UH Hilo at a Glance

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is a state university with a private college atmosphere. We offer small class sizes, a low faculty-to-student ratio, and opportunities for research and hands-on learning. As a public university, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has a unique position in the State—and country—by offering a rigorous and engaging curriculum at an affordable tuition rate. The admission requirements are moderately selective, allowing above-average students the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a small school experience. UH, Hilo is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Established:

  • 1947 when UH Mānoa begins the Hilo program
  • 1970 as the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Role: Public Liberal Arts and Science University of Hawaiʻi Calendar:

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

Enrollment: 4,043 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 20 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)

Degrees:

  • 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.)

Majors:

  • 37 Undergraduate
  • 8 Graduate
  • 4 Doctorates

Tuition: See the Tuition & Fees page

The Most Diverse Students

In 2014, UH Hilo was named as the most diverse four-year public institution in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Why Students Choose UH Hilo

On Hawai‘i Island, inspiration is everywhere; it’s in the land, sky, and sea, in the people, we meet on forest trails, local markets, and in our classrooms. Built on the coastal slopes of the world’s largest mountain and centered in the Pacific Ocean, the University of Hawai‘i Hilo challenges empowers and inspires our students. As a university community, we draw our inspiration from the people we call ‘ohana, and the island we call home.

Inspired by the ‘Āina

In Hawai‘i we know the land, the ‘āina, sustains us. The earth is more than a resource; it is our source of life. Surrounded by an incredible combination of high mountains and deep ocean, lush rainforest and arid fields of lava, we are inspired to understand our world through bold scholarship and care for our environment through a responsible relationship with our living earth and the community of life it sustains.

Inspired by Discovery

Our island home was discovered by courageous voyagers and their legacy inspires us to follow in the wake of their double-hulled canoes. A UH Hilo education is designed for discovery; from sea stars to supernovae, our focus on hands-on learning allows our students and expert faculty to discover the world together. Research in the field, internships with local businesses and organizations, small class sizes that encourage the honest exchange of ideas, and our university supported exchange programs all come together to inspire our students to discover their talents and passions by exploring the world.

Inspired by Innovation

By cultivating creativity, critical thinking, and cultural understanding, we prepare graduates that are ready to tackle 21st-century challenges and move the world forward. Whether our students are restoring native forests, improving the health of our local community, composing powerful stories, or designing safe landing for the first manned mission to Mars, they take inspiration from centuries of innovation to formulate creative solutions rooted in the hard-earned wisdom of those that came before.

Inspired by Each Other

The unique heritage of Hawai‘i weaves together a lei of cultures that honor our shared humanity and challenges us to learn from each other and see the world through a different lens. Our dynamic programs and vibrant location draw students from across Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and the world, creating academic and social opportunities at UH Hilo that can be found nowhere else on earth.

Inspired by You

When it comes down to it, we exist to prepare our students to empower their lives and transform the world, and you are our greatest inspiration. Deeply committed to creating that opportunity, UH Hilo is leading higher education into the future by providing a rigorous, residential college experience within reach. With the most affordable resident tuition rate in the state and $45 million awarded annually in financial aid and scholarships, we strive to break down barriers to higher education and open the doors of opportunity. At the University of Hawai‘i Hilo, we find our inspiration in the unique community and amazing environment that surrounds us every day. If there was ever a place to be inspired, this is it. Join us, and find what inspires you.

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

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BA

University of Hawaii, Hilo

The K.E.S. program provides students with a diverse range of high-quality instruction and opportunities within the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and th ... [+]

B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences

The K.E.S. program provides students with a diverse range of high-quality instruction and opportunities within the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and the exercise sciences. Furthermore, activity courses provide individuals with exposure to a variety of physical activities and opportunities to enhance their overall well being. Lecture type courses provide introductory and advanced preparation for the fields of education, management and/or coaching, health promotion, and the exercise sciences with include sport psychology, athletic training, physical therapy and exercise physiology.

Goals for Student Learning in the Major

A student who completes the Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences degree program will be able to:... [-]

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BBA

University of Hawaii, Hilo

The BBA in Accounting requires the successful completion of all core requirements for the BBA degree. Eighteen semester hours in Accounting must be earned in courses at t ... [+]

BBA in Accounting General Education Pre-Business Requirements

G1. Composition

ENG 100 Composition I (3), ENG 100T Composition with Tutorial (3), ESL 100 Composition/Non-native Speakers (3), or ESL 100T Composition/Non-nativeTutorial (3), with a "C" or better

G3. Quantitative Reasoning

One MATH course numbered 125 or higher, with "C" or better QBA 260 Business Statistics (3), with "C" or better

G6. Social Sciences

One class from ANTH, PSY, or SOC with "C" or better

Note: All remaining General Education Requirements must also be met.

