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Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hawaii Pacific University overview
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Online hpu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Hawaii Pacific University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), located in Honolulu, is a private institution that combines the benefits of a liberal arts college with a diverse range of professional programs. Established in 1965, HPU has grown to embrace a multicultural student body and a distinctive urban and oceanic educational environment. The university's main campus is set in downtown Honolulu with several satellite locations, including a picturesque oceanfront campus at Makapu'u Point, emphasizing its unique island setting. HPU offers undergraduate and graduate programs across a range of disciplines, with notable strengths in marine biology, nursing, and international business. The application process at Hawaii Pacific University is considered moderately selective. While HPU does not boast a widely recognized athletic program, it provides student housing options that support an immersive academic experience for its approximately 4,000 students.

In the most recent statistical year 13,354 prospective students applied, and 11,631 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 582 enrolled in the school.  3,160 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,716 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $31,440 plus fees of $500. Hawaii Pacific University is ranked 743 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Hawaii Pacific University is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Hawaii Pacific University overview
SAT 1060/1240
ACT 20/27
GPA 3.56

Applications Accepted

Hawaii Pacific University overview
Applications Due Sep 6, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Hawaii Pacific University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$500
Room and Board $15,278
Budget for Other Expenses$2,400
Total One Year Cost$50,818

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

39% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Hawaii Pacific University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 32%
Health Professions 24%
Psychology 6%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 6%
Social Sciences 5%

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