Hawaii (HI): Universities and Colleges

Hawaii is home to 16 public and private non-profit colleges and universities. See how these schools fare in different categories like location, size, cost and student success rate to determine which school might be right for you.

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Students looking to attend college in Hawaii can choose from several public community colleges as well as public and private non-profit universities. We compare these schools in different categories using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to help students make an informed choice.

Hawaii Schools Near Large Cities

Honolulu, being the capital city of Hawaii, is the location of several public and private not-for-profit schools. Students may earn a one-year certificate or associate's degree in most of the community colleges, and bachelor's or master's degrees in the universities. The following schools can be found in Honolulu:

  • Remington College-Honolulu Campus
  • Honolulu Community College
  • Kapiolani Community College
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa

Largest Schools in Hawaii

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a 4-year public university considered to be the largest in Hawaii with over 18,000 students. The large schools cited here are based on student population data from the fall of 2015.

  • Kapiolani Community College (7,816 students)
  • Leeward Community College (7,535 students)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (4,781 students)
  • Honolulu Community College (4,328 students)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (3,829 students)

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  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

Students who are financially tight have several options among community colleges in Hawaii offering the lowest net price. NCES determines the net price by subtracting the average amount of government or institutional financial aid received by full-time, undergraduate students from the total cost of attendance. These are the schools with lowest net price in 2014-2015 according to NCES.

  • Leeward Community College ($2,182)
  • Kapiolani Community College ($4,670)
  • Honolulu Community College ($5,491)
  • Kauai Community College ($6,220)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College ($6,366)

Highest Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies within 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be the 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time, undergraduate students, the following schools had the highest graduation rates in 2014-2015:

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (57% graduation rate)
  • Remington College-Honolulu Campus (53% graduation rate)
  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii (50% graduation rate)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (49% graduation rate)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (47% graduation rate)

If you plan to study in Hawaii, it's important to look into pertinent school information like proximity to your area, school size, net price and graduation rate prior to making a major decision.

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