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University of Hawaii at Hilo Overview

University of Hawaii at Hilo is a public institution situated in Hilo, Hawaii. The surrounding location of Hilo is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is University of Hawaii at Hilo Known For?

774 Undergraduate Awards
$24,519 Avg Cost After Aid
78% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UH Hilo.
  • In 2017-2018, 71% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of Hawaii at Hilo Rankings

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 UH Hilo.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Native American Languages Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Most Popular Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UH Hilo has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Highest Paid Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduates College Factual
#19 Highest Paid Health Professions Graduates College Factual
#86 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

Where Is University of Hawaii at Hilo?

Location of University of Hawaii at Hilo

Contact details for UH Hilo are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Phone: 808-932-7446

How Do I Get Into UH Hilo?

You can apply to UH Hilo online at:

Admission Requirements for UH Hilo

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UH Hilo?

78% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
55% Submit SAT Scores
UH Hilo has an acceptance rate of 78%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Average Test Scores

About 55% of students accepted to UH Hilo submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 480 to 580 )
UH Hilo received ACT scores from 58% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 17 and 23.

ACT English Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 15 to 23 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 17 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 17 to 23 )

Can I Afford University of Hawaii at Hilo?

$24,519 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
6.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UH Hilo is $24,519. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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 UH Hilo, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $6,238 a year. That adds up to $24,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UH Hilo is 6.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

University of Hawaii at Hilo Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,204 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,818 undergraduate students at UH Hilo, with 2,204 being full-time and 614 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UH Hilo

There are also 554 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,204 full-time undergraduates at UH Hilo, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UH Hilo

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UH Hilo Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 319
Black or African American 24
Hispanic or Latino 352
White 420
International Students 122
Other Races/Ethnicities 967

Geographic Diversity

Hawaii students aren't the only ones who study at University of Hawaii at Hilo. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 35 countries are represented at UH Hilo. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, South Korea, and United Kingdom.

Online Learning at University of Hawaii at Hilo

271 Took All Classes Online
1,080 Took At Least One Class Online
11.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,080 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 10th 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 UH Hilo

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Hawaii at Hilo was 11.9%. This is the #1,217 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UH Hilo regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UH Hilo 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 UH Hilo.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Native American Languages #1
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #21
General Education #65
Education #320

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%.

University of Hawaii at Hilo Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 70 0 74 144
Nursing 65 0 11 76
General Psychology 65 0 0 65
Communication & Media Studies 60 0 0 60
Health & Physical Education 59 0 0 59
Business Administration & Management 53 0 0 53
General Biology 38 0 0 38
Sociology 35 0 0 35
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 34 0 0 34
Natural Resources Conservation 19 15 0 34
General Agriculture 30 0 0 30
Criminal Justice & Corrections 24 0 0 24
Ethnic Studies 19 0 0 19
Liberal Arts General Studies 18 0 0 18
General English Literature 17 0 0 17
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 16 0 16
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 16 0 0 16
Accounting 14 0 0 14
Anthropology 14 0 0 14
Geography & Cartography 14 0 0 14
Fine & Studio Arts 12 0 0 12
Computer Science 11 0 0 11
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 0 0 10
Political Science & Government 10 0 0 10
Music 10 0 0 10
History 9 0 0 9
Astronomy & Astrophysics 9 0 0 9
Chemistry 9 0 0 9
Area Studies 8 0 0 8
Physics 7 0 0 7
Philosophy 6 0 0 6
Economics 4 0 0 4
Mathematics 3 0 0 3
Native American Languages 0 1 1 2
Natural Sciences 2 0 0 2
General Education 0 1 0 1
Child Development & Psychology 0 1 0 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 1 0 1
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 774 35 86 895


*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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