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Hawaii Community College Overview

Hawaii Community College is a public institution located in Hilo, Hawaii. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Hilo draws many to the area.

What Is Hawaii Community College Known For?

587 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the associate's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Hawaii CC.
  • In 2017-2018, 56% of the faculty were full-time.

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Hawaii Community College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Hawaii CC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#9 Most Popular Fire Protection Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Ethnic Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Hospitality Management Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Most Popular Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Most Popular Carpentry Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#81 Best Value Personal & Culinary Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#166 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Hawaii Community College?

Location of Hawaii Community College

Contact details for Hawaii CC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1175 Manono Street, Hilo, HI 96720-5096
Phone: 808-934-2500

How Do I Get Into Hawaii CC?

You can apply to Hawaii CC online at:

Since Hawaii Community College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Hawaii Community College?

9% Take Out Loans
20.9% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Hawaii CC, approximately 9% of students took out student loans averaging $4,167 a year. That adds up to $16,668 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Hawaii CC is 20.9%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Hawaii Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,056 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,615 undergraduate students at Hawaii CC, with 1,056 being full-time and 1,559 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Hawaii CC

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,056 full-time undergraduates at Hawaii CC, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Hawaii CC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Hawaii Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Hawaii CC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 146
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 208
White 111
International Students 37
Other Races/Ethnicities 551

Over 9 countries are represented at Hawaii CC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, South Korea, and Canada.

Online Learning at Hawaii Community College

485 Took All Classes Online
1,098 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,098 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Hawaii CC has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Hawaii CC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Hawaii Community College was -3.0%. This is the #2,378 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Hawaii CC regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Hawaii Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 209 0 209
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 19 26 45
Culinary Arts 21 21 42
Fire Protection 10 30 40
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 8 17 25
Nursing 25 0 25
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 11 11 22
Accounting 7 14 21
Computer Information Systems 11 10 21
Carpentry 7 12 19
Hospitality Management 9 9 18
Criminal Justice & Corrections 18 0 18
Teacher Education Grade Specific 8 6 14
Precision Metal Working 4 9 13
Ethnic Studies 11 0 11
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 9 9
Marketing 4 4 8
Business Support & Assistant Services 3 4 7
Forestry 5 2 7
Natural Sciences 6 0 6
Horticulture 4 0 4
Graphic Communications 3 0 3
Agricultural Production 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0
TOTAL 403 184 587


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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