Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) offers a wide range of programs and has campuses in both downtown Honolulu and in the quieter and suburban area Kaneohe. Classes are small and there is room for interaction with your teachers. HPU is a very global university and you will meet lecturers and students from all over the world. In your free time, you can go surfing in Waikiki or just “hang loose”.
10 Good reasons to study at Hawaii Pacific University
- A diverse student population: Your fellow students hail from over 100 different countries from all over the world.
- A wide range of study options – over more than 50 bachelor degrees and 14 master degrees to choose from.
- A student- faculty ration of 15-1, so plenty of valuable one on one time with professors to reach your academic goals!
- HPU’s location in the center of the world’s largest ocean makes it the ideal place to study marine sciences and oceanography. HPU is connected to the Oceanic Institute - a major research center specializing in marine biology, marine aquaculture, biotechnology, and ocean resource management.
- There are also several scholarships available to international bachelor degree students, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 per academic year.
- HPU’s student life is very active, with approximately 50 different student organizations that you can join, whether it be United Nations club, the International club or the Leaders for a Sustainable Future club.
- The main campus is located in the heart of downtown Honolulu - the financial, cultural and governmental hub of Hawaii.
- Since Hawaii is a very popular tourist destination, it is the perfect place to learn about the tourism industry and also explore it!
- Hawaii is home to some of the worlds’ most beautiful beaches.
- The people of Hawaii are known for their friendliness. It is very common to talk to random strangers on buses or in elevators for example.
Hawaii Pacific University’s reputation and ranking
- HPU has ranked number 1 in the nation for diversity, according to USA Today. You’ll have the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and learn new things as 47% of the university population is coming from out of state and 7% from out of the country.
- The Princeton Review lists HPU among its “Best in the West” recommended schools. Only 125 colleges in fifteen Western states made the list.
- Honolulu is recognized as one of the "Best Small Cities for College Students", according to the American Institute of Economic Research (AIER).
Hawaii Pacific University offers over 50 bachelor degrees and 14 master degrees. The most popular areas of study are business, tourism and hospitality, communication and marine biology.
Student accommodation at Hawaii Pacific University
The university has two options for students who prefer to live in university housing. The Loa campus has residence halls mainly for younger, undergraduate students. Students living here are required to purchase a meal plan. The Hawaii Loa campus has recreational facilities that include basketball/volleyball courts, tennis courts, a fitness center and a Student Center.
There is also the option to live in the new Waterfront Lofts at Aloha Tower Marketplace in downtown Honolulu. This brand-new suite style residence was opened in 2014 and is located on the waterfront. Meal plans are optional. You can chose to live in a single room, a double room or even a triple room.
A lot of students prefer to find their own accommodation. This is perfect if you feel comfortