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Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, the four-year colleges in Hawaii include 4 public and 5 private non-profit options.


    For the 2022-23 school year, the average in-state tuition for public four-year colleges in Hawaii is $10,999, according to College Board.


    In the U.S., full-time undergraduate students attending college in 2021-22 received an average of $15,330 per year in financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar colleges in Hawaii. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications, such as U.S. News & World Report, to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by either the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) or Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). These organizations examine the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of postsecondary education programs.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission standards, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the resources and services provided for on-campus students. Then, we used this information to calculate the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

The Top 50 Colleges in Hawaii

Best Colleges In Hawaii

University of Hawaii At Manoa

University of Hawaii At Hilo

University of Hawaii at West Oahu

University of Hawaii Maui College

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What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Hawaii

Before opting for a college in Hawaii, it’s important to consider whether the most popular industries in the state are compatible with your planned field of study. In Hawaii, the five most dominant industries include office and administrative support occupations, food preparation and serving, sales, transportation and material moving, and educational instruction and library occupations.

There are approximately 100 occupations for those with undergraduate degrees in Hawaii that are projected to experience significant growth between 2020 and 2030. The top five fastest-growing occupations in Hawaii include film and video editors, event planners, producers and directors, information security analysts, and market research analysts.

With approximately 10,000 employees, Altres Industrial is the largest employer in the state. Other large employers in Hawaii include Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Bank of Hawaii, Aloha Air Cargo, and the Hawaii State Police Department.

What’s Next?

Going to college in Hawaii is a big investment, but there are many resources available to help you obtain financial assistance to pay for your education, such as:

  • University of Hawaii Scholarship Opportunities. There are a number of scholarships available for students enrolled in the University of Hawaii system.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Provided by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is the main form students use to apply for financial aid for college. To determine if you’re eligible for aid, submit a completed FAFSA form online.
  • CareerOneStop Scholarship Finder. This tool will show you available scholarships, grants, and loans and can be filtered by state and degree type. It includes information such as dollar amounts, how to apply, qualifications, deadlines, and contact details.

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