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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."

Student Body

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.

Campus Life

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.

Overview

Applicants
5,452
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.43

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 540
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 550
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 540

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
468
with Terminal Degree

245
Men
223
Women

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
22%
Graduate in 5 years
38%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
22%
Graduate in 5 years
38%
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
$3,949

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,549

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,345

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,893

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,200
Required Fees
$300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,374
Transportation for Commuters
$660

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,204
Comprehensive Fee

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,436
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

14.18%
Asian
4.52%
African-American
14.57%
Hispanic
20.42%
Caucasian
20.86%
Unknown
10.99%
International

58% female
42% male
44% are out of state
74% are full time
26% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
13%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
41%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Sharks)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Sharks)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
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
No

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
Ms. Sara Sato
Assistant Vice President Enrollm. Mgmt.

Address
1 Aloha Tower Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone
(808) 544-0238

Email
admissions@hpu.edu

Experience College Life


Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mondays-Fridays

(808) 544-0238

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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