Best Colleges in Hawaii

Education in Paradise

It’s normal to wear a lei at graduation

It’s not exactly difficult to convince someone to vacation in Hawaii. But what many people may not realize is the strong educational system unique to the islands. Hawaii has 6 two-year institutions, 4 four-year institutions, and 6 non-profit schools, offering hundreds of degrees. Most students opt to attend school in or around Honolulu, as it is busiest with locals and tourists alike. However, for those looking for a more tucked away experience, Kauai offers opportunities at its local community college. Students come from all over the world to The Aloha state for special educational focuses like acupuncture and Oriental medicine. But, the more common majors are still readily available, with popular choices being business and hospitality & tourism management. Post-graduation in Hawaii is positive, and many jobs are available with reputable corporations including Dole Food, Big Island Air, and plenty of resorts and restaurant chains.

Regardless of whether you’re looking to major in business administration or Eastern medicine, Hawaii has plenty of options when it’s time to put down the books and let down your hair.* On the big island, you will find world famous beaches and surf, plenty of fresh fruit, and multiple dance spots including Lulu’s and Masquerade. Or island hop from Honolulu over to the smaller Kauai where the town of Lihue is always shaking with live music, dance performances and great eats. Hawaii may be known for vacations, but the locals are just as happy calling it home. Mahalo.

*Wikipedia, “List of colleges and universities in Hawaii” *www.gohawaii.com

Best Four Year Universities in Hawaii

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Brigham Young University-Hawaii Laie, HI

Brigham Young University-Hawaii offers 126 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying town. In 2015, 903 students graduated with students earning 736 Bachelor's degrees, 135 Associate's degrees, and 32 Certificates degrees.

2 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI

University of Hawaii at Manoa offers 234 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 5,048 students graduated with students earning 3,467 Bachelor's degrees, 1,029 Master's degrees, 491 Doctoral degrees, and 61 Certificates degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
3 University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo, HI

University of Hawaii at Hilo offers 47 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a remote town. In 2015, 931 students graduated with students earning 749 Bachelor's degrees, 96 Doctoral degrees, and 86 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, HI

Chaminade University of Honolulu offers 67 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 782 students graduated with students earning 430 Bachelor's degrees, 239 Master's degrees, and 113 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Pacific University offers 191 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,552 students graduated with students earning 953 Bachelor's degrees, 397 Master's degrees, 124 Associate's degrees, and 78 Certificates degrees.

6 University of Hawaii-West Oahu Kapolei, HI

University of Hawaii-West Oahu offers 6 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 439 students graduated with students earning 439 Bachelor's degrees.

7 University of Hawaii Maui College Kahului, HI

University of Hawaii Maui College offers 42 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a small city. In 2015, 641 students graduated with students earning 478 Associate's degrees, 156 Certificates degrees, and 7 Bachelor's degrees.

8 Argosy University, Hawaii Honolulu, HI

Argosy University, Hawaii offers 38 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 211 students graduated with students earning 93 Master's degrees, 69 Bachelor's degrees, 45 Doctoral degrees, 4 Associate's degrees.

9 Pacific Rim Christian University Honolulu, HI

Pacific Rim Christian University offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 29 students graduated with students earning 16 Bachelor's degrees, 9 Associate's degrees, and 4 Master's degrees.

10 Remington College-Honolulu Campus Honolulu, HI

Remington College-Honolulu Campus offers 10 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 317 students graduated with students earning 150 Associate's degrees, 113 Certificates degrees, and 54 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Hawaii

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI

Kapiolani Community College offers 41 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,421 students graduated with students earning 1,125 Associate's degrees, and 296 Certificates degrees.

2 Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI

Leeward Community College offers 24 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,069 students graduated with students earning 967 Associate's degrees, and 102 Certificates degrees.

3 Hawaii Community College Hilo, HI

Hawaii Community College offers 43 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 576 students graduated with students earning 486 Associate's degrees, and 90 Certificates degrees.

4 Windward Community College Kaneohe, HI

Windward Community College offers 6 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 369 students graduated with students earning 309 Associate's degrees, and 60 Certificates degrees.

5 Honolulu Community College Honolulu, HI

Honolulu Community College offers 51 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 758 students graduated with students earning 519 Associate's degrees, and 239 Certificates degrees.

6 Kauai Community College Lihue, HI

Kauai Community College offers 22 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 292 students graduated with students earning 187 Associate's degrees, and 105 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Brigham Young University-Hawaii Brigham Young University-Hawaii Laie, HI
2/5
17 : 1 2,718
University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
3/5
14 : 1 18,865
University of Hawaii at Hilo University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo, HI
2/5
16 : 1 3,829
Chaminade University of Honolulu Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, HI
4/5
24 : 1 2,466
Hawaii Pacific University Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu, HI
4/5
22 : 1 4,781
University of Hawaii-West Oahu University of Hawaii-West Oahu Kapolei, HI
2/5
27 : 1 2,692
Kapiolani Community College Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI
2/5
31 : 1 7,816
Leeward Community College Leeward Community College Pearl City, HI
2/5
39 : 1 7,535
Hawaii Community College Hawaii Community College Hilo, HI
2/5
25 : 1 3,087
University of Hawaii Maui College University of Hawaii Maui College Kahului, HI
2/5
28 : 1 3,593
Windward Community College Windward Community College Kaneohe, HI
2/5
41 : 1 2,610
Honolulu Community College Honolulu Community College Honolulu, HI
2/5
28 : 1 4,328
Argosy University, Hawaii Argosy University, Hawaii Honolulu, HI
3/5
38 : 1 1,008
Pacific Rim Christian University Pacific Rim Christian University Honolulu, HI
3/5
15 : 1 117
Travel Institute of the Pacific Travel Institute of the Pacific Honolulu, HI 15 : 1 71
University Logo Hawaii Institute of Hair Design Honolulu, HI 20 : 1 79
Kauai Community College Kauai Community College Lihue, HI
2/5
22 : 1 1,401
Remington College-Honolulu Campus Remington College-Honolulu Campus Honolulu, HI
4/5
22 : 1 463
Med-Assist School of Hawaii Inc Med-Assist School of Hawaii Inc Honolulu, HI 10 : 1 55
Hawaii Medical College Hawaii Medical College Honolulu, HI
4/5
51 : 1 510
University of Phoenix-Hawaii University of Phoenix-Hawaii Honolulu, HI
3/5
27 : 1 1,416
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Honolulu Honolulu, HI 20 : 1 134
World Medicine Institute World Medicine Institute Honolulu, HI 7 : 1 41
Mauna Loa Helicopters Mauna Loa Helicopters Kailua Kona, HI 2 : 1 26
Institute of Clinical Acupuncture & Oriental Med Institute of Clinical Acupuncture & Oriental Med Honolulu, HI 14 : 1 55

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