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Reviews 606 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I spent two years in West Virginia and despised the small school culture. I have thence transferred to Hawaii pacific University and although I am not going to transfer in four years because of the transferability of my credits; I am very pleased with my decision.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love HPU however some of the changes i think should not be made during the time the students can and are affected. When changes are made we should be made aware as soon as things are looking as if the need changing.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Makes everything else worth it. The feeling of sand under your toes and warm sun on your skin, the rush of feeling ocean trusting under your feet and the bliss of riding out of water into land. hiking up to the pillboxes or watching the sun rise from Diamond Head, cant beat it with a stick. Fresh poi, fresh fruit, mochi ice cream, Times Plate lunch, fresh gilled fish. I wish everywhere was Hawaii, then it wouldnt be so crowded.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Location cant be beat. Made great friends with people who are going places. VA office is outstanding.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Depends on your major. They are reworking many programs to improve them. There are some that are outstanding- Diplomacy/Military Studies, International Studies, Oceanography. Most Social Science courses are Asia/ Pacific focused, but there is other variety as well. Professors are great. Overall, HPU is a much better institution than I had expected. I came to Hawaii primarily to surf and left with a great education.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: You get out of an HPU education what you put into it. If you work hard and get to know your instructors, you can make very valuable connections. From an International Studies perspective, the professors are excellent, and Hawaii is one of the best places to study the field. HPU is a good school, and its reputation is expanding and improving. With the amount of Swedish and Finnish students there, I think HPU is probably particularly well known in Scandinavia.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Board shorts, slippahs, tank tops. People get into local style pretty quickly after getting here. Even professors are wearing Aloha shirts most of the time. People are in good shape and everyone has some regular physical activity they do- surfing, spearfishing, paddling, hiking, etc.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There is one small gym at the Windward campus. It is tiny but generally not crowded. People are polite and work around the small space.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It is Hawaii. housing is going to be expensive, small, and without things like air conditioning (why would you want it anyway?) and parking will probably be limited. A Moped is a great investment. You can put a board rack on it. check HPU's ecalssified list for housing first, because it will generally be cheaper and the people who post it are looking for students to rent. Craigs list is probably the next best option. Expect to pay much more than you would generally anywhere on the mainland outside of Manhattan. But remember that youre lucky to live in Hawaii, you shouldnt be inside anyway, just need a place to keep a surfboard.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties are usually low key, friends at an off campus house or ampartment

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options downtown, some ok, and some good, most are a bit expensive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I was given a small transfer scholarship. Tuition is expensive, but not bad compared to other private schools. I dont believe they give substantial grants or scholarships. If you are military, the school is great, especially working with the VA.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Its Hawaii. If you are looking for mainland grinds then there is a McDonald's on campus and a Jack in the Box across the street. But there is so much more all around you if you are willing to try it. Grab some masubi, get a plate lunch at L&L or anywhere else, and get some of the best Chinese food on the island all within close walking distance. There is also a good Donner kebab/ gyros shack on campus and plenty of decent cafes nearby.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I did not live in the dorms. The old dorms on the Windward campus are, well, old. There is a very small gym there. The new Waterfront lofts at Aloha Tower will be very nice, in a neat part of town and great access to pubs, and not far from school.

1 College Junior

Party Scene: Bars in Honolulu terrible, all indoors and expensive

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Tried several times to have someone help me...still waiting for reply

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many options right outside of the classes

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The phone lines for financial aid re constantly busy, therefore, it is hard to reach anyone.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The downtown campus has several eclectic food choices along Fort Street Mall and is only a bus ride or walk away from many other choices.

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2 College Senior

Athletics: There is minimal support for our athletics. The cheer and dance team used to be nationally ranked but then they stopped giving out scholarships and it went down the tubes. The basketball team and volleyball team are probably the most supported.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is no off campus housing affiliated with HPU. You just find your own and it is very expensive, with limited parking.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Because I live on the windward side, there are no options for off campus dining unless you go 5 miles either into Kailua or Kaneohe.

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3 College Senior

Administration: When I lived in the dorms they were very strict about noise sometimes, but other times not so much. They were very strict about alcohol which made it hard to be safe and drink at home because the only other option was to go into downtown.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: I have no applied but I have heard that it is a terrible process and very difficult to get any aid. I know I won't be able to get any because I am white, from a middle class family, and have a job.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Party Scene: There is no kind of nightlife on campus. You have to take the bus or a car into downtown waikiki.


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