UH Hilo at a Glance

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is a state university with a private college atmosphere. We offer small class sizes, a low faculty-to-student ratio and opportunities for research and hands-on learning.

As a public university, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has a unique position in the State—and country—by offering a rigorous and engaging curriculum at an affordable tuition rate. The admission requirements are moderately selective, allowing above-average students the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a small school experience.

UH Hilo is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


1947 when UH Mānoa begins the Hilo program

1970 as the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Role: Public Liberal Arts and Science University of Hawaiʻi
Calendar: 2 semesters of 16-17 weeks each and
a four-week intensive summer session and
a six-week regular summer session
Enrollment: 4,043
Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15
Average Class Size: 22
% of Faculty Full-Time: 90%
Campus Size:

115 acres - Main Campus

33 acres - University Village Phase I (under development)

10 acres - Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center

110 acres - Panaʻewa Farm

163 acres - UH Hilo Science and Technology Park (Makai)

324 acres - UH Hilo Science and Technology Park (Mauka)


Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Education (MEd)
Master of Science (MS)
Doctorate (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Majors: 37 Undergraduate
8 Graduate
4 Doctorates
Tuition: See the Tuition & Fees page

The Most Diverse Students

In 2014, UH Hilo was named as the most diverse four-year public institution in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education.