Hawaii Colleges

While the Hawaiian Island chain is made up of hundreds of islands, most of the 25 plus colleges in Hawaii are found in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. That said, Maui, The Big Island, Kauai and the rest of the eight main islands have community colleges and other schools and universities as well. The University of Hawaii System oversees three universities, two on Oahu and on one the Big Island; along with seven community colleges. The group also serves as the State Board for Career and Technical Education. The private universities of Hawaii include Brigham Young University, Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu and University of the Nations. Hawaii Pacific University and University of Hawaii, Manoa are two top ranked public schools in the state, having been named among the best colleges in the West.

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Hawaii College and Degree Offerings

Even though the number of colleges in Hawaii is low, the degree options are vast. The University of Hawaii - Manoa for example has 87 bachelors degree and 87 masters degree programs available including Psychology, Liberal Arts and Science/Liberal Studies and Business Administration and Management. On the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii boasts a selection of specialized colleges that focus on specific degrees such as Golf Academy of Hawaii, Institute of Clinical Acupuncture & Oriental Med and Mauna Loa Helicopters. If you’re looking for colleges in Hawaii outside of Oahu, consider one of the many community colleges and 2-year career training schools located throughout the island chain. You’ll find a wide range of technology and vocational degrees and certificate programs to choose from.

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Hawaii Career Opportunities

As you might imagine careers in Tourism & Travel Management, Resort Management and Hospitality Management are plentiful in the Aloha State, and both the top universities and career colleges like the Travel Institute of the Pacific can prepare you for a successful career. However, you can find other opportunities on the islands after attending one of the Hawaii colleges, too. If you don’t let the miles of brilliant beaches distract you from studying, dedicated entrepreneurs can take advantage of Hawaii’s booming travel market as well from running a beachside adventure tour company to developing a luxury hotel and spa. Consider a degree in General Business to get you started. If supporting another's business is more your style, try an Advertising or Accounting & Related Services degree. Careers in Skilled Trades such as Welding Technology/Welder are also growing on the islands. Several technical schools and career colleges in Hawaii can prepare you to work in the field. And with the Pacific Ocean surrounding the state, careers involving the marine industry are smart to pursue. Ship engineers, marine oilers, marine engineers, naval architects and even motorboat operators are in demand.

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