Ranks 2nd in Hawaii and 867th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.10
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.07
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population42,916 (37,696 urban / 5,220 rural)
Households15,365 (2.70 people per house)
Median Household Income$39,290
Families10,678 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1502

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1371st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,192 $6,192 $17,952
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $344 $344 $344
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $258 $258 $748
FT Graduate Tuition $9,336 $9,336 $21,408
FT Graduate Required Fees $344 $344 $344
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $389 $389 $892
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,326 $17,326 $29,086
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,692 $21,692 $33,452
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,846 $9,846 $21,606

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $19,560 $36,864
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $344 $344

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,944 $6,184 $5,944 $6,184 $17,416 $17,776
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,170 $1,212
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,182 $7,338
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,772 $1,882
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,702 $11,166
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,148 $2,234
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,930 $2,008

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,633 (613 male / 1,009 female)
Admitted 1,228 (443 male / 774 female)
Admission rate 75%
First-time Enrollment 461 (183 male / 274 female)
FT Enrollment 446 (177 male / 265 female)
PT Enrollment 15 (6 male / 9 female)
Total Enrollment4,043

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific West Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific West Conference

ACT Test Admission

1084th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 8%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

905th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 840 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity578
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,062
Board Fee$4,600

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 593rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,211 ($84,604 male / $73,399 female)
Number of FT Faculty 221 (118 male / 103 female)
Number of PT Faculty 308
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $6,794,009

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