Top School for a Degree in Information Technology - Honolulu, HI

Sep 16, 2022

School and Ranking Information

Several community colleges and universities in and near Honolulu, HI, offer programs not only in information technology but in related areas of computer science and information science. The following three institutions are considered the top schools in Honolulu for studies in and relating to information technology, based on rankings, graduation rates and number of degrees awarded:

  • Winner: The University of Hawaii at Manoa is the top school based on its national ranking and because it is the largest of the schools in terms of enrollment. It also has the highest graduation rate among the schools. The university awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in information and computer science.
  • Runner Up #1: Placing as the first runner up is Brigham Young University-Hawaii, due to its high regional ranking and graduation rate. It awards not only a bachelor's degree in information technology, but 4-year degrees in the related areas of computer science and information systems as well.
  • Runner Up #2: Hawaii Pacific University is named as the second runner up because it awards the highest number of degrees in the field and has a regional ranking. It offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in computer science.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Hawaii at Manoa Brigham Young University-Hawaii Hawaii Pacific College
Rankings 83rd for Top Public Universities; 166th for National Universities* 7th for Regional Colleges (West)* 64th for Regional Universities (West)*
Location Honolulu, HI Laie, HI (23.6 miles from downtown Honolulu) Honolulu, HI
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees 2021-2022 $12,186 (in-state, undergraduate); $34,218 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $16,502 (in-state, graduate); $34,550 (out-of-state, graduate)** $6,068** $30,020**
Information Technology/Computer Science Degree levels Offered bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees bachelor's degree associate's and bachelor's degrees
Information Technology/Computer Science Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2020-2021 125** 54** 24**
Most Popular Information Technology Program (2020-2021) Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (78 degrees awarded)** Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (26 degrees awarded)** Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (21 degrees awarded)**
2021 Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 59%** 71%** 42%**
Noteworthy Largest university in Hawaii Theological-based education in rural setting Associate's degree in computer science available

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report (2022), **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Highest graduation rate among schools with information technology major**
  • More than 30 faculty members in Information and Computer Science Department
  • 2.81% of 2021 graduates earned computer science-related degree**

The University of Hawaii at Manoa's Department of Information and Computer Sciences offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs in information and computer science. The department's 30 faculty members have backgrounds in a broad range of research areas, which allows students to pursue various interests. Students also have access to various labs, simulations and computer centers affiliated with the department and the university. The department also offers asynchronous classes that allow students to learn material anytime, anywhere through distant learning. Students also have access to on-campus groups to network and gain experience. The university was ranked 83rd for Top Public Schools in 2022 by U.S. News and World Report.

Runner-Up #1: Brigham Young University-Hawaii

  • 7.59% of graduates in 2021 earned computer science degrees**
  • 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio**
  • Located about 24 miles from downtown Honolulu

Located in a rural setting about 24 miles from Honolulu, Brigham Young University-Hawaii offers bachelor's degree programs in information technology, information system and computer science. All majors all are involved in the use and development of computer-based technology solutions. Students learn to work in teams and communicate effectively about technology. All majors within the Computer and Information Sciences Department are closed to enrollment; students must first complete specific requirements and then apply to one of the degree programs. The university was ranked 7th for Regional Colleges (West) by U.S. News and World Report in 2022. It had a graduation rate of 71% in 2021. The university stresses a strong academic foundation and emphasizes the important of integrity and theoretical learning.

Runner-Up #2: Hawaii Pacific University

  • Ranked 60th for Regional Universities (West)*
  • Small 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio**
  • 3.09% of graduates in 2021 earned degrees in computer science**

Hawaii Pacific University, located in downtown Honolulu, offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in computer science. Computer science faculty members have relevant experience from the high-tech industry and guide students through directed studies on advanced topics. The associate's degree in computer science is for students enrolled through military campus programs and directly leads to the bachelor's degree in computer science program. Students may participate in campus groups, including the Computer Club and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, a national student group promotes computing and information disciplines.

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