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Reviews 520 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Living in Hawaii you can't complain, but Winward campus tend to get a lot more rain than most of the island. It's also stays cooler than most of the island. It's not bad, but it can become slightly annoying sometimes. In general though it's easy to avoid. Just go to the other side of the island and enjoy the sun!

College Freshman

Athletics: I haven't noticed sports to be a big deal on our campus. I'm not sure if that's just because I have no time to go to games, because of my selection of friends, or if it's just really not a big deal.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Bring your own laptop especially lf you are living on loa. The student center only has a limited amount, and it closes at a certain time. During the day, there are generally more than enough computers available somewhere on Downtown campus, but you will need your own computer.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't remember much hassle when it came to financial aid, but I would look at more reviews because I know many people that did have troubles

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I would not suggest on campus housing. It's not absolutely horrible, but it's pretty bad. It's overly expensive. Unless you have a car, transportation is a pain. The building aren't horrible, but you will have no air conditioner (beware of the mold). It's spacious enough. Laundry is kind of expensive, but not too bad. The cafeteria actually has decent food. You will be sharing a bathroom with anywhere from three to five other people. It's just the cost and inconvenience of the location that is so horrible.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Waikiki is known for it's nightlife. You want to go party until you blackout? Cool- go to waikiki. You have your choices of in apartment parties to clubs all over the city. Wanjt to relax? No worries- go to the beach with some friends. Experience Hawaiian culture and go to a luau, or go to a movie. Laser tag, karaoke, you name it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: LIVE OFF CAMPUS! Not at the Ohana in Waikiki either because while they are better than living on campus their almost just as bad. Our dorms are in the middle of nowhere. After a certain time you can't go anywhere because the buses stop running so by the time you get there, you would be stuck or have to immediately go home. The nearby cities are the exception, but they all close extremely early. The dorms overcharge a whole bunch. It's cheaper to just get some roommates and rent an apartment. Apartment life in Oahu is expensive, but with friends it's not so bad if your smart. Also HPU has a first year page on facebook where cheaper places are usually advertised by older students.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Winward campus is absolutely beautiful...and lonely. Unfortunately we live on a mountain in the middle of no where. Nothing happens on winward campus. The closest city is small and is about thirty minutes bus ride (not including the wait for the bus). To get to anywhere of significance will take you about an hour. I would definitely say find an apartment elsewhere.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking sucks downtown. I don't even have a car, and I know it stinks. Everyone does because there is no free parking downtown, and it is limited to top. We live in Hawaii- too many people too small of a space. Winward I believe generally has parking though. It cost money for a parking pass, but if you decide to do that, you can park there and then just take our shuttle down to downtown campus. The shuttle runs every fifteen minutes, and there is also a bus stop by our campus which runs at various times you can check through google maps

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think our school was very smart with our campuses' drug policy which is that you cannot bring any drugs or alcohol on campus, however, you can come onto campus intoxicated or under the influence. This actually encourages kids to come back to a safe place keeping them out of dangerous areas. We have a bus stop right beside our campus so they don't have to drive, and it keeps drugs and alcohol off our campus. Mind you that there is always someone who is going to break that rule, but it's not often and most people wouldn't hear about it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I don't have enough experience with other professors from other campuses to say ours are the best, but I have to say for the most part I really love my teachers. There are always a couple who are kind of poor, but for the most part I have loved my professors. Most of them really love their job, and most are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject. They will work with you if you ask, and most are eager to help someone who is truly trying.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I actually can say my campus is fairly reasonable. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part I think most people can agree with this statement. Our campus is strict on having drugs and alcohol on campus, but they want you to be safe so your actually allowed to come back to campus drunk or wasted. Visitors aren't really monitored until late at night because you have to get permission to have someone not from our campus stay the night. We have quiet hours that a lot of times do get broken, but it never gets out of hand. If it's enough to really disturb dorms they will shut it down, but they aren't going to bust up a group for talking and laughing outside. I think our campus so far has been pretty fair.

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Greek Life: We do not have a greek life such as fraternities and sororities. The only type of greek life we have is academic greek life. Such as honors college and psychology majors have their own elite greek life as do some other majors. It's nothing like a normal greek sorority or fraternity group though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The price range for housing in downtown is very expensive. Roommates are almost a necessity to cover the cost of rent and utilities. However, there are some places that are understanding of a student's needs and will try to accommodate the price. Hawaii in general is just expensive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Eating on campus reminds me of eating in the cafeteria back in grade school. The restaurants off campus have decent food, but most of the time everything will be overpriced.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Typically the weather is sunny, but it can change quickly. it might be sunny in the morning, but storming in the late afternoon.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are times when the college will crack down on students, but it is primarily due to academic performance and the individual perspectives of the instructors.

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Health & Safety: Security on campus makes themselves known, but they are mostly there to enforce parking and driving safety. Even though the do rounds on a set schedule, it seems like they're no around when they're needed most.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are many opportunities to participate in seminars and events, both on and off campus. This goes for most majors, but specifically the natural sciences.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms, while located near campus and in fair proximity to the main classroom buildings, are in need of some sprucing up. The furniture and colors and somewhat tacky and there are usually bugs of a large variety.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Being an international university, the amount of international, national, and local students is varied. This provides a unique learning environment and the chance to interact with students from countries all over the world.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttle is free and is widely utilized by students and faculty. However, the traffic on Hawaii roads is horrendous and often is the cause for delay. Planning ahead is key.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everyone is friendly and willing to lend a helping hand. There is only so much to do on the island, but nothing beating going out with friends and family and just spending time together.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: This university isn't largely sports driven. There are students on sport scholarships and those who participate in their free time but it isn't a large part of student life, at least for most.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The is rarely any incidences of drug or alcohol use on campus. This is most likely so because of the Alcohol Education program that the school implements as a mandatory step of underclassman admissions. This mandatory program has made a large impact on the use and pressure of drugs and alcohol, at least on campus.


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