Local Atmosphere

Hilo, HI
Tuition (in-state)
$17,776 ($6,184)
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hilo is a small town, but the school is a 10 minute ride from the small mall and the shopping center. The only other college nearby is the Hawaii Community College. Hilo is actually fairly boring, unless you find something to do with friends or travel to Kona.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This island has no big buildings or anything big city like. Not many places to go also. But I appreciate the low crime rate.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: First off, it's Hawaii, so go with that expectation. Hilo is a small town which is a port for cruises, but the tourists mainly stay on the beachfront, so the shops can be touristy, but that's not surprising. Otherwise it's a lovely down with many cultures and events going on. We host Merrie Monarch, which is a HUGE deal for the local culture, and there's lots of opportunity to explore various traditions. If you're an outdoor person like me, you can also hang with sea turtles in Richardson park, go freeze and watch stars up on Maunu Kea, go hiking in Volcano National Park, or find stables to go riding, or join a sports team and go play outside. Hilo is small enough that I can walk to the other side of town within an hour, so it's not tiny, but it's not overwhelming. And it's beautiful year around with the tropical weather and foliage.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I am expecting more from the big island.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not much to do, but lots of places to go sightseeing. And you only get lost if you go into the house lots area and we are down the hill from Mauna Kea which is the place with the observatories on them and snow when it has it.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 61% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 15% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 33 responses

  • 45% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 21% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 33% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 32 responses

  • 28% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 22% Totally.


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