Hawaii Pacific University

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1164 Bishop Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 544-0200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#71 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Hawaii Pacific University is a private institution that was founded in 1965. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,168, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hawaii Pacific University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 71. Its tuition and fees are $20,180 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Hawaii Pacific University is an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawaii. Students from around the world join us for an American education built on a liberal arts foundation. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs anticipate the changing needs of the community and prepare our graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.

An independent, coeducational, career-oriented, comprehensive university with a foundation in the liberal arts, Hawaii Pacific University offers degrees in the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science as well as the Bachelor of Social Work. Graduate degrees are offered in the Arts, Business Administration, Secondary Education, the Sciences, and Social Work. Through the Military Campus Program, HPU also offers Associates degrees.

Hawai'i Pacific University's campuses are located on the island of Oahu.
The main campus is in the heart of Honolulu's downtown business and financial district, within the center of the state's capital district. Students have ample opportunities to make the transition from student to worker in the various business offices, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, financial institutions, and accounting firms and law firms in the area. Many of the University's adjunct instructors are practitioners at the top of their professions who bring contemporary, real-life experiences into the classroom.
The Hawai'i Loa campus of Hawai'i Pacific University is located on the windward side of the island of Oahu and offers students an idyllic campus setting with rolling hills and lush greenery. The campus dormitories, dining commons, library, bookstore, science labs, and recreational facilities provide students with a wide range of amenities. Various shopping malls, restaurants, beaches, and historic and scenic sites also are within reasonable distance and accessible by Honolulu's public transportation system.

Hawai'i Pacific University's third campus at Makapu'u Point is home to the university's marine laboratory facility. At Oceanic Institute, HPU seeks to establish a leading global center for research and education in the marine, environmental, and life sciences, serving Hawai'i, the nation, and the world.
Hawaii Pacific University has a diverse student body is composed of students from every state in the U.S. as well as more than 100 countries from around the world. Enrollment in the graduate programs exceeded 1,300 in Fall 2008. Students range in age from 17 to over 70 with a significant number of adult learners in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1965
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $60,958,253


When applying to Hawaii Pacific University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 31. The application fee at Hawaii Pacific University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.2%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hawaii Pacific University is 14:1, and the school has 65.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hawaii Pacific University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 31%
Health Professions and Related Programs 26%
Social Sciences 6%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 5%
Psychology 5%

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Student Life

Hawaii Pacific University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,168, with a gender distribution of 44.8 percent male students and 55.2 percent female students. At this school, 3 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 97 percent of students live off campus. Hawaii Pacific University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,463
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Hawaii Pacific University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Hawaii Pacific University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hawaii Pacific University, 3 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Hawaii Pacific University.

Students who have cars on campus 3%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hawaii Pacific University, 50.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $1,989.

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Tuition and fees $20,180 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,230 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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