About Our Students

The University values the diverse campus community as a vital contribution to the learning environment. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Hawaiʻi County is the most ethnically diverse county in the country; it is thus no surprise that UH Hilo enjoys an unusually diverse student body.

UH Hilo thrives on Hawaiʻi’s rich cultural heritage and history of cooperation among ethnic groups. The University is committed not only to being responsive to the needs of a diverse student population, but also to creating a learning environment that fosters intercultural understanding, appreciation, and respect.

UH Hilo Student Body by Ethnic and Racial Group

As Self-reported, Spring 2014, of 3,828 total

Ethnic/Racial Group Percent of Student Body
Black or African American 1.3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4%
Asian 24.4%
White 27.1%
Hispanic/Latino 1.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 31%
Two or more races 13.5%
Race and ethnicity unknown 0.4%
Nonresident Alien 4.0%

Among 3,828 students primarily identifying as above, 959 students (25.1%) indicate having Pre-Contact Native Hawaiian Ancestry.