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The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is most important. Effective March 23, 2020 after spring break, UH classes were moved online. For more information on other actions taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/covid19/ Learn More

  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    A
UH Hilo is a public university located in Hilo, Hawaii. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,233 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the UH Hilo acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Nursing. Graduating 44% of students, UH Hilo alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,800.
200 W Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720
About UH Hilo...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference

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.

UHH Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
990-1170
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$14,338/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,938/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
B+
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.54 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    28%
  • On Campus
    65%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,233Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
583
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Friendly
    62%
  • Laid Back
    21%
  • Stoners
    10%
  • Cliquey
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
71%
of students say they don't have Greek life.56 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
  • Diverse
    49%
  • Great for natural sciences
    19%
  • Friendly environment
    12%
  • Great pharmacy program and agriculture program
    9%
  • Incredible nursing opportunities
    5%
  • A sub-par public school typical for Hawaii
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
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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University of Hawaii at Hilo Reviews

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It's a great school with very helpful Professors and staff. Classes are small for the most part so you really get to connect with your peers and Professors on a deeper level. The campus is safe and accessible and full of green spaces. The location itself is ideal if you live on campus, as the dorms are a few blocks away. Overall, this is a great school and would definitely recommend it!
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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.
Since the pandemic started, all UH campuses including UH Hilo, move their classes online. There are other classes that required to face to face, like all the labs classes, and some of nursing courses. But for me, I took all my classes online. Taking classes online is not that really hard, especially when you’re taking online classes on the Islands. But for other students who take their classes online from abroad, they can interact with their Professor online during their office hours. Which is a good thing because the Professor has their office hours. You may not like taking online classes, but I think you can coped with it. I managed to finish all my assignments ahead and had free time to do what I can do other than looking through my laptop screen.