University of Hawaii at Hilo

University of Hawaii at Hilo Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of Hawaii at Hilo Ranked?

2022 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 58 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Native American languages.

Overall Quality

UH Hilo is ranked #1,681 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

UH Hilo also holds the #13 spot on the Best Colleges in Hawaii ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UH Hilo?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Hawaii at Hilo is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 78%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 55% 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 490 and 590. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 480 to 580 )
UH Hilo received ACT scores from 58% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Hawaii at Hilo  ( 17 to 23 )

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University of Hawaii at Hilo Faculty

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 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Hawaii at Hilo

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Hawaii at Hilo has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 12% for first-time, full-time students at UH Hilo, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  12 out of 100

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University of Hawaii at Hilo Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,818 undergraduates at UH Hilo with 2,204 being full-time and 614 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Hawaii at Hilo Cost?

The overall average net price of UH Hilo is $13,885. 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 +
$12,045 $11,930 $14,634 $17,139 $19,922

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 49% of students took out student loans averaging $6,238 a year. That adds up to $24,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UH Hilo is 6.1%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UH Hilo make around $37,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of University of Hawaii at Hilo

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
Phone: 808-932-7446

University of Hawaii at Hilo Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from University of Hawaii at Hilo. Of these students, 637 received undergraduate degrees and 164 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 Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 65 $68,800
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 63 $102,200
General Psychology 53 $22,500
Business Administration & Management 49 $32,500
Health & Physical Education 47 $24,100
Communication & Media Studies 34 $23,100
General Biology 32 NA
Geography & Cartography 30 NA
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 27 $22,500
General Agriculture 27 $30,500

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

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 2018-2019, 1,103 students took at least one online class at University of Hawaii at Hilo. This is an increase from the 1,080 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,103 209
2017-2018 1,080 271
2016-2017 1,113 252
2015-2016 805 161
2013-2014 914 197

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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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