Students Say

Mega-diverse Hawaii Pacific University is the biggest private university in the Aloha State and "a perfect setting where east and west traditions meet." Students come here from more than 100 countries. There are some 50 undergraduate concentrations available. Marine biology, oceanography, nursing, and travel industry management are all stellar. There's "a strong business program," too.

Overview

Applicants
3,481
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 540
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Mega-diverse Hawaii Pacific University is the biggest private university in the Aloha State and "a perfect setting where east and west traditions meet." Students come here from more than 100 countries. There are some 50 undergraduate concentrations available. Marine biology, oceanography, nursing, and travel industry management are all stellar. There's "a strong business program," too. The administration "works extremely hard to make sure student needs are met." "Registering for classes is very easy." "Small classes" allow for plenty of "individualized learning and attention." "Professors are smart, qualified, very enthusiastic about their subjects, and very willing to help the students," says a marketing major. "They try to be as accessible as possible," and they "go out of their way to help you learn."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
413
with Terminal Degree
219

214
Men
199
Women
149
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
20%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

  • History

  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Noah Idechong
1 0f 8 Time Magazine Hero's, Earth Day 2000

Carolyn Sapp
Miss America, 1992

Benny Agbayani
Former New York Mets baseball player

Alexander Sperl
Director of Business Planning, Microsoft

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
20%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,000

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,000

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,519

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,106

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,015

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$22,160
Required Fees
$200
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$540

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

HPU is "a beautiful mix of color and people" and "completely another culture unto itself." "I love the diversity," beams a junior. You'll find "almost every type of person" here. There are "locals" "wannabe surfer types," and "rich kids from" the continental United States. There are "parents and single moms" and various other "older adults who take their work very seriously." The student population at Hawaii Pacific is also "extremely" global. If you want to study in an international environment, this "is the place for you." It's not uncommon to meet someone "who grew up in France, studied abroad in Brazil, traveled throughout Asia, and can fluently speak three languages." "A person can go around the whole world simply by meeting new people from different countries" and students tell us that the rich mosaic of backgrounds "adds a whole other perspective to class discussions" and to campus life in general.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,835
Out of State
35%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
102

Demographics

57% female
43% male
35% are out of state
65% are full time
35% are part time

Overview

Students Say

HPU has two campuses. ("The school provides transportation to and from both.") The "gorgeous" and more residential Windward campus is "nestled in the beautiful mountains with lushness and almost no commercialism." "You have the steep green valleys on one side and the clear ocean on the other." The other campus "in the heart of downtown Honolulu" is very convenient. It's mostly "rented classrooms from office buildings," though, and the neighborhood is a little on the sketchy side. Campus life here is "laid-back" and really unique. One reason is because the student population is so epically diverse. "You can hear 10 different conversations in 10 different languages just by walking from one end of campus to the other," swears one student. Another reason is because of the island locale. "School spirit is pretty low," and "the general university feel is lacking because of the lack of a large campus." Who cares, though? Life at HPU is all about "students from around the world learning and having fun in paradise." "Nightlife involves clubs, house parties, or parties on the beaches." The ritzy Waikiki neighborhood and its "hot spot clubs and diners" isn't too far from downtown campus, and "there is always something fun or crazy going on" there. Students also get to bask in "the best weather in the world" on a daily basis. Hiking is very popular. "Getting some rays" or "surfing a swell" at world-class beaches "scattered around the island" is routine.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
2%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
42%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Sea Warriors)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Tennis
Women's Sports (Sea Warriors)
6 Sports

Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Hawaii-Manoa (HI)
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Hawaii-Manoa (HI)

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
88

Average Number of PC's per Lab
590

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
78%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Various vendors provide discount pricing at university's bookstore

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mr. Scott Liedtke
Asst. Director of Admissions

Address
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone
(808) 544-0238

Email
admissions@hpu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Frear Center
Sea Warrior Center
Windward Campus
Art Gallery
Fort Street Mall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Waikiki
Snorkeling at Haunauna Bay
Hiking Diamond Head
Aloha Tower Marketplace
North Shore wave watching

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@hpu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
taxis, buses, intercampus shuttle, Honolulu International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
Eight miles west of Waikiki

Local Accommodations
Contact Office of Admissions or see website: www.hpu.edu/housing
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Key Stats

3,481
Applicants
4,835
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate

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