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.
- UH Mānoa began the Hilo program in 1947 and it was officially named the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 1970.
- 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
- Undergraduate: 2,971
- Graduate: 568
- Faculty to Student Ratio
- Average Class Size
- Full-Time Faculty Percentage
- Student Demographics
- 62% are women
- Average age is 25
- Enrollment Status*
- 76% attend full-time
- Hawaiʻi: 71.3%
- U.S. Mainland: 20.0%
- U.S. Affiliated: 4.4%
- Foreign: 3.7%
- Unknown: 0.6%
- 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)
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.)
- 38 Undergraduate
- 8 Graduate
- 4 Doctorates
- Degrees Awarded (FY16-17)
- Bachelor's: 798
- Master's: 62
- Doctorate: 4
- Prof. Practice: 91
- See the Tuition & Fees page
Medium amount of aid
*Figures from UH System Institutional Research & Analysis Office, Fall 2017.
The Most Diverse Students
UH Hilo was ranked "#1 Most Diverse National University" by U.S. News & World Report, 2020 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.