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Kapiolani Community College Overview

Kapiolani Community College is a public institution located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Kapiolani Community College Known For?

1,212 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the undergraduate certificate is the highest award a student can attain at Kapiolani CC.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 57% of the faculty were full-time.

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Kapiolani Community College Rankings

Kapiolani CC holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Hawaii ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Hospitality Management Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Culinary Arts Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Allied Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Kapiolani Community College?

Location of Kapiolani Community College

Contact details for Kapiolani CC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816-4421
Phone: 808-734-9000

How Do I Get Into Kapiolani CC?

You can apply to Kapiolani CC online at:

Since Kapiolani 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 Kapiolani Community College?

10% Take Out Loans
13.8% Loan Default Rate

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 Kapiolani CC, approximately 10% of students took out student loans averaging $4,812 a year. That adds up to $19,248 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Kapiolani CC is 13.8%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Kapiolani Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,492 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,899 undergraduate students at Kapiolani CC, with 2,492 being full-time and 4,407 being part-time.

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

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,492 full-time undergraduates at Kapiolani CC, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Kapiolani CC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Kapiolani CC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 911
Black or African American 33
Hispanic or Latino 222
White 199
International Students 423
Other Races/Ethnicities 704

Online Learning at Kapiolani Community College

1,262 Took All Classes Online
2,871 Took At Least One Class Online
1.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,871 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 3rd 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 Kapiolani CC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Kapiolani Community College was 1.0%. This is the #1,964 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Kapiolani 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%.

Kapiolani 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 487 0 487
Hospitality Management 97 83 180
Culinary Arts 78 51 129
Natural Sciences 96 1 97
Nursing 55 0 55
Computer Information Systems 16 32 48
Allied Health Professions 37 5 42
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 27 6 33
Accounting 14 16 30
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 29 29
Legal Support Services 15 7 22
Graphic Communications 19 0 19
Ethnic Studies 14 0 14
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 13 0 13
Marketing 5 0 5
Dental Support Services 0 5 5
Human Sciences Business Services 0 4 4
Biotechnology 0 0 0
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0
TOTAL 973 239 1,212


*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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