UH Hilo sustainable agriculture program ranks among top five in the country for affordability

At just $10,000 annual net price, UH Hilo students can prepare themselves for a great diversity of careers in the tropical context, whether government or private sector.

Maria McCarthy handling plants.
UH Hilo student Maria McCarthy performs vegetative propagation on ornamental plants.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers one of the top five values in the nation for sustainable agriculture degree programs, according to the online ranking organization CollegeValuesOnline.com. UH Hilo’s bachelor of science in tropical plant sciences and agroecology is ranked fourth of 20 in net price in delivering higher education in sustainable agriculture at an affordable price.

In the ranking, UH Hilo is described as offering “the unique angle of tropical plant sciences for those wishing to labor in tropical zones. At just $10,000 annual net price, students can prepare themselves for a great diversity of careers in the tropical context, whether government or private sector.”

Norman Arancon, UH Hilo associate professor of horticulture, describes the program.

“Our program aims to produce leaders in agriculture who will bear the ideals of sustainable development and will contribute to the resilience of tropical island food and energy systems through innovative ideas and practices that are ecologically sound, economically viable and culturally sensitive as we face continuing challenges at the local and global level,” says Arancon. “We take pride in our hands-on educational approach that makes the most of our unique location.”

Students in the vegetable garden.
Students in a class on sustainable agriculture gather in one of their vegetable gardens on campus.

UH Hilo’s tropical plant science and agroecology specialty provides opportunities for students interested in tropical crop science or a plant-related field. Graduates can find meaningful employment with private enterprises or government agencies associated with conservation and environmental protection, crop production, plant pest control, plant ecology and plant and soil analyses and other farm services agribusinesses.

UH West Oʻahu ranked second in the affordability ranking.

See full story at UH System News.