Best colleges in Hawaii

Education in Paradise

It’s normal to wear a lei at graduation

It’s not exactly difficult to convince someone to vacation in Hawaii. But what many people may not realize is the strong educational system unique to the islands. Hawaii has 6 two-year institutions, 4 four-year institutions, and 6 non-profit schools, offering hundreds of degrees. Most students opt to attend school in or around Honolulu, as it is busiest with locals and tourists alike. However, for those looking for a more tucked away experience, Kauai offers opportunities at its local community college. Students come from all over the world to The Aloha state for special educational focuses like acupuncture and Oriental medicine. But, the more common majors are still readily available, with popular choices being business and hospitality & tourism management. Post-graduation in Hawaii is positive, and many jobs are available with reputable corporations including Dole Food, Big Island Air, and plenty of resorts and restaurant chains.

Regardless of whether you’re looking to major in business administration or Eastern medicine, Hawaii has plenty of options when it’s time to put down the books and let down your hair.* On the big island, you will find world famous beaches and surf, plenty of fresh fruit, and multiple dance spots including Lulu’s and Masquerade. Or island hop from Honolulu over to the smaller Kauai where the town of Lihue is always shaking with live music, dance performances and great eats. Hawaii may be known for vacations, but the locals are just as happy calling it home. Mahalo.

*Wikipedia, “List of colleges and universities in Hawaii” *www.gohawaii.com

Best Four Year Universities in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa offers 239 degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 4,236 students graduated with students earning 2,932 Bachelor's degrees, 831 Master's degrees, 393 Doctoral degrees, and 80 Certificates.

University of Hawaii at Hilo offers 48 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 810 students graduated with students earning 689 Bachelor's degrees, 86 Doctoral degrees, and 35 Master's degrees.

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Chaminade University of Honolulu offers 73 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 590 students graduated with students earning 347 Bachelor's degrees, 200 Master's degrees, and 43 Associate's degrees.

Brigham Young University-Hawaii offers 75 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 697 students graduated with students earning 597 Bachelor's degrees, 88 Associate's degrees, and 12 Certificates.

University of Hawaii-West Oahu offers 9 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 605 students graduated with students earning 605 Bachelor's degrees.

Hawaii Pacific University offers 105 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 862 students graduated with students earning 583 Bachelor's degrees, 199 Master's degrees, 65 Associate's degrees, and 15 Certificates.

Pacific Rim Christian University offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 33 students graduated with students earning 22 Bachelor's degrees, 8 Associate's degrees, and 3 Master's degrees.

Remington College-Honolulu Campus offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 73 students graduated with students earning 39 Associate's degrees, 28 Certificates, and 6 Bachelor's degrees.

University of Hawaii Maui College offers 45 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 664 students graduated with students earning 472 Associate's degrees, 173 Certificates, and 19 Bachelor's degrees.

University of Phoenix-Hawaii offers 45 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 197 students graduated with students earning 122 Bachelor's degrees, 48 Certificates, and 27 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Hawaii

Hawaii Medical College
Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Medical College offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 240 students graduated with students earning 184 Certificates, and 56 Associate's degrees.

Kauai Community College offers 33 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 262 students graduated with students earning 143 Associate's degrees, and 119 Certificates.

Hawaii Community College offers 45 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a remote town. In 2019, 571 students graduated with students earning 395 Associate's degrees, and 176 Certificates.

Kapiolani Community College offers 38 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 1,145 students graduated with students earning 912 Associate's degrees, and 233 Certificates.

Windward Community College offers 7 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 304 students graduated with students earning 263 Associate's degrees, and 41 Certificates.

Honolulu Community College offers 46 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 860 students graduated with students earning 576 Associate's degrees, and 284 Certificates.

Leeward Community College
Pearl City, HI

Leeward Community College offers 33 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,071 students graduated with students earning 801 Associate's degrees, and 270 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Hawaii

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Hawaii at Manoa Logo University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
3/5
17 : 1 17,490
University of Hawaii at Hilo Logo University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo, HI
2/5
17 : 1 3,372
Chaminade University of Honolulu Logo Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, HI
5/5
24 : 1 2,167
Paul Mitchell the School-Honolulu Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Honolulu Honolulu, HI     142
IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage Logo IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage Kahului, HI     52
Brigham Young University-Hawaii Logo Brigham Young University-Hawaii Laie, HI
2/5
24 : 1 3,096
University of Hawaii-West Oahu Logo University of Hawaii-West Oahu Kapolei, HI
2/5
36 : 1 3,049
Hawaii Medical College Logo Hawaii Medical College Honolulu, HI
5/5
39 : 1 626
Hawaii Pacific University Logo Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu, HI
5/5
29 : 1 4,170
Pacific Rim Christian University Logo Pacific Rim Christian University Honolulu, HI
3/5
  145
Remington College-Honolulu Campus Logo Remington College-Honolulu Campus Honolulu, HI
4/5
1 : 1 22
Hawaii Institute of Hair Design Logo Hawaii Institute of Hair Design Honolulu, HI     58
Kauai Community College Logo Kauai Community College Lihue, HI
2/5
25 : 1 1,373
Hawaii Community College Logo Hawaii Community College Hilo, HI
2/5
30 : 1 2,615
Kapiolani Community College Logo Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
2/5
38 : 1 6,488
Windward Community College Logo Windward Community College Kaneohe, HI
2/5
43 : 1 2,520
Honolulu Community College Logo Honolulu Community College Honolulu, HI
2/5
35 : 1 3,510
Leeward Community College Logo Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
2/5
45 : 1 6,568
University of Hawaii Maui College Logo University of Hawaii Maui College Kahului, HI
2/5
41 : 1 2,992
University of Phoenix-Hawaii Logo University of Phoenix-Hawaii Honolulu, HI
3/5
  197

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