University of Hawaii at Hilo


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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Information Summary

Ranks 2nd in Hawaii and 1032nd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 80.0
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $20,530
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 23 / 1170
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 13 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 66% / 29%
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,406


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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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