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Hawaii Higher Education and Schooling Options

Oct 20, 2021

Students who plan to study in Hawaii can choose from almost 20 public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities. Awards range from undergraduate certificates to doctoral degrees. To help in narrowing the search, this we've put the largest schools and more affordable ones into categories, among others, to help you decide. The data is from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Hawaii Schools Near Large Cities

The schools near large cities in Hawaii are, for the most part, located in around the capital of Honolulu. These are 4-year private schools and 2-year public schools.

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (Honolulu)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu)
  • Honolulu Community College (Honolulu)
  • Kapiolani Community College (Honolulu)

Largest Schools in Hawaii

The largest schools in Hawaii range in the range of 10,000 students, as of fall 2018. Most of them are public schools offering certificate programs and associate's degrees.

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (17,710 students)
  • Kapiolani Community College (6,899 students)
  • Leeward Community College (6,709 students)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (4,086 students)
  • Honolulu Community College (3,541 students)

Lowest Net Price

The average net price is calculated by NCES through subtracting financial aid awards from the total cost of attendance for full-time undergraduates. As of 2018-2019, the following schools had the lowest average net prices.

  • Kapiolani Community College ($6,752)
  • Leeward Community College ($8,212)
  • Honolulu Community College ($8,796)
  • University of Hawaii Maui College ($9,598)
  • Kauai Community College ($10,118)

Highest Graduation Rate

NCES calculates the graduation rate based on new, full-time undergraduate students who entered their programs in 2013 for 4-year schools and finished within 150% of the normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's program). This rate might indicate student satisfaction with schools and programs.

  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii (65% graduation rate)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (61% graduation rate)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (59% graduation rate)
  • Hawaii Pacific University (45% graduation rate)

We've broken down into four categories the public and private non-profit schools in Hawaii to help you make a better decision on which school is the most appropriate for your learning expectations.

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