Top 2020 Colleges in Hawaii

Hawaii's 23 Colleges and Universities

Most of the colleges in Hawaii are in the north west area, close to Honolulu. Like most other states, schools range from four year colleges to vocational schools. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Aloha State:

  • Hawaii is home to 11 four year colleges. The majority of them, 8, offer masters or doctorate programs in addition to undergraduate degrees.
  • There are 12 two year or less colleges. Half of them are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years Hawaii colleges have seen one of the largest drops in students at 18.3%. In 2017, 64,125 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 13,534 degrees awarded for the 2016 school year. Half of those awards were bachelor degrees.

Salary Breakdown

College Scorecard tells us alums from the Hawaii Pacific University earn among the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum earns $49,900. Meanwhile, the 2018 mean annual wage earned in Hawaii is $52,900. You do the math!

Hawaii's Tuition Programs

Like other states, Hawaii offers easy transfers within it's state system. Students who complete a degree at a public 2 year college can transfer to UH Manoa, UH Hilo, or UH West Oahu.  Upon transferring, students will earn a junior standing at the public four year college.

Hawaii is also a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This program allows students to pursue degrees in one of 15 Western states at an in state tuition rate. According to WICHE, Hawaii students have saved over $271 million out of state tuition since 1988. In 2018 that number was $24.9 million! Participating states include Utah and Nevada.

Top Colleges in Hawaii

Top Hawaii colleges were ranked by total student population.

#1
17,710 Total Number of Students
$11,970 / $34,002 Tuition & Fees
84% Acceptance Rate
#2
6,899 Total Number of Students
$3,144 / $8,280 Tuition & Fees
Open Acceptance Rate
#3
6,709 Total Number of Students
$3,144 / $8,280 Tuition & Fees
Open Acceptance Rate
#4
4,086 Total Number of Students
$25,550 Tuition & Fees
75% Acceptance Rate
#5
3,541 Total Number of Students
$3,114 / $8,250 Tuition & Fees
Open Acceptance Rate

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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