University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-7414
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The University of Hawaii at Hilo was established in 1947 as a program from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The program became its own university as part of the University of Hawaii System in 1970. The University of Hawaii System was established in 1907 under the U.S. land grant legislation with the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts in Honolulu. The founding campus was renamed the College of Hawaii in 1912. The University of Hawaii at Hilo serves 4,139 students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Programs Offered

The University of Hawaii at Hilo offers several programs through six colleges — the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management; the College of Arts and Science; the College of Business and Economics; the College of Hawaiian Language; the College of Pharmacy; and the College of Continuing Education and Community Service. These schools offer several bachelor’s degree programs, including: administration of justice, art, astronomy, biology, chemistry, communication, economics, English, geography, Hawaiian studies, kinesiology, nursing, physics, and sociology. Master’s degree programs are offered in areas including: China-U.S. relations, clinical psychopharmacology, education, Hawaiian language and literature, teaching, and tropical conservation biology and environmental science. Doctoral degrees are available in indigenous language and culture revitalization, nursing practice, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacy. The University of Hawaii at Hilo also offers online degree programs in business administration, nursing practice, nursing, psychology, Kahuawaiola indigenous teacher education, and indigenous language and culture education.


The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has accredited the University of Hawaii at Hilo since 1976.


Admissions requires prospective students to submit SAT or ACT scores to be used if the student’s GPA is below 3.0. Admissions also requires 17 high school units including four English units, three units of math, three units of natural sciences, and seven units of college preparatory electives. Students must also submit an official high school transcript, a University of Hawaii Application Form, and a $50 application fee.


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