University of Hawaii at Hilo

793 reviews
  1. Hilo, HI
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B
University of Hawaii at Hilo is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference
Address
200 W Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
SAT Range
830-1050
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$10,229/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,323/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,729/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,993/ year
  • $76-110k
    $13,920/ year
  • $110k+
    $15,268/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.46 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,726Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    64%
  • Laid Back
    15%
  • Stoners
    12%
  • Cliquey
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life.48 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    49%
  • Great for natural sciences
    23%
  • Friendly environment
    11%
  • Great pharmacy program and agriculture program
    11%
  • Incredible nursing opportunities
    6%

After University of Hawaii at Hilo

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
82%
National
83%
69%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses

Reviews

793 reviews
  • Excellent
    76
  • Very Good
    216
  • Average
    368
  • Poor
    93
  • Terrible
    40
The classes offered are amazing! Especially the Hawaiian language classes and Ohana classes. They give amazing insight into ideas that have probably never crossed a typical American's mind before. It's not just those classes that do that however, but almost every class and professor challenges students to think outside of everything they've known.

Another thing that jumps out at you is how passionate the professors are about their subjects. I've spoken to multiple students about this and all agreed that even if they don't enjoy the subject, just the passion of their professors keeps them coming back.

Its easy to pass the classes as long as you take notes and do all the assignments. The professors are all fair graders.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
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!
  • College Freshman
  • May 28 2015
I know that for many students in my field we end up getting a TESOL certificate as well when we graduate so there are many opportunities to teach abroad and a placement as well, many classmates are from other countries hoping to become English teachers in their home countries as well as having a good hawaiian language program a lot of people go into the teaching of Hawaiian language or culture revitalization. We have had career fairs and many government programs come and recruit which I found great such as NSA, FBI, State Department all wonderful and because of our diverse campus they can have a diverse field of applicants, the student services centre is a good one with it's own new building and which the admissions, financial aid, registration,business office on one floor and the academic advising, counseling centre, study abroad, womens centre, disability services on the other.
  • College Sophomore
  • 8 months ago