Pre Business Core Requirements

Each Pre-Business core course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

ACC 201 Intro to Financial Accounting (3) ACC 202 Intro to Managerial Accounting (3) BUS 240 Business Law (3) BUS 290 Critical Thinking (3) COM 251 Public Speaking (3) ECON 130 Intro To Microeconomics (3) ECON 131 Intro To Macroeconomics (3) Either: ECON 300 Inter Macroecon Theory (3) ECON 340 Money & Banking (3) ENG 209 Writing for Business (3) or ENG 287 Introduction to Rhetoric (3) Professional Business Core Requirements ... [-]
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BSc

University of Hawaii, Hilo

This track of study provides students with a variety of animal science courses as well as important courses in agriculture so that they will be better qualified for the j ... [+]

B.S. in Agriculture

This track of study provides students with a variety of animal science courses as well as important courses in agriculture so that they will be better qualified for the job market. The purpose of this program is to prepare students to work with livestock on farms and ranches or to obtain positions in the livestock industry or related fields.

Former students have taken positions at livestock farms, dairies, ranches, equestrian centers, experiment stations, quarantine stations, veterinary clinics, and zoos. Employment opportunities also exist with government agencies and with livestock and feed companies.

Student Learning Outcomes Students will achieve a working knowledge of biology, chemistry, and mathematics as a foundation for further studies. Students will achieve a basic understanding in the different animal science disciplines and be able to apply this knowledge to effectively manage and care for livestock. Students will have experiential learning opportunities with farm animals through routine hands-on laboratories held at the UH Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory. When available, field trips to local farms and ranches will also provide learning opportunities with farm animals. Students will gain hands-on experience with livestock to help enhance their competitiveness in future studies and careers. Students will use and refine their communication skills in various classes. Students will develop and apply their computer skills to agricultural examples. ... [-]
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University of Hawaii, Hilo

The B.S. degree program provides the skills necessary for students seeking careers in astronomy, as professional research astronomers, observatory technical staff members ... [+]

B.S. in Astronomy

Astronomers seek answers to some of the biggest and oldest questions in science: How did the Universe begin? How will it end? What is in the Universe? How do stars, planets, galaxies and black holes form? How do they end? Addressing these questions incorporates physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, computer science, optics and instrumentation, and even history and philosophy are companion fields. The U.H. Hilo academic astronomy program leverages the astronomy infrastructure of Mauna Kea and the University Park of Science and Technology to provide students with knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, and training in modern methods of observational astronomy.

The B.S. degree program provides the skills necessary for students seeking careers in astronomy, as professional research astronomers, observatory technical staff members, or work in related fields that include planetary geosciences, teaching, and outreach.... [-]

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University of Hawaii, Hilo

Computer science is not the science of the computer–it is the science of problem-solving using a computer. If you are a computer science major, you will see this in many ... [+]

B.S. in Computer Science

Computer science is not the science of the computer–it is the science of problem-solving using a computer. If you are a computer science major, you will see this in many forms–the study of algorithms, of machine hardware, of programming languages, operating systems, database design, and more. The career opportunities are equally varied–software engineer, database manager, network administrator, project manager, and many others. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, predicts that for 2006–2016, three of the six occupations that will be among the fastest growing and register the largest numerical growth will be computing-related occupations.... [-]

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University of Hawaii, Hilo

The bachelor of science degree in geology is a rigorous program that prepares students for the graduate study of work as a professional geologist. ... [+]

The bachelor of science degree in geology is a rigorous program that prepares students for the graduate study of work as a professional geologist. The bachelor of arts degree is similar but is intended for students interested in careers in science education or natural resource management. Minors in geology and earth-space science are available for students who wish to major in marine science, astronomy, geography, or natural science.

photo of CSAV student with lava The Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) is a training and outreach program established by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 1989. Located in the UH Hilo Geology Building, CSAV's mission is to provide training and information on volcanic and natural hazards that occur in Hawaiʻi and worldwide. This is done through a variety of programs: public outreach, including visits to schools and the presentation of public lectures and symposia; a summer program training scientists from developing nations in techniques in volcanic hazards monitoring and response; several research projects; and the production of public informational programs on natural hazards preparedness and response for Hawaiʻi residents.... [-]

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University of Hawaii, Hilo

Marine Science is a well-rounded and multi-disciplinary program which has been carefully designed to take full advantage of the unique variety of marine environments avai ... [+]

B.S. in Marine Science

Marine Science is a well-rounded and multi-disciplinary program which has been carefully designed to take full advantage of the unique variety of marine environments available for study around the island of Hawaiʻi. Introductory lecture and laboratory courses in general oceanography and marine biology are followed by intermediate-level courses in marine ecology and evolution, marine methods, and statistical applications in marine science. The most advanced level of the degree programs is composed of specialized courses in geological, chemical, physical, and biological oceanography and electives. The programs culminate in a capstone sequence, allowing students to focus on independent projects involving research or applied internships.... [-]

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Location address
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 W. Kāwili St.,

Hilo, Hawaii, HI 96720-4091 US
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