Hawaii Pacific University

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800, Honolulu, HI 96813
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 544-0200
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii, was established as Hawaii Pacific College in 1965 by a charter of incorporation for a not-for-profit corporation. The institution merged with Honolulu Christian College in 1966. The school became Hawaii Pacific University in 1990. U.S. News & World Report ranks Hawaii Pacific University No. 81 in Regional Universities (West) in its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. Hawaii Pacific serves 8,071 students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Bloomberg Businessweek called Hawaii Pacific the “Best Return on Investment of any Undergraduate Degree in Hawaii” in 2010, according to the HPU website.

Programs Offered

Hawaii Pacific University offers programs through 16 departments and schools, including arts and humanities, communication, education, English, financial economics and information systems, history, natural sciences, nursing, psychology, and social work. Undergraduate majors include: accounting, advertising, anthropology, chemistry, education, economics, English, finance, history, journalism, management, psychology, theater, and travel industry management. Graduate programs are available in areas including: business administration, clinical mental health counseling, communication, diplomacy and military studies, education, information systems, and marine science. Online certificate programs are available in several areas, including consulting, decision science, electronic commerce, information systems, insurance, mediation and conflict, and telecommunications security. Hawaii Pacific also offers adult learner undergraduate and graduate degrees online.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges has accredited Hawaii Pacific University since 1973.


Prospective Hawaii Pacific University students must submit an official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and a personal statement. Letters of recommendation are not required but may be submitted to admissions as well. Prospective marine biology, oceanography, and environmental science majors must meet advanced admissions requirements, including biology, chemistry, and trigonometry course work at the high school level with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. HPU has a priority deadline of March 1 for the fall semester, though applications are reviewed year-round on a rolling basis.


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