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 Hawai‘i, 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.
- 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
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Full-Time Faculty Percentage
|Attendance Type||Student||% of Total|
|Number of Majors||Major Type|
Permanent Home Address
Degrees Awarded (FY19-20)
|Degree Type||Number||% of Total|
|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.)
Median amount of aid
*Figures from UH System Institutional Research & Analysis Office, Fall 18-19.
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, and 2022 Best Colleges Rankings. U.S. News & World Report, 2022 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.
|Mixed (2 or more)||443||13.14%|