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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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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 2,440 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Hawaii at Hilo acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Psychology, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Graduating 35% of students, Hawaii at Hilo alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,400.
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
69%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
860-1070
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$11,697/ 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
    $9,487/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,764/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,049/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,497/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,952/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,440Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
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  • Friendly
    61%
  • Laid Back
    17%
  • Stoners
    11%
  • Cliquey
    8%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
71%
of students say they don't have Greek life.51 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    47%
  • Great for natural sciences
    21%
  • Friendly environment
    13%
  • Great pharmacy program and agriculture program
    11%
  • Incredible nursing opportunities
    5%
  • Underrated
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
35%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
79%
National
83%
69%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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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.
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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.
A great place for studying, no nightlife, and it's hard doing anything unless you have a car or are willing to cough up money for ubers. Currently housed in Hale Kehau which is decent, but has no A/C and is a little outdated. Speaking of A/C, it goes out in the school buildings at least twice a month. I recently changed my major to psychology, but I haven't taken any classes for it yet at Hilo. The marine science class is perfect for hands-on, in-depth students who want a high chance of getting into the career right after college. There are many opportunities to interact with the community. The classes are small, my largest class maybe 100. So far, the only class I dislike is chemistry and that's mostly due to the teacher not knowing how the new program works. This could just be a fluke though, considering I adore the rest of my teachers.