About University of Hawaii at Hilo

Founded in 1970, University of Hawaii at Hilo. is a Public college. Located in Hawaii, which is a city setting in Hawaii, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 3,075 full time undergraduate students, and 591 full time graduate students.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 210 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Hawaii at Hilo include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate69%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range860-1070
ACT Range18-24

Admissions at UHH are considered Selective, with ,17% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 23 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

88% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 53% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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

“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”

University of Hawaii at Hilo REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    53 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    49 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    62 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    61 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    62 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    62 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    63 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    62 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Hawaii at Hilo?

40 Students rated University of Hawaii at Hilo

Kion - 01/14/2021

One of today's most diverse colleges is the University of Hawaii at Hilo. There are many foreign students who pass it, not including the number of locals who go to Hilo University of Hawaii. UH Hilo is a huge campus, and the people in Hilo are very nice. On their given office hours, professors are accessible or available and ensure that each student understands the principle of each given topic.

Pakalani - 12/28/2020

UH Hilo is located on the East side of Hawaii Island, so it rains a lot (bring an umbrella). It's good to have a reliable vehicle to get you from point A to point B, especially if you need groceries etc. Hilo is a peaceful place, full of nature and birds chirping. It's good to be involved with any clubs or events that are happening on campus.

jadee - 07/31/2020

I think it is a pretty good school if anyone is looking for a change compared to home. It has a really good atmosphere and is rich with culture and diversity since it is Hawai’i after all. There are always opportunities to grow as a person and your knowledge.


Although the school is not a very city like and crowded campus, it has a home-touch to it. Every is friendly and you get along with everyone. The professors help to make this campus a great experience as well. It is in a beautiful state and there is always the outdoors to help you take any breaks you need. Overall, this small university can leave you with some great friends and memories.

University of Hawaii at Hilo FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Hawaii at Hilo?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Hawaii at Hilo is 69%. 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?

    If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to not be afraid to take a leap of faith. Don't limit yourself to what you already know, but go out and explore the things you always wondered about. Realize your passions early and go out and fulfil them as soon as you can. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing better than you, just do your best and have fun doing it. Don't restrict yourself from reaching your fullest potential for the benefit of someone else. Make sure that everything you are doing makes you happy. If you hate your job, find a new one. If you hate your classes, take a different one. Don't waste your time being miserable by doing something to make someone else happy. This is your life! Make friends, make enemies, but whatever you decide to do, make sure you're satisfied in doing it. Take advantage of every opportunity you are given, trust your instincts, and make sure you know that you are responsible for every decision you make. "You're young and you're healthy, so the world is your oyster"

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

    I would say the most frustrating thing about my school is the parking. Our school does have a lot of available parking, but it is quickly taken by the numerous drivers who come to school. I have experienced driving around in an assigned parking lot waiting for somebody to leave so I can take that parking stall. We can't park in any other parking zones because we would get fined. The other parking zones where I'm allowed to park at is too far from my classes.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    I'd describe my fellow classmates as smart and knowing what they want to go after in life.

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    In my honest opinion, UH Hilo is an institution for anyone. The campus is very welcoming and everyone is very helpful and care a lot about their students. It offers a lot of unique programs that you may not always find at similar institues, even including other University of Hawaii campuses. If you are interested in any kind of agricultural courses or even Native Hawaiian cultural practices, UH Hilo has so much to offer. It's a great school with many great resources to foster learning for everyone.

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

    Hilo University is great in many ways. The compound is neat and the campus area are mostly being care by garderners and workers. The teacher and councelor are really helping in helping registered for my course. The financial aid and business office are really fast in processing their works. The cafe on the other hand have expensive food. The book store even sell book the make up to $100- $200 dollars.

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  7. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    University of Hawaii- HIlo is known all over th world for the astronomy program due to the world famouse telescopes on the mountain of Mauna Kea. However, most students attending are here for the very prestigious marine science program.

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

    How bad the food was

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

    I love how small and close everything is here in Hilo and on this campus. When my friends and family ask about living in Hilo and going to school in Hawaii I can only mention great things. You can walk up and down campus and always see people you know that will always say "hi" to you. Not to mention the beautiful surroundings. Being able to go to the beach whenever it is not raining in hilo, is such a priviledge. I have known people to love it or hate it here and i love it.

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

    For me I would have to say the location. Although Hilo was a larger city so there was the mall and government was located on that side of the island, I would have preferred the University of Hawaii to be located in Kona. The weather is nicer, the water is nicer for marine biology life and the atmosphere in general was much nicer. Other than that, I loved the school

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

    If you don't want to major in marine science don't attend this school it is the only well funded department and has the only good caring faculty. If you don't like lazy staff and constant partying you shouldn't attend this school.

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  12. What's unique about your campus?

    The diversity amongst students, the low faculty to student ratio. The availability of the professors and the school's strides to advance as a center of education.

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

    The University of Hawaii Hilo has a variety of students attending. There are people from all walks of life. The school is big but also small enough so that you are able to speak to your instructor and they are able to speak to you and know you by name. The workout gym is fantastic with a swimming pool and the workout area facing the swimming pool. It's a culturally diverse campus and it's amazing what kinds of people you are able to meet here. It's awesome I love it.

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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.

82% of students attending University of Hawaii at Hilo receive some sort of financial aid. 48% were awarded federal grants. While 42% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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