University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

About Our Students

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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, Fall 2012, of 4,157 total
Ethnic/Racial Group Percent of Student Body
Black or African American 1.2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4%
Asian 22%
White 23.3%
Hispanic/Latino 9.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 11.2%
Two or more races 28%
Race and ethnicity unknown 0.5%
Nonresident Alien 4.3%

Among 4,157 students primarily identifying as above, 995 students (24%) indicate having Pre-Contact Native Hawaiian Ancestry.


Rev. 3/4/13