UH Hilo at a Glance

The University of Hawai╩╗i 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 Hawai╩╗i 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 M─ünoa began the Hilo program in 1947 and it was officially named the University of Hawai╩╗i 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
UH Hilo Enrollment
Hawai╩╗i: 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 - Pana╩╗ewa 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
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Financial Assistance

Pell recipients


Any aid


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.

Student Diversity

Ethnicity %
Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian 29%
Filipino 8%
Mixed 14%
Caucasian 24%
Japanese 6%
Pacific Islander 6%
Chinese 2%
All Other 11%