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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Hawaii at Hilo is an above-average public university located in Hilo, Hawaii. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,340 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Hawaii at Hilo acceptance rate is 78%. Popular majors include Psychology, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Graduating 41% of students, Hawaii at Hilo alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,800.
About University of Hawaii at Hilo...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference
Address
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720

University of Hawaii at Hilo Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
78%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$13,825/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,202/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,098/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,084/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,260/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,236/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.52 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,340Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Friendly
    59%
  • Laid Back
    18%
  • Stoners
    10%
  • Cliquey
    8%
  • Diverse
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
70%
of students say they don't have Greek life.54 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.83 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    49%
  • Great for natural sciences
    20%
  • Friendly environment
    12%
  • Great pharmacy program and agriculture program
    10%
  • Incredible nursing opportunities
    5%
  • A sub-par public school typical for Hawaii
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
81%
National
83%
69%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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I am currently a freshman at UH Hilo. So far, my first experiences in college are great! I love how small the classes are. The professors know all of their students and are able to effectively provide one-to-one assistance with students who need it. The campus is also very diverse, which is amazing because I have met so many different people from various places. If you enjoy school activities, there is always an event to enjoy with your friends. Attending a school in Hawaii is something that I am so grateful for. The environment is very safe and the weather is also very nice. The biggest thing that I would also like to add is that the classes are very manageable, and not only do I get a quality education, but the classes I am enrolled in are enjoyable and engaging.
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I absolutely love University of Hawaii at Hilo. The professors are excellent and care about their students deeply. My best advice for those that are thinking about coming here is that if you thrive in a chill and relaxed environment, then this is a great place for you! The campus is dead most of the times, so if you are looking for a party school do not come here. Overall I think the university is great for on campus activities, the knowledgable professors and the small classroom sizes.
I enjoy the student life so much here! There is always an event going on, and there's always somewhere with an open door for you to study. Classmates are so eager to get to know each other, and they have a sense of humor that lightens the stress in the atmosphere. Dull moments are rare to come by. Every day is an opportunity to meet someone new! Also, the professors and other faculty at the university are open, honest, and always willing to help us out. They're spunky and unique, which makes it nearly impossible to be bored in class.