UH Hilo at a Glance

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is characterized as a comprehensive, regional university. Scholarship and research are an important part of faculty work and student engagement, but the primary focus is on providing high-quality baccalaureate and limited postgraduate education.

While UH Hilo actively recruits residents of Hawaiʻi Island, its programs are also attractive to prospective students from other islands, the mainland U.S., and internationally. Students across the State may select UH Hilo not only for its distinctive undergraduate programs, but for its rural setting setting, its intimate character, or for an interest in leaving home without leaving the State.

UH Hilo offers two Ph.D. programs, the Doctor of Pharmacy, and three master's programs that are unique in the UH system, and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program with a rural focus. UH Hilo will continue to offer its unique programs and efforts at the postgraduate level while maintaining the quality and relevance of these graduate programs and ensuring appropriate enrollments for the foreseeable future.

Ten of the 14 world climate zones exist on the Island of Hawaiʻi, making it a living laboratory for the study of volcanoes, astronomy, agriculture, marine science, and other natural sciences.

Established: UH Mānoa began the Hilo program in 1947 and it was officially named the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 1970.

Role: UH Hilo is a public liberal arts and science university.

Academic Calendar

  • 2 semesters of 16-17 weeks each
  • 1 four-week intensive summer session
  • 1 six-week regular summer session

Tuition: See the Tuition & Fees page

Total Enrollment

Academic Standing Enrolled %
Undergraduate: 2,763 85.20%
Graduate: 480 14.80%

Full-Time Faculty Percentage

Faculty Type Total %
Full-Time 218 77.34%
Part-Time 63 22.66%


Gender Students %
Men 1,120 34.54%
Women 2,084 64.26%
No Data 39 1.20%

Attendance Status

Attendance Type Student % of Total
Full-Time 2,283 70.40%
Part-Time 960 29.60%


Number of Majors Major Type
38 Undergraduate
8 Graduate
4 Doctorates

Permanent Home Address

Home Address Students %
Hawaiʻi 2,315 71.38%
U.S. Mainland 669 20.63%
U.S. Affiliated 120 3.70%
Foreign 110 3.39%
No Data 29 0.89%

Degrees Awarded (FY20-21)

Degree Type Number % of Total
Bachelor's 632 81.55%
Master's 55 7.10%
Doctorate 2 0.26%
Professional Practice 86 11.10%

Campus Size

Area Size
Main Campus 115 acres
University Village Phase I (under development) 33 acres -
Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center 10 acres -
Panaʻewa Farm 110 acres
UH Hilo Science and Technology Park (Makai) 163 acres
UH Hilo Science and Technology Park (Mauka) 324 acres

Degree Types Offered

  • 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.)

The Most Diverse Students

UH Hilo has consistently ranked #1 as one of the "Most Diverse National Universities" by U.S. News & World Report in its 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Best Colleges Rankings. U.S. News & World Report, 2023 Best Colleges Rankings

In 2018, the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac ranked UH Hilo number one for the most diverse four-year public university in the nation.

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo named a 2022 “Hidden Gem” by College Raptor

Hidden Gems of the Far West US - Badge

Student Diversity

Ethnicity Students %
Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian 1,066 31.61%
Filipino 231 6.85%
Mixed (2 or more) 457 13.55%
Caucasian 763 22.63%
Japanese 167 4.95%
Pacific Islander 18 0.53%
Chinese 33 0.98%
All Other 508 15.07%