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, Fall 2020, of 3,243 total

Ethnic/Racial Group Percent of Student Body
Black or African American 1.0%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.7%
Asian 16.5%
White 18.5%
Hispanic/Latino 14.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 7.4%
Two or more races 33.6%
Race and ethnicity unknown 0.4%
Nonresident Alien 3.4%

Among 3,243 students primarily identifying as above, 1,080 students (32.0%) indicate having Pre-Contact Native Hawaiian Ancestry.

Updated April 2022