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University of Hawaii at Hilo Data & Information Overview

4 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
92% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Hawaii at Hilo Ranked?

#1,774 Best Colleges in Nation
#10 Best Colleges in HI
Health Professions Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of Hawaii at Hilo was awarded 4 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

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Overall Quality

UH Hilo is ranked #1,774 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list.

UH Hilo is also ranked #10 out of 12 schools in Hawaii.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UH Hilo?

92% Acceptance Rate
70% Of Accepted Are Women
18% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

University of Hawaii at Hilo has an acceptance rate of 92%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for UH Hilo.

Average Test Scores

About 18% of students accepted to UH Hilo submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 630. Math scores were between 500 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 500 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 500 to 580 )
UH Hilo received ACT scores from 46% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 16 to 22 )

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University of Hawaii at Hilo Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
82% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Hawaii at Hilo, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Hawaii at Hilo is 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Hawaii at Hilo

71% Freshmen Retention
21% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at University of Hawaii at Hilo is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at UH Hilo is 21%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  21 out of 100

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University of Hawaii at Hilo Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,112 Full-Time Undergraduates
77.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
63.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,671 undergraduates at UH Hilo with 2,112 being full-time and 559 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Hawaii at Hilo Cost?

$13,503 Net Price
31% Take Out Loans
$37,792 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UH Hilo is $13,503. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UH Hilo

$0-30 K$30K-48K$48-75$75-110K$110K +

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UH Hilo, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UH Hilo, approximately 31% of students took out student loans averaging $9,448 a year. That adds up to $37,792 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UH Hilo is 8.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do UH Hilo Graduates Make?

$43,823 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UH Hilo with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $43,823 in their early years. This is good news for future UH Hilo graduates since it is 3% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of Hawaii at Hilo

Hawaii State
2,112 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
University of Hawaii at Hilo is a public institution situated in Hilo, Hawaii. The surrounding location of Hilo is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for UH Hilo are given below.

Contact Details
Address:200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720-4091

University of Hawaii at Hilo Majors

38 Majors With Completions
590 Undergraduate Degrees
165 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 38 majors graduated from University of Hawaii at Hilo. Of these students, 590 received undergraduate degrees and 165 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences77NA
Business Administration & Management50$31,399
General Psychology50$31,192
Health & Physical Education37$23,105
General Biology31$25,189
Criminal Justice & Corrections30$24,155
Political Science & Government27NA
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology27$26,017
General Agriculture20$26,795

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Hawaii at Hilo along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UH Hilo

88% Take At Least One Class Online
47% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 2,863 students took at least one online class at University of Hawaii at Hilo. This is a decrease from the 3,117 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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