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Reviews 676 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really enjoy the campus, i feel safe and welcomed. The people that work on campus are very nice and they are willing to help. The athletes and coaches are dedicated and know lots. They are also very nice and invite you to be a part of the team right away.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I literally don't have much experience with the off-campus dining near my university. Generally there will be a 7-eleven that's walking distance. Other than that you would need a car, friend, or any other method of transport to go to the good local places.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Being a residential student I was more or less forced to go to University of Hawaii at Hilo because it was the only four year institute on the island. That being said, going to this university was the right choice for me because it fit my budget and I was close enough to home that I wouldn't get cold feet. Being a non-residential student is a bit more pricey - when considering tuition, housing, and a meal plan if you are living on campus - but, you do experience some awesome perks. The week before classes start includes an orientation week where you meet fellow students, staff, and more importantly your roommate. During this time there are many activities to attend and you have some weekend adventures to do during this week and throughout the year too! (sign up early, spots get taken fairly quickly). Plus there is free gym access for students, Zumba, Hula, and many more activities to attend during the year. I must warn that with all good things aside you should be wary of the environment here. The weather here can be bipolar - sunny in the morning to rain by noon - and it gets very humid in certain housing options. I suggest getting a fan since you are assigned a room by random, and it may or may not be in a housing wing that receives wind. Also, when applying to housing I suggest Hale Kehau, I've gotten some good feedback from my friends living there during the year. Other than that I'm sure that you'll enjoy UH Hilo!

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not much I know of except Karma's, and they don't serve people under 21 except for one day of the week. You came to the wrong person to ask about parties. I just stay in bed playing video games and watch netflix.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The one thing that the university is fairly strict about is alcohol, mainly due to the fact that they have "dry" housing options and "wet" housing options. Generally speaking, the housing that is specifically for students who are sophomores and up allow alcohol (apartment style suites). However, standard housing (traditional style dorms) do not allow any sort of alcohol in the rooms. If minors are caught drinking or if someone is caught with alcohol in the "dry" dorms then they will be penalized. Plus I should mention that depending on the dorm leader you have also contributes to strictness in alcohol and also quiet hours. Although most of the dorm leaders will be stern, and not over the top.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Getting financial aid is pretty simple, you fill out your fafsa and the report gets send to the university. In my experiences it took some time (a week or so) for the financial aid to show up on my UH profile. Unfortunately since I do not qualify for any aid all I got was a loan and how much I would accept for the up coming year.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are many different food options on campus; Kehau dining hall, campus center dining hall, coffee cart, etc. I must say that the food from the campus center dining hall is really good, hence the reason why people run out of flex points so fast. The menu here has a wide variety from local food, sandwiches, salads, and fusion foods of the three. They also have a variety of breakfast options that vary daily, excluding the grill who serves omlettes, french toast, eggs, sausage, toast, and so on. However I do not have any experience with the Kehau dining hall, this coming semester will be the first I deal with a meal plan. All I am familiar with right now is flex points, which are fairly simple. You have to choose from three different meal plans; Meal Plan A, B, and C. Meal plan A is the minimal plan which gives you seven meals per week (one per day, which is more useful for dinner) and 500 flex points, Meal plan B is 10 meals per week (7 dinners and brunch on Saturday and Sunday) and 450 flex points, and Meal plan c is 14 meals per week with 350 flex points (14 meals which is dinner all week and lunch all week). The meals provided per week are used at the Kehau dining hall, while flex points are to be used on any other food places on campus. Flex point work as pre-paid points that can be used to buy food on campus except for the Hale Kehau dining hall; for example if your meal is 6 dollars then that means you spend 6 flex points. I must warn you once you run out of flex points you have to buy more or choose to pay by cash by then.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options, affordable, mostly shared homes.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good variety, options, and very reasonable prices.

3 College Senior

Administration: Good experience with school administrators communicating, responding to student concerns quickly.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Received a full tuition scholarship. Absolutely grateful.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Sodexo food good, especially local food days. Not a lot of options. Reasonably priced.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is limited. There are not enough on campus housing options for even half of the students. Cost is unreasonable compared to off campus options. On campus housing is very close to classroom buildings.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I enjoy living off campus. My own rules

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great places to eat

3 College Junior

Party Scene: If you are looking for a party town, Hilo is not for you, but you can still have a great time

3 College Junior

Administration: its okay, didn't really run into any problems so cant really comment

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The staff are so helpful. I didn't have any problems getting my Fasfa corrected and documentation turned in. I feel like they know their jobs well and are always available to help

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I would say the selection of food choices is slim. They do however have daily menus that change, but that is if you want to pay $8-10 a meal. I don't want to spend that much because I am never able to finish it. I wish they would have mini plates. Another thing is they close at 3pm which makes it difficult because my lunch break is at 3!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's way cheaper and you don't have to waste money on a meal plan.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many food places nearby but the ones that are there are pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There isn't much partying happening here.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Sometimes they don't really take care of loud people.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The meal plans are seriously overpriced and they force it upon a lot of the students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Kauanoe has wood furniture and termites but that isn't too big of an issue. The other halls are much, much better.


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