Where to Start Looking to Find a College in Hawaii
Students looking for colleges in Hawaii should start with the StepUp website sponsored by the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. This is a comprehensive college planning website with the usual timelines, application tips, and information on financial aid. The site doesn’t have its own college search function, instead it links to the College Board.
The unique elements of the website are the UH College Application Tutorial and event calendar with actual events–a lot of websites don’t keep their calendars up to date. Users can also find information on special programs such as Health Careers Opportunities Program and Engineering Summer High School Internship Program.
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Students should also visit the Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships website. You have to register to search and apply for scholarships. While there isn’t one website covering transferring from a community college to a four-year institution, you can get information on transferring to the UH system at the University of Hawaii System website.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are eight four-year institutions with 500 or more full-time undergraduates in Hawaii according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 34 percent of students attend one of the four private colleges while 66 percent of students attend one of the four public institutions.
The private colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 38.2% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 35.5 percent. One school meets the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in Hawaii was 478 for Critical Reading and 500 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 550 for Critical Reading and 570 for Math. Of the schools that reported SAT scores, two colleges had 75th percentile scores equal to or higher than the state in both categories.
The top 20 colleges SAT test takers in Hawaii applied to:
- University of Hawaii at Manoa
- University of Hawaii at Hilo
- Hawaii Pacific University
- University of Portland
- University of Oregon
- University of Washington
- Oregon State University
- Chaminade University of Honolulu
- University of Southern California
- Seattle University
List of Colleges in Hawaii
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in the fall of 2012 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Brigham Young University-Hawaii Private 2586 28 29 580 580 26 12900
Chaminade University of Honolulu Private 1666 25 90 510 510 22 18430
Hawaii Pacific University Private 3656 22 71 540 540 24 18852
Remington College-Honolulu Campus Private 657 78 69 19420
University of Hawaii at Hilo Public 2822 28 71 540 540 24 8079
University of Hawaii at Manoa Public 11634 41 71 580 580 25 10484
University of Hawaii Maui College Public 1681 6674
University of Hawaii-West Oahu Public 500 74 500 500 22 5031