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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii

13 Colleges
$37,231 Avg Salary*
44% Avg Grad Rate*

As a non-traditional student, we know you have a lot on your plate, and choosing which college to attend to advance your career is incredibly important. College Factual has developed its Top Hawaii Schools for Returning Adults ranking as a crucial tool you can use to help make the decision.

We analyzed 13 colleges and universities across Hawaii to determine which were the best for non-traditional students. Our ranking is based on over 20 objective factors, including post-graduate earnings, degree completion, distance and flexible learning options. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

Non-traditional students make up the bulk of today's college students and includes anyone who is attending college part-time, a returning or transfer student, or an adult learner (over the age of 24).

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii

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University of Hawaii - West Oahu tops this year’s ranking as the best school for non-traditional students in Hawaii. Kapolei, Hawaii is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 643 students in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $306 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UH West Oahu go into careers with an average salary of $38,600 during the early years of their career.

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#2

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

One of the best schools for adult learners and other non-traditional students is University of Hawaii at Manoa. The school came in at #2 in Hawaii in this year’s ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, and it awarded 3,245 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A high percentage of the school is made up of adult learners. 35% of the students are 25 years or older. The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $471. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UH Manoa make an average of $45,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#3

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Hawaii Pacific University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Hawaii. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 586 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $1,125 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University go into careers with an average salary of $49,900 during the early years of their career.

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Adult learners and other non-traditional students will be in good company if they decide to attend Chaminade University of Honolulu. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii list. Chaminade University of Honolulu is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 362 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The school charges $868 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Chaminade University of Honolulu make an average of $38,400 a year.

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Adult learners and other non-traditional students will be in good company if they decide to attend Brigham Young University - Hawaii. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii list. Located in Laie, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $238. 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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University of Hawaii at Hilo did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii ranking, coming in at #6. University of Hawaii at Hilo is a small public school located in Hilo, Hawaii that handed out 774 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $306 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UH Hilo go into careers with an average salary of $37,900 during the early years of their career.

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#7

Kapiolani Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii

Kapiolani Community College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii list.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $131. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $37,200 a year.

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#8

Leeward Community College

Pearl City, Hawaii

Leeward Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii ranking, coming in at #8.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $131 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Leeward CC go into careers with an average salary of $33,200 during the early years of their career.

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Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu Community College ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii list.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $131. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Honolulu CC go into careers with an average salary of $35,700 during the early years of their career.

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Kauai Community College

Lihue, Hawaii

Kauai Community College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii ranking.

The school charges $131 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. 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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With a ranking of #11, University of Hawaii Maui College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii list. Kahului, Hawaii is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 19 students in 2018-2019.

The school charges $131 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from UH Maui College make an average of $29,900 a year.

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#12

Windward Community College

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Windward Community College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii ranking.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $131 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $29,600 a year.

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Hawaii Community College

Hilo, Hawaii

Hawaii Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Hawaii ranking, coming in at #13.

The school charges $131 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from Hawaii CC make an average of $26,600 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 13 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%.

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