University of Hawaii, Hilo (UH Hilo)

Hilo, HI

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University of Hawaii, Hilo Student Essentials

University of Hawaii, Hilo Student Essentials
Region: Alaska & Hawaii
Setting: Small Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Vulcans
Nickname: UH Hilo
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $6,184
Out-of-State Tuition: $17,776
Retention Rate: 70%
Enrollment: 4,851
Year Established: 1970

About UH Hilo

Why not get a bit of paradise while you’re in class? The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was founded in 1941 and offers a rigorous curriculum and an attractive faculty-to-student ratio, all in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Students of geology will benefit from the location of a nearby active volcano, while botany students can enjoy the tropical rainforest and the research opportunities it affords. The University of Hawaii is essentially a laboratory of environmental wonders and is a premiere spot for astronomy at the 12,000-foot Mauna Kea.

With students from the mainland and overseas, the diverse student body provides an extra level of cultural depth to the already fascinating setting.

In addition to the traditional undergraduate courses, U of H offers master’s programs in China-US Relations and Indigenous Language and Culture Education. University of Hawaii also boasts a new School of Pharmacy.

The undergraduate programs include programs in Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Business, Economics, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Geology, Geography, and Marine Science.

Current enrollment is in the thousands and on campus housing is available. Men’s and women’s sports include swimming, golf, tennis, baseball and soccer.

UH Hilo Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars 3 Reviews

67% of students gave University of Hawaii, Hilo 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

This is my first semester at UHH - so far it's been amazing. This is the first time that I've been away from my parents, family, friends & basically my homeland. When I first researched colleges, first thing that i looked for is the distance. I wanted to attend a good institution closer to home. The second thing that i looked at is the tuition. I am not from a well-off family so I wanted to enroll in a great institution with 'okay' tuition. What stood out to me the most of UHH is the atmosphere . Their university website provided so much insight. I was iles away and it was like i was there and i loved the environment. this is my first semester, by far... i still haven't gotten to know all the professors but i'm sure they are all pretty great people. I am currently pursuing a Bachelors in Administration of Justice . Secrets of getting around campus? I'm still trying to learn how to get myself around campus. Making new friends is the number one thing that`ll help you be more comfortable and fit into campus.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

The UHH campus has a lot of events and activities for students and spends hundreds of thousands on them. There is a Life Center that houses a full size pool, weight room, machines, and full locker room--all free to students. UHH may be the most diverse campus demographically and interacting with so many different cultures and generations is an education in itself. The grounds are beautiful and so are the views of Hilo Harbor from the hillside campus. All the classrooms are electronically wired, and the chairs in the classrooms are upscale swivel office chairs. We are regularly improving classes and bringing new programs, which makes campus life very interesting. We also have a video conference system that allows for students on both sides of the Big Island to take live classes from UH Manoa, the lead campus in the university system. The Hawaii Community College just down the street provides younger students with classes to prepare them for UHH and also to supplement their class options. We may be the only campus in America to have a student mediation center to resolve any student disputes and to teach the language of peace and leadership communication skills--all free! I have lived many places, and this world-class university in my own backyard is perhaps the best thing of all for me. I plan to stay through my masters and to teach there eventually.

UH Hilo Map & Location

University of Hawaii, Hilo
200 W Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720

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Getting Around UH Hilo


Very good walkability. We recommend walking in this area.



Seasonal average temperatures for Hilo, HI


UH Hilo Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 4,179
Freshman Class 668
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 4,851

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 10%
  • African American: 1%
  • Caucasian: 27%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 13%
  • Unknown and Other: 29%
Latino 10%
African American 1%
Caucasian 27%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 19%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 13%
Unknown and Other 29%

Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%
Full-Time 67%
Part-Time 33%
Women 59%
Men 41%
International 5%
Domestic 95%

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