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Hawaii Pacific University

  • Honolulu, HI
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 56%44%
    student ratio
  • 7,000
    total students
  • $20,930 | $20,930
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 70%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 442
    sat math
  • 442
    sat reading
  • 442
    sat writing
  • 21
    act composite

Overview

Hawai'i Pacific University Puts a Priority on Teaching; Students Receive Personal Attention

Founded in 1965, Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) has grown to become the state's leading private, non-profit university with 2 campuses, 6 military bases, and online courses offered to students located around the world. HPU offers more than 50 acclaimed undergraduate programs and 14 distinguished graduate programs. Hawai'i Pacific prides itself on maintaining strong academic programs, small class sizes, individual attention to students, and a diverse faculty and student population.

At HPU, one-on-one guidance happens naturally due to the low student-faculty member ratio of 14:1. Students get to know their professors as colleagues and mentors. There are no teaching assistants in the classrooms, only highly qualified and respected faculty members with strong academic and business credentials. Faculty members range from top level executives at Fortune 500 companies to state government leaders whose real-world knowledge enlivens the learning experience. The faculty's student-centered approach, small class sizes, and a low student-faculty member ratio all translate into personalized attention and quality professional development. Even with 7500 students, the average class size is less than 20 students, so students enjoy all of the technological and academic resources expected at a large university, delivered within the atmosphere of a small school.

HPU is One of the World's Most Culturally Diverse Campuses

With students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries, HPU is an international learning community and a leading destination for foreign students studying abroad in the U.S. In fact, HPU is ranked one of America's leading universities for international enrollment by the Institute of International Education.

Situated in Hawai'i's vibrant culture, the diversity of HPU's student body stimulates learning about other cultures firsthand, both inside and outside of the classroom. Inside the classroom, the internationally diverse student body allows for a variety of viewpoints and stimulating class discussion. Outside the classroom, students develop friendships and form important connections for success in a global economy. At HPU, students attain the knowledge and resources they need to become distinguished and productive leaders in their local communities and throughout the world.

As part of its emphasis on international education and global citizenship, HPU offers study abroad opportunities that complement and enhance students' academic experiences. HPU offers more than 300 programs in nearly 70 different countries. Popular study abroad destinations include Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Thailand, among many others.

HPU's Location Offers Urban Amenities and the Chance for Year-Round Outdoor Recreation

Hawai'i Pacific University combines the excitement of an urban, downtown campus with the serenity and beauty of a residential campus. The main campus is located in fast-paced downtown Honolulu, the business and financial center of the Pacific. The Hawai'i Loa campus is 8 miles away, situated in the lush foothills at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains; this campus is the site of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College of Natural and Computational Sciences. HPU is also affiliated with the Oceanic Institute, an applied aquaculture research facility located on a 56-acre site at Makapu'u Point on the southeastern coast of Oahu, Hawai'i. These 3 distinctive sites are conveniently linked by shuttle.

Honolulu provides urban amenities such as shopping, culture, and entertainment. In fact, Honolulu ranked No.6 in NerdWallet's "20 Best Places for 20-Somethings," which revealed the best metropolitans for young professionals looking to settle down in an area with a great social and economic environment. Students often attend theater productions, concerts, and sports events, or tour art galleries and museums. Best of all, the island maintains an average temperature of 78 degrees, so students can enjoy outdoor recreational activities such as surfing, body boarding, hiking, and swimming, year-round.

The Hawai'ian islands are a group of islands that make up the state of Hawai'i: Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Kaho'olawe, and Hawai'i Island. The majority of residents live on Oahu, where Hawai'i Pacific is located. Many students explore other Hawai'ian islands and their beautiful beaches and attractions as they gain a reputable education at HPU.

Admissions Information

For more information about freshman admissions, or transferring to Hawai'i Pacific University, interested students should visit www.hpu.edu.


Location & Contact

Hawai`i Pacific University

1164 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
USA

Marissa Bratton

Director of Admissions

Phone: 808-544-0249
Fax: 808-543-8065
Email: mbratton@hpu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pacific Area/Pacific Rim Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photojournalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication and Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English as a Second/Foreign Language (Teaching)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Oceanography (Chemical and Physical)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Intermedia/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Chiropractic Assistant
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health/Community Nursing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nonprofit Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Corporate Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Tourism and Travel Services Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Behavior
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

70% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,206
    • Accepted2,697
    • Acceptance Rate70%
    • Enrolled5,582
    • Female Applicants2,955
    • Females Accepted1,862
    • Female Acceptance Rate63%
    • Male Applicants1,251
    • Males Accepted835
    • Male Acceptance Rate66%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.43
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 504 430 550
    • SAT Math 506 440 560
    • SAT Writing 487
    • ACT Composite 22 19 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$20,930
    • Out-of-state tuition *$20,930
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$13,230.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students5,582
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino12.77%
    • Black or African American4.96%
    • White or Caucasian27.07%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.41%
    • Asian16.8%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander2.28%
    • Two or more races16.97%
    • Unknown3.44%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout7.24% representing 66 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students58% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 10%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Circle K International, Psychology Club, Student Nurses Association, Outspoken LGBT Cooperative
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Rave Alert System

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty550
    • Full-time Percentage45%
    • Part-time Percentage55%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported


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