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2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii

14 Colleges
$37,936 Avg Salary*
19% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options you have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Top Hawaii Schools ranking.

After analyzing 14 schools in Hawaii, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education. To come up with this ranking, we look at more than 20 factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include freshman retention, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, and post graduate earnings, among other things.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

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Top Colleges in Hawaii

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii

Our analysis found Honolulu Community College to be the best school for overall quality in Hawaii in this year’s ranking. Honolulu Community College is a small public school located in Honolulu, Hawaii that handed out 707 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $35,700 during the early years of their career..

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#2

Kapiolani Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Kapiolani Community College. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii list. Kapiolani CC is a public institution located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 915 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Kapiolani CC make an average of $37,200 a year.

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#3

Windward Community College

Kaneohe, Hawaii

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Windward Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii list. This small public school is located in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and it awarded 247 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Windward CC is $29,600 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Leeward Community College

Pearl City, Hawaii

A rank of #4 on our Best Colleges in Hawaii list means Leeward Community College is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Pearl City, Hawaii, the medium-sized public school handed out 857 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Leeward CC make an average of $33,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#5

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Hawaii at Manoa helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Hawaii. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the fairly large public school handed out 4,465 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $45,800 during the early years of their career..

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University of Hawaii - West Oahu landed the #6 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii ranking. UH West Oahu is located in Kapolei, Hawaii and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 709 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from UH West Oahu make an average of $38,600 a year.

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Chaminade University of Honolulu did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii ranking, coming in at #7. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, and it awarded 563 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $38,400 during the early years of their career..

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With a ranking of #8, University of Hawaii Maui College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii list. UH Maui College is a public institution located in Kahului, Hawaii. The school has a small population, and it awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UH Maui College make an average of $29,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

Kauai Community College

Lihue, Hawaii

With a ranking of #9, Kauai Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii list. This small public school is located in Lihue, Hawaii, and it awarded 125 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Kauai CC is $39,000 during the early years of their career.

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Brigham Young University - Hawaii landed the #10 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii ranking. Located in Laie, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 765 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from BYU - H go into careers with an average salary of $42,200 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges in Hawaii list. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 849 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University make an average of $49,900 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Hawaii Pacific University Report

#12

University of Phoenix - Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

With a ranking of #12, University of Phoenix - Hawaii did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii list. University of Phoenix - Hawaii is a small private for-profit school located in Honolulu, Hawaii that handed out 89 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $47,100 during the early years of their career..

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University of Hawaii at Hilo did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii ranking, coming in at #13. UH Hilo is a public institution located in Hilo, Hawaii. The school has a small population, and it awarded 801 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from UH Hilo make an average of $37,900 a year.

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#14

Hawaii Community College

Hilo, Hawaii

Hawaii Community College landed the #14 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Hawaii ranking.Hilo, Hawaii is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 374 students in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii CC make an average of $26,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 14 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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