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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Hawaii

Article Sources
  • University of Hawaii System, Accessed June 2017, http://www.hawaii.edu/
  • Authorized Schools, Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program, Accessed June http://cca.hawaii.gov/hpeap/authorized-schools/
  • About BYU-Hawaii, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Accessed June 2017, http://about.byuh.edu/
  • About UH Manoa, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Accessed June 2017, https://manoa.hawaii.edu/about/
  • About UHWO, University of Hawaii - West Oahu, Accessed June 2017, http://www.uhwo.hawaii.edu/about-us/
  • UH Hilo at a Glance, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Accessed June 2017, https://hilo.hawaii.edu/prospective/glance.php
  • Hawaii Pacific University, Accessed June 2017, https://www.hpu.edu/#study
  • About Us, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Accessed June 2017, http://www.chaminade.edu/about/about-chaminade-university
  • Hawaii Campus, University of Phoenix, Accessed June 2017, http://www.phoenix.edu/campus-locations/hi/hawaii-campus/hawaii-campus.html
  • Scholarships, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Accessed June 2017, http://www.oha.org/scholarships
  • Financial Aid Programs, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Accessed June 2017, https://hilo.hawaii.edu/financialaid/programs.php#state
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Whether you already live in Hawaii or dream of studying in paradise, you'll be happy to learn the island state has several high-quality education options. Among the choices are a robust public university system and private schools that let people learn on campus or earn an online bachelor's degree in Hawaii.

The University of Hawaii System is comprised of all the state's public institutions of higher education. These include three universities and seven community colleges and learning centers spread across four islands. Students who choose to start their studies at a community college can often easily transfer credits to a university thanks to articulation agreements between the institutions.

In addition to public schools, several private colleges and universities are authorized by the Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program. Among these are institutions with campuses in the state as well as schools based elsewhere but approved to award online Hawaii degrees.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Hawaii

Hawaii's seven main four-year colleges include both public and private institutions. Here's how they rank based on a methodology that analyzes metrics such as tuition, distance education options and graduation rates.

Methodology
1Brigham Young University - Hawaii+
ADMISSION RATE
36%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Brigham Young University may be best known for its main campus in Utah, but it operates in Hawaii as well. Owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the school brings together more than 2,700 students from 70 countries. It has five colleges and uses a learning framework intended to help students "prepare, engage and improve."

BYU-Hawaii rises to the top of these rankings for many reasons. It has the best tuition and fees among Hawaii schools and offers the most institutional grant aid as a percentage of its tuition and fees. Its students graduate with the lowest median debt and have the second best three-year repayment rate in the state. What's more, Brigham Young University - Hawaii ranks first for its retention rate and second for its graduation rate.

The university has its campus in Laie on the island of Oahu.

Additional Info
2University of Hawaii at Manoa+
ADMISSION RATE
81%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$70
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
13

The University of Hawaii at Manoa ranks highest among the three four-year schools within the University of Hawaii System. It is also the flagship institution within the system and enrolled nearly 19,000 students in 2015.

Founded in 1907, UH Manoa has a strong record of fostering academic success. The university has the best graduation rate and the second best retention rate in Hawaii. What's more, the University of Hawaii at Manoa offers more academic programs than any other school surveyed. It has more than 220 undergraduate and graduate programs available through its 14 colleges and schools. While the university offers all the state's most popular degree programs, it awarded more bachelor's degrees in registered nursing than in any other field in 2015.

UH Manoa has its campus in Manoa Valley, outside Honolulu on the island of Oahu.

Additional Info
3University of Hawaii - West Oahu+
ADMISSION RATE
70%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

The University Hawaii - West Oahu ranks second among the University of Hawaii System schools and third overall in the state. It is particularly notable for being one of the best online colleges for Hawaii and offers more programs via distance education than any other school surveyed.

UHWO was founded in 1976 to provide a baccalaureate education to residents on the fast-growing side of Oahu Island. With 67 percent of students coming from the Leeward district of Oahu, the University of Hawaii - West Oahu has a particular focus on serving indigenous students. While there is an emphasis on Native Hawaiian culture, students from all backgrounds are welcome.

Although the school's campus is in Kapolei, students from all over can earn an online bachelor's degree in Hawaii through its distance education programs. These allow those with an associate degree equivalent education to finish their upper division credits online.

Additional Info
4University of Hawaii at Hilo+
ADMISSION RATE
71%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

The University of Hawaii at Hilo is the final four-year school within the University of Hawaii System. The school got its start as an outreach program of UH Manoa in 1947. By 1970, it became its own separate institution. Today it enrolls nearly 4,000 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

UH Hilo represents a good choice for students seeking affordable degree programs. The university ranks third for the sticker price of its tuition and fees and second for its average net price. It is also generous with its financial aid, coming in third for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

For students on the island of Hawaii, also known as the big island, the University of Hawaii at Hilo is the only public higher education institution available.

Additional Info
5Hawaii Pacific University+
ADMISSION RATE
91%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
28

Offering more than 50 degree programs, Hawaii Pacific University pulls students from all 50 states and 65 countries. The school was first chartered in 1965 and subsequently merged with several other institutions to become what it says is the leading private, nonprofit university in the state.

