About Kapiolani Community College

Founded in 1965, Kapiolani Community College. is a college. Located in Hawaii, which is a city setting in Hawaii, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 7,382 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Kapiolani Community College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 189 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Kapiolani Community College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at KCC are considered , with ,5% of all applicants being admitted.

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

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Kapiolani Community College.

“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”
Write a review, Enter to win $1,000 Scholarship
  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    13 Students rated on-campus housing 2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    12 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    18 Students rated campus food 3.9 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    18 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    18 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    18 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    18 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    18 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

Kapiolani Community College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Kapiolani Community College?

20 Students rated Kapiolani Community College

Maria Luisa - 02/28/2023

If you are a person who likes to be surrounded by nature, Kapiolani Community College is the way to go. The atmosphere in the campus is peaceful and relaxing because the location is near by the mountain we call "Diamond Head." It is one of the most recognized Hawaii landmark due to its cultural significance. If you try to go for a walk outside, you can also see the spectacular view of Waikiki and the beach. The view is breathtaking, especially during sunrise/sunset. Personally, I prefer studying outside their library because you can hear the ocean waves and it helps me to focus on my studies even more. Additionally, they offer a lot of opportunities not only to Hawaii residents, but also to foreign students. The faculty members as well as the professors are very welcoming towards to students and they will be happy to help if you're struggling in school, or life in general. They can help you financially or even mentally. Lastly, there's Starbucks inside the campus as well as bookstore where students can buy their books, school supplies, and uniforms at a very friendly price. The culinary students also serve appetizing meals during lunch and there's a food truck near campus if you prefer bentos or packed lunch. Overall, I will highly recommend going to Kapiolani Community College as it is ranked as #1 for online associates & community college education in Hawai'i and #4 best online community college in the nation. Even if it's only a community college, I believe that I get the same education as the students who attend a university. PLUS, the tuition and fees is way cheaper so you can save a lot of money while assuring that you are receiving a high quality education.

Sisilia - 06/02/2020

There is no other campus more willing to help students achieve their academic goal like Kapiolani Community College. They are so engaged with the students, each department helps mold and teach the students their study of major for their future careers.

Tasha - 01/09/2020

I admit I was nervous first to attend. But I have grown to like my campus a lot. I have found the staff very welcoming, helpful and friendly. Personally I had so many questions before attending and I haven't had anyone not want to help me. I feel generally safe at the campus with lots of security and people who care to step in if someone is in need of help.

Kaitlyn-Amanda - 11/16/2019

Great college to go and nice people including the professors.

Kapiolani Community College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Kapiolani Community College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Kapiolani Community College is 100%. 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 find this essay question rather hysterical because in my little spare time I often think about this. There is a long list of things I advice I would give myself as a high school senior on what to expect and prepare for in college life. The main piece of advice that always comes to mind is to learn how to take thorough notes during lectures. It is impossible to take notes word for word as the professor is speaking. When I try writing the notes in a shorter form, I often find the notes to be unclear and confusing. I have confidence that I will become much better at this as time goes on. However if I would have been better at this a high school senior, I would have a head start in my college career.

    Read all  10 answers
  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the teachers and students. The teachers beacause they are so understanding and mdthods of teaching are great. They work really hard and should be recognized for it. The students because there is such a huge diversity of students, and so many new friends I can make. And everyone is so nice, it's great.

    Read all  3 answers
  4. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Anyone is able to attend this college. It does not matter if a person is bad in school because the professors and counslers are there to help them reach their goals. Also, there are many tutors on campus that are glad to help.

    Read all  3 answers
  5. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I moved from to minnesota to go to college here in Hawaii. I am sure that you know the weather in minnesota is currently undesirable at best. This being the case, I try my very best not to "brag" about my college experience in hawaii. I do inform them how great all of my professors are, and how my awesome professors do a great job of teaching me subjects of studies I once struggled with. I also tell them that my college has a beautiful campus that is a peaceful enviroment that is great to learn in.

    Read all  3 answers
  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Kapiolani Community College is a diverse campus with many resources available for students to use such as computers, tutors, labs, peer mentors, on campus jobs, etc.

    Read all  2 answers
  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Kapiolani Community College is a beautiful campus. The breath-taking views make walking between class a calming experience (especially before a big exam!). The instructors at this school are from their actual field of study, and are incredibly knowledgeable. They have been on the routes before, therefore they know what is important and relevant.

    Read all  2 answers
  8. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is the distance I have to travel. It's far away from where I live and it takes me about an hour and a half to get there. I have to catch the bus everyday because if I was to drive it would be a waste on gas. I don't have money to pay for gas so the bus is my only alternative.

    Read all  2 answers
  9. Describe the students at your school.

    They are from all over the world.

    Read all  1 answers
  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    KCC is best known for its culinary and nursing field. It is the home for Culinary Institute of the Pacific, where they have their own resturant on campus and residence & students are able to go there. Even though it is a 2 year college, they offer an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing). This is very good because after we recieve that certificate we are able to go to a 4 year university and work at the same time.

    Read all  1 answers
  11. What are the academics like at your school?

    My favorite class right now would be my speech class because that is the first class that i actually got to meet new people and be more social. My least favorite class would be my History 151 class because i don't really like just sitting and listening to lectures. I am more a hands on person. Class participation is always required in all classes that i have been in. Yes, all the students that our in my major are very competitive. My major is culinary and i really enjoy being in this field because the instructors are very well known and helpfully. outside of class i try to help out at events with the instructors to advance in my skills.

    Read all  1 answers
  12. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    To be honest i don't really know of any clubs on campus. I don't think we have any clubs on our campus. i don't see a lot of couples on campus. I meet my closest friends through some of the classes i took last semester. i don't think people part at my school because we are a community college. The things i do off campus is work and go shopping.

    Read all  1 answers
  13. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    After thinking about all the schools that i would want to go to i kept going back to KCC because they have a great culinary program. I think our school is kind of too small for my taste because its a college and when i think of college i think of a big campus. When i tell people about the school i go to they always wonder why i choose this school and i would tell them that i am there because i am a culinary major. The most frequent student complaint that i have heard was that we don't hold that much activities, like all we do is go to school and go home or work. They talk about bonding and being more social.

    Read all  1 answers
  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Most of the kids my age are FOB's (fresh off the boat) like Asians. So i guess you can say the stereotypes is Geeks.

    Read all  1 answers
  15. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Before I came to college, I wish that I had known how difficult it could be. I wish that I had more guidance in figuring out what I wanted to do before I just started taking random classes. I felt like that really set me back, because I was taking classes that I thought were helpful, but in actually are not for my intended major.

    Read all  1 answers
  16. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    For myself the worst thing about school is the distance. I reside in Waipahu, so KCC is a long journey. So getting to school is quite an adventure for me, because I choose to take the city bus. It takes almost 2 hrs to get to school and 2 busses to get to KCC.

    Read all  1 answers

Student Body







Total Undergrad Enrollment


Total Grad Students









Student Organizations







On-Campus Housing


of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
% Asian/Pacific Islander
% Black or African-American
% Hispanic/Latino
% White or Caucasian


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.

53% of students attending Kapiolani Community College receive some sort of financial aid. 35% were awarded federal grants. While 13% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State


Tuition and fees(Out of state)


Books and Supplies


Room and Board


Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
$0 - $30K
$30 - $48K
$48 - $75K
$75 - $110K
$110K & UP

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.


Find your perfect match from over 3 million scholarships!


CAN YOU GET INTO Kapiolani Community College?

Complete your profile to see if this school is a fit for you, and what your chances of admitance are.