About Hawaii Pacific University

Founded in 1965, Hawaii Pacific University. is a Private college. Located in Hawaii, which is a city setting in Hawaii, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 3,436 full time undergraduate students, and 645 full time graduate students.

The Hawaii Pacific University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 152 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Hawaii Pacific University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate75%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at HPU are considered Less Selective, with ,32% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

84% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 50% were in the top quarter, and 20% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Hawaii Pacific University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Hawaii Pacific University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    67 Students rated on-campus housing 2.9 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    57 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    80 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    89 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    89 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    88 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    88 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    88 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Hawaii Pacific University?

33 Students rated Hawaii Pacific University

Lisa - 01/04/2021

It's a culturally diversed school with small classroom sizes. Students can be from any part of the world,and faculty is of mixed races. The downtown campus is surrounded by eateries and small shops. Transportation was convenient. If only the school tuition could be over,the overall experience would be great.

Davan - 04/16/2020

It is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen. I went on a virtual tour and as I walked through I knew it was the place for me. The students who I spoke to and the one professor were incredible engaging and helpful. They really seemed to love what they did and the decision to choose HPU.

Quixara - 12/18/2019

Hawaii Pacific University is a very small school. Some may feel that it might be a little too expensive but its all worth it. There are small classroom sizes so every professor gets to know there student very well, which can be beneficial to the student. Although there is no football team there is a basket ball team and other cool sports to be part of and support. And all in all it is a wonderful place to study with all the nice beaches and culture that the island has to offer. I would highly recommend this University to future graduating classes to apply and attend. It’s an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss ! Go sharks !

Selena - 08/22/2019

Hawaii Pacific University is unlike any other school. It's in no way a traditional campus which is what I love about it. There's always something to do or see and students are extremely friendly and sociable. Not only are the views beautiful, but class sizes are small and intimate. Meaning professors know your name and you actually know your classmates.

Hawaii Pacific University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Hawaii Pacific University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Hawaii Pacific University is 75%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to be organized, collected, and confident. I would make sure that I was dedicated, and tell myself that no matter how hard it may get, no matter how many late nights I will spend drilling myself on science and history, no matter how many times I throw my pen across the room in frustration because I can not figure out the math problem, no matter the tears and the discouragement, I would tell myself that it will be all worthwhile, and to keep going. I would encourage myself to learn what helps me to study the best early, so that I would be prepared and not waste time trying to figure it out. My high school self would need to know that even though I would be making the transition to a new place, I would find friends and have experiences that I would never regret or forget. Above all else, I would tell myself to wake up each morning determined to do my best, and to look forward to each experience that would come my way. Dont go to school with a bad attitude, and you will learn so much more.

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  3. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is looking for a great personal life experience while attending school.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school has very friendly and kind attitude to all its students.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Don't trust the academic advisors that create your career path, they may not know or care about the real truth.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There is nothing I have against this school other than it was not my first choice to attend

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  7. Describe the students at your school.

    "Ohana" means family in hawaiian and that is the best I can help envision my classmates.

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  8. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing at Hawaii Pacific University is that the pluses and minuses are weighted for the grading process. So if you recieve all A's and an A- you will not receive a 4.0 GPA. Also in some courses where the pre-resiquite is an A, an A- does not count. Not all teachers grade using this though. Some do not use the weighted plus and minuses. I did not know this going into the college and I wish I would have been informed.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is that the classes are small. Students can get the one on one attention they need from the instructors. With small classes, students can focus more in classes. Having smaller classes also helps those students who might need extra help in the class. The instructors knows the student which makes it easier for student to seek the needed help.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People with bad attitudes should not attend this college. The locals are very friendly but just don't be ignorant because they will get angry. Trouble makers should not attend as well. Don't waste people's time and money if you?re going to act like a fool.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    My school has one of the top nursing programs in the nation. Our cheerleading team came has placed in nationals along with our dance team for the past five years. Our student body president for our psychology program was the top psychology student in the nation. The class size is at the maximum of thirty which makes it good for one on one with the teacher. My school is in Hawaii!

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    We are known for our nursing programs and classes because our professors take their jobs seriously to educate us with the knowledge they know. Also, the nursing progam is one of the best in Hawaii because there's a lot of things we can practice on and we get a lot of hands on training.

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  13. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Compared to other schools I considered, Hawaii Pacific University has very small class sizes as well as a very culterally diverse student body. The professors genuinely care about the students and tghe Nursing program there is well known.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Professors are engaging, accessable, and inviting in and outside the classroom. They are also understanding recognizing their roles as facilitators and mediators of the international perspectives that come to HPU.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Amazingly diverse, the student body is so mixed up with people from all over the world that even though I am from Hawai'i since birth, I sometimes feel like a minority in my classes. But this is great because it gives me the feeling and experience of having gone away for college but in reality I haven't gone anywhere.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I'm not sure if there is one because our student body is so diverse, there can't be one particular statement or claim to be made about all the students that go to HPU. We have basically any ethnicity one can imagine, along with a variety of financial backgrounds, religions, etc. It's really close to impossible for someone to make an umbrella statement about all the students of HPU.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

95% of students attending Hawaii Pacific University receive some sort of financial aid. 36% were awarded federal grants. While 64% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$110K & UP

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