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Hawaii Pacific University Overview

Hawaii Pacific University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Honolulu, Hawaii. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Hawaii Pacific University Known For?

2,411 Full-Time Undergraduates
$27,139 Avg Cost After Aid
75% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Hawaii Pacific University have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Hawaii Pacific University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 46% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Hawaii Pacific University bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $49,900 a year. That's about 22% more than their peers at other schools.

Hawaii Pacific University Rankings

Hawaii Pacific University landed the #1,213 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. Hawaii Pacific University also holds the #5 spot on the Best Colleges in Hawaii ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Hawaii Pacific University has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Hawaii Pacific University

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 32
Best Colleges for Veterans 562
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 639
Best Colleges for International Students 837
Best Colleges 1,213
Best Colleges for the Money 1,459

Where Is Hawaii Pacific University?

Location of Hawaii Pacific University

Contact details for Hawaii Pacific University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-544-0200

How Do I Get Into Hawaii Pacific University?

You can apply to Hawaii Pacific University online at:

Admission Requirements for Hawaii Pacific University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Hawaii Pacific University?

75% Acceptance Rate
74% Of Accepted Are Women
61% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 75%, Hawaii Pacific University may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 26% of accepted students are men and 74% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 71%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Average Test Scores

About 61% of students accepted to Hawaii Pacific University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 490 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Hawaii Pacific University  ( 510 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Hawaii Pacific University  ( 490 to 590 )
Hawaii Pacific University received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Hawaii Pacific University  ( 19 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Hawaii Pacific University  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Hawaii Pacific University  ( 20 to 25 )

Can I Afford Hawaii Pacific University?

$27,139 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Hawaii Pacific University is $27,139. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Hawaii Pacific University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$23,993 $25,243 $28,316 $28,983 $28,375

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Hawaii Pacific University, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $9,789 a year. That adds up to $39,156 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Hawaii Pacific University is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Hawaii Pacific University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,411 Full-Time Undergraduates
65% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,560 undergraduate students at Hawaii Pacific University, with 2,411 being full-time and 1,149 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Hawaii Pacific University

There are also 586 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,411 full-time undergraduates at Hawaii Pacific University, 35% are male and 65% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Hawaii Pacific University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Hawaii Pacific University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Hawaii Pacific University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 407
Black or African American 94
Hispanic or Latino 373
White 601
International Students 338
Other Races/Ethnicities 598

Geographic Diversity

Hawaii students aren't the only ones who study at Hawaii Pacific University. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 64 countries are represented at Hawaii Pacific University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Norway, Germany, and Japan.

Online Learning at Hawaii Pacific University

537 Took All Classes Online
2,025 Took At Least One Class Online
-12.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Hawaii Pacific University. In 2017-2018, 2,025 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 6th most popular in Hawaii for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Hawaii Pacific University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Hawaii Pacific University was -12.5%. This is the #2,598 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Hawaii Pacific University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Hawaii Pacific University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Criminal Justice & Corrections 27%
Health Professions 18%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 27%
Public Administration 69%
Public Administration & Social Service 21%
Public Health 34%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Hawaii Pacific University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Hawaii Pacific University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Health Professions #36
Mathematics #44
Computer Science #63
Mathematics & Statistics #67
History #79
Homeland Security #79
History #79
Public Administration #117
Public Health #123
Human Resource Management #186
General Psychology #187
General Business/Commerce #225
Psychology #252
Public Administration & Social Service #254
Teacher Education Grade Specific #340
Criminal Justice & Corrections #490
Computer & Information Sciences #500

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 Pacific University Majors

In 2017-2018, Hawaii Pacific University awarded 1,302 undergraduate degrees and 404 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 1 0 0 0
Anthropology 0 1 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 6 0 0
Business Administration & Management 7 131 43 0
Chemistry 0 5 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 5 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 20 12 0
Computer Science 2 27 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 5 25 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 24 0 0
General Biology 0 36 0 0
General Business/Commerce 4 0 2 0
General English Literature 0 4 0 0
General Psychology 0 39 0 0
History 2 18 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 10 4 0
Information Science 0 0 9 0
International Studies 0 13 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 21 2 0 0
Marine Science 0 0 12 0
Mathematics 2 11 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 14 0 0
Nursing 0 142 14 0
Other Health Professions 13 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 8 21 0
Public Administration 8 0 5 0
Public Health 0 24 8 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 10 0 0
Social Work 0 7 28 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 17 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 3 16 0
Teaching English or French 0 5 6 0
Total 130 1,172 404 0


*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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