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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?

2,340 Full-Time Undergraduates
$15,125 Avg Cost After Aid
78% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at UHH.
  • In 2017-2018, 71% of the faculty were full-time.

University of Hawaii at Hilo Rankings

College Factual ranked UHH as #932 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #4 out of 6 schools in Hawaii.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UHH has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UHH

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 322
Best Colleges for the Money 483
Best Colleges for Veterans 706
Best Colleges for International Students 748
Best Colleges 932
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 1,193

Where Is University of Hawaii at Hilo?

Location of University of Hawaii at Hilo

Contact details for UHH are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Phone: 808-932-7446
Website: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uhhilo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/uhhilo

How Do I Get Into UHH?

You can apply to UHH online at: https://www.sis.hawaii.edu/uhdad/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon

Admission Requirements for UHH

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 UHH?

78% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
55% Submit SAT Scores
UHH 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 UHH 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 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 480 to 580 )
200
800
UHH 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 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Hawaii at Hilo?

$15,125 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
6.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UHH is $15,125. 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 UHH

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,702 $14,214 $16,184 $16,629 $19,869

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 UHH, 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 UHH 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

2,340 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,971 undergraduate students at UHH, with 2,340 being full-time and 631 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UHH

There are also 568 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,340 full-time undergraduates at UHH, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UHH

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UHH Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 369
Black or African American 32
Hispanic or Latino 365
White 460
International Students 118
Other Races/Ethnicities 996

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 UHH. 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 UHH has changed over the last few years.

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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 UHH

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 UHH regardless of major.

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

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Hawaii at Hilo awarded 1,548 undergraduate degrees and 242 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 14 0 0
Anthropology 0 14 0 0
Area Studies 0 8 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 9 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 53 0 0
Chemistry 0 9 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 1 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 1 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 60 0 0
Computer Science 0 11 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 24 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 34 0 0
Economics 0 4 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 19 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 12 0 0
General Agriculture 0 30 0 0
General Biology 0 38 0 0
General Education 0 0 1 0
General English Literature 0 17 0 0
General Psychology 0 65 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 14 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 10 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 59 0 0
History 0 9 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 18 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 16 0 0
Mathematics 0 3 0 0
Music 0 10 0 0
Native American Languages 0 0 1 1
Natural Resources Conservation 0 19 15 0
Natural Sciences 0 2 0 0
Nursing 0 65 0 11
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 70 0 74
Philosophy 0 6 0 0
Physics 0 7 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 10 0 0
Sociology 0 35 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 16 0
Total 0 1,548 70 172

References

*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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