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Online Schools in Hawaii

Article Sources
  • State of Hawaii
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Chaminade University
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Occupational Employment Projections in Hawaii, 2010-2020, 2010
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hawaii Economy at a Glance, 2012
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Online and Hybrid Degree Programs: Accessible Education

Depending on their location, students in Hawaii seeking higher education might find limited options. Made up of a series of islands, the state’s geography can prevent individuals from attending traditional postsecondary institutions. Those living on Oahu, the most densely-populated of the Hawaiian islands and home to Honolulu, the state capital, have access to more educational opportunities than individuals who reside in other areas of the state.

Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private for-profit2283
Public5893
Private nonprofit5534

City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
Honolulu347,97333,9129.75 percent 35.2 percent
Hilo45,3804,63610.22 percent 30 percent
Pearl47,0212,9146.20 percent 28.4 percent
Kailua38,7222,7187.02 percent 46.5 percent
Kaneohe33,6542,3416.96 percent 34.4 percent
Waipahu41,1652,2895.56 percent 16.5 percent
Schofield Barracks20,8582,22410.66 percent 19 percent

However, distance learning has helped remove geographical barriers to postsecondary education. Online colleges in Hawaii can help students complete degree programs that could translate to expanded job opportunities or career advancement.Students interested in exploring all the schools and institutions based in Hawaii offering online & campus-based programs can explore the map below

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Distance Learning Helps Fill Hawaii Jobs

Hawaii online colleges offer programs that can prepare graduates to take on growing positions in the state, such as medical and public health social workers, as well as mental health and substance abuse social workers. The University of Hawaii at Manoa (manoa.hawaii.edu) has an online master of social work program, which is available to residents of Oahu’s neighboring islands. Classes can be accessed through interactive television and online delivery, and the program requires students to travel to Oahu once a year to attend on-site training for face-to-face instruction.

A site coordinator is available for students on each island, offering academic advising. The program is designed to address the need for credentialed professional social workers in rural areas with limited social services. The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (hiwi.org, 2010) projects that the number of medical and health social workers will increase 30 percent between 2010 and 2020. Mental health and substance abuse social workers are also expected to grow 22.6 percent during that time.

Hawaii Pacific University (hpu.edu) offers an online master of arts in organizational change program. Offered completely online, and available to students anywhere, the program includes online readings, virtual team discussions, and group-centered simulations and projects. Coursework teaches about research methods, management principles and business concepts from fields including anthropology, information systems, psychology and sociology.

The program can help prepare graduates for employment as directors of organizational development or change management, working in areas such as business, government, health care and social services. According to the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (hiwi.org, 2010), training and development mangers are projected to increase 29.3 percent between 2010 and 2020. Overall job growth for business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow by 12 percent during that same timeframe.

Online Degree Programs: Educating Working Professionals

Offering flexible programs that allow for study from anywhere with an internet connection, online colleges in Hawaii can benefit working professionals. Based in Honolulu, Chaminade University (chaminade.edu) has an online master of business administration program. Most students average two courses per 10-week quarter, and typically complete the program within 18 to 21 months. The curriculum combines coursework in business management with practical instruction in management functions.

Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit1 - 11
Public4 - 33

Core courses aim to provide students with the ability to manage others and make effective decisions, preparing them to take on business occupations. Between 2010 and 2020, the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (hiwi.org, 2010) expects business operations specialists to increase 12.3 percent, adding more than 2,000 positions during that time.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo (hilo.hawaii.edu) offers an online doctorate of nursing practice program, which is designed to prepare students for an advanced level of nursing science. Students can enter the program at two entry points: BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP. Coursework covers the administration of nursing systems, direct care of individual clients, management of rural population care and development of health policy.

The program is specifically tailored to develop nursing leaders and educators, imparting the ability to utilize clinical research to improve health care. The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (hiwi.org, 2010) projects that the number of registered nurses will increase approximately 21 percent between 2010 and 2020. Meanwhile, nursing instructors and postsecondary teachers are expected to grow 15.4 percent. The program aims to address that occupational demand.

Industries for Job Growth in Hawaii

Approximately 650,000 working professionals were employed in Hawaii in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012). Government was the state’s leading employment industry, accounting for nearly 125,000 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities positions made up more than 115,000 jobs, making it the second-highest industry for employment in Hawaii.

Online schools in Hawaii can assist individuals looking for career opportunities in technology, an industry that’s projected to see job growth in the state. The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (hiwi.org, 2010), estimates that the number of systems software developers will increase by 38.9 percent between 2010 and 2020. Demand for network and computer systems architects and administrators is also expected to grow by 23 percent during that time.

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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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21st Century eSchool
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7106 South Avenue
City
Middleton
State
WI
Zip Code
53562
Website
http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
21st Century Virtual Academy
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1829 Denver West Drive #27
City
Golden
State
CO
Zip Code
80401
Website
http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Academy Online High School
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
City
Colorado Springs
State
CO
Zip Code
80920
Website
http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
ACCESS Distance Learning
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36130
Website
http://accessdl.state.al.us/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Alabama A & M University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4900 Meridian Street
City
Normal
State
AL
Zip Code
35762
Website
www.aamu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
383-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
370-457
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,505
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
City
Birmingham
State
AL
Zip Code
35294
Website
www.uab.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-668
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,511
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,766
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Amridge University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1200 Taylor Rd
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36117
Website
www.amridgeuniversity.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
308
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
0
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,860
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
301 Sparkman Dr
City
Huntsville
State
AL
Zip Code
35899
Website
www.uah.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,013
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,128
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Alabama State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
915 S Jackson Street
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36104
Website
www.alasu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-460
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,764
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admissions Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,720
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Alabama System Office
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Blvd. East
City
Tuscaloosa
State
AL
Zip Code
35401
Website
www.uasystem.ua.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
-1
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
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