The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo inspires its students through an educational experience designed for discovery and steeped in Hawaiʻi’s unique cultural tradition. Using Hawaiʻi Island’s geological, biological and cultural diversity, UH Hilo combines today’s technology, creativity, critical thinking and practical application with cultural understanding to prepare graduates to tackle 21st Century challenges. Working hand-in-hand with faculty, students enjoy unique opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research in a wide range of areas-- from restoring native forests and revitalizing Hawaiian language and culture, to improving the health of the local community. Scholarship and research are an important part of faculty work, and enhance student engagement in Hawaiʻi Island’s unique learning environment, attracting students from across Hawaiʻi, the Pacific and throughout the world.
The University is part of the state-supported, ten-campus University of Hawaiʻi system, along with UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu, and seven community colleges. Within UH Hilo are the following academic units:
- College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM)
- College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) , including Divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS)
- College of Business and Economics (COBE)
- Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani/College of Hawaiian Language (KHUOK)
- The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP)
The chancellor is UH Hilo’s chief executive officer, responsible to the president, who leads the statewide University of Hawaiʻi system. The Board of Regents, appointed by the governor, is the UH system’s governing body.