HPU is second only to UH Manoa in terms of the number of total academic programs it offers. It also ranks first for the number of programs offered via distance education, making it one of the best online colleges for Hawaii. More than 50 percent of its student body was enrolled in a distance education class in 2015. Hawaii Pacific University also does a good job of helping its students graduate on time, and it has the third best graduation rate in Hawaii.

Hawaii Pacific University has its campus in Honolulu on the island of Oahu.

Additional Info
6Chaminade University of Honolulu+
ADMISSION RATE
82%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
20

Nearly 2,500 students were enrolled in Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2015. The private school is the only Catholic university in Hawaii and one of three higher education institutions in the country affiliated with the Marianist religious order.

Its campus dates back to 1928 when it housed the Saint Louis School. In 1955, the St. Louis Junior College was founded and that would go on to eventually become Chaminade University of Honolulu. Today, the school is known for its flexible learning environment. Online, night and weekend courses are available. Remedial support, academic counseling and career placement services are also offered. Among Hawaii colleges and universities, Chaminade has the third best retention rate and the fourth best graduation rate.

Chaminade University of Honolulu has its campus on the island of Oahu.

Additional Info
7University of Phoenix - Hawaii+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
26

Students interested in online Hawaii degree programs will find plenty of options at the University of Phoenix. The school, with locations nationwide, is best known for its focus on distance education, and it ranks second in the state for the number of online degree programs offered.

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs across eight subject areas are available. These include popular choices such as accounting and nursing. However, in 2015, the University of Phoenix - Hawaii awarded more bachelor's degrees in business administration than in any other major. The school's flexible learning options — including night and weekend classes and credit for life experiences — make it a top choice for non-traditional students.

Those who would prefer to learn in a classroom rather than online can take courses through the University of Phoenix - Hawaii at its Honolulu campus.

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Most Popular Degree Programs in Hawaii

In terms of sheer numbers, students enrolled in these particular programs at the highest rates. These courses of study are likely to reflect not only the industries supporting the state's economy, but also fields connected to potential career paths nationwide.

In-Demand Careers in Hawaii

Those hoping to land a job in Hawaii after graduation should consider choosing a degree that may lead to one of the following in-demand careers.

Career Title Total Employment Projected Job Growth Annual Salary
Family and General Practitioners440-$204,700
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates130-0.7%$188,870
Nurse Anesthetists100-$185,460
Veterinarians2506.6%$184,350
Pediatricians, General130-$175,210
Internists, General210-0.5%$164,920
Chief Executives1,840-0.6%$154,880
Psychiatrists1306.9%$142,590
Dentists, General5506.4%$130,330
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary58014.3%$120,710

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Hawaii

Students in Hawaii have access to both federal and state financial aid programs. At the state level, there are need-based and merit-based awards available. These are granted through programs such as the Hawaii State Incentive Grant, Hawaii B Plus Scholarship Program and the Hawaii State Need-Based Opportunity Grant. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs also maintains a number of scholarship programs for students of Hawaiian ancestry.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

 
Amigo Scholarship
Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA with minimum composite ACT score of 23 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1070) or have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA with a minimum composite ACT score of 26 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1170). Applicant must not be from New Mexico.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$14,815

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for four years.

 
Jayhawk Generations Scholarship
Applicant must be an admitted first-time, non-resident freshman student whose parent, step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent, step-grandparent, or great-grandparent earned a degree at the university. Minimum 3.5 GPA and combined SAT Reasoning score of 1090 (composite ACT score of 24) required.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$12,154

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 1

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.4 university GPA and completes 30 university semester hours per academic year.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Chaminade University of Honolulu
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
3140 Waialae Avenue
City
Honolulu
State
HI
Zip Code
96816
Website
www.chaminade.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
430-520
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
435-540
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,816
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
82%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$21,780
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
22
Number of Online Programs Offered
20
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
48%
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
200 W Kawili St
City
Hilo
State
HI
Zip Code
96720
Website
hilo.hawaii.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
410-520
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,260
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
71%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,332
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
15
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
24%
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall
City
Honolulu
State
HI
Zip Code
96822
Website
manoa.hawaii.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
480-580
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
490-610
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
460-570
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
13,689
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$70
Admission Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$11,164
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
12
Number of Online Programs Offered
13
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
Hawaii Pacific University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800
City
Honolulu
State
HI
Zip Code
96813
Website
www.hpu.edu
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,993
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
91%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$22,440
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
22
Number of Online Programs Offered
28
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
52%
University of Hawaii-West Oahu
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
91-1001 Farrington Highway
City
Kapolei
State
HI
Zip Code
96707
Website
uhwo.hawaii.edu
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,692
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
70%
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,152
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
43
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
68%
Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
55-220 Kulanui Street
City
Laie
State
HI
Zip Code
96762
Website
www.byuh.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
480-590
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
490-570
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Fringe
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,718
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
36%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,100
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
22
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
32%
University of Phoenix-Hawaii
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
745 Fort Street
City
Honolulu
State
HI
Zip Code
96813
Website
www.phoenix.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Private for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,240
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,925
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
83
Number of Online Programs Offered
26
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
21%
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