UH Hilo living up to its ranking as the most diverse 4-year public campus in the country

The university’s freshman cohort and this semester’s entire student population reflect the ranking well.

Group photo of cohort on the Campus Center Plaza.
The cohort of UH Hilo incoming freshman stand together on the Campus Center Plaza during Orientation Week in August.

Last month, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the most diverse four-year public campus in the country. The university’s freshman cohort, pictured above on the Campus Center Plaza during Orientation Week, reflects that diversity well.

“Being a diverse campus means that our students are able to study with people who have different experiences and different ways of thinking than they do and they learn more,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney when news of the Chronicle ranking was announced last month. “That’s what being the most diverse campus is going to mean for the students. They are going to have a much better educational experience than if we were the other end of the spectrum.”

Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, interim vice chancellor for student affairs, reports that the following percentages are the characteristics of all students currently enrolled at UH Hilo, based on data generated Sept. 16:

  • Native Hawaiian: 25.92%
  • Filipino: 6.85%
  • Pacific Islanders: 5.6%, the highest of all the UH four-year institutions
  • Residents: 67.95%
  • Women: 60.16%

-UH Hilo Stories