University of Hawaii at Hilo.

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Hilo, HI4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of Hawaii at Hilo

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo) is a public university in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. It is one of ten general campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi system. It was founded as Hawaiʻi Vocational College (Hawaiʻi College) in 1941. In 1970 it was reorganized by an act of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. The university has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1976. It offers thirty-three undergraduate and three graduate degree programs and has about 3000 students; most students are residents of Hawaiʻi but many are international students.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 2,855 students
  • 0.22 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Hawaii at Hilo

Environmental Science
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Environmental Science, Biology, Accounting, Computer Science, Mathematics, Education, Linguistics, and History.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

1,331 students out of 1,709 applicants were accepted into University of Hawaii at Hilo. They had an average SAT score of 1047. 55% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 58% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of Hawaii at Hilo was $20,608, while for in-state students it was $7,648. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $28,742.

The average financial aid at University of Hawaii at Hilo is $7,386. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $13,222 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of Hawaii at Hilo

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

69% of undergraduate students at University of Hawaii at Hilo received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Hawaii at Hilo

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Hawaii at Hilo was of $11,064 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,012.

Diversity at University of Hawaii at Hilo

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017