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Hawaii Higher Education and Schooling Options

Hawaii is home to 16 public and private not-for-profit schools. Compare some of the schools in Hawaii to determine which schools might be right for you.

Students who plan to study in Hawaii can choose from almost 20 public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities. Awards range from undergraduate certificates to doctoral degrees. To help in narrowing the search, this we've put the largest schools and more affordable ones into categories, among others, to help you decide. The data is from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Hawaii Schools Near Large Cities

The schools near large cities in Hawaii are, for the most part, located in around the capital of Honolulu. These are 4-year private schools and 2-year public schools.

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (Honolulu)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu)
  • Honolulu Community College (Honolulu)
  • Kapiolani Community College (Honolulu)
  • Remington College-Honolulu Campus (Honolulu)

Largest Schools in Hawaii

The largest schools in Hawaii range in the range of 10,000 students, as of fall 2015. Most of them are public schools offering certificate programs and associate's degrees.

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (18,865 students)
  • Kapiolani Community College (7,816 students)
  • Leeward Community College (7,535 students)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (4,781 students)
  • Honolulu Community College (4,328 students)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price is calculated by NCES through subtracting financial aid awards from the total cost of attendance for full-time undergraduates. As of 2014-2015, the following schools had the lowest average net prices.

  • 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 Rate

NCES calculates the graduation rate based on new, full-time undergraduate students who entered their programs in 2009 for 4-year schools and finished within 150% of the normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's program). This rate might indicate student satisfaction with schools and programs.

  • 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)

We've broken down into four categories the public and private non-profit schools in Hawaii to help you make a better decision on which school is the most appropriate for your learning expectations.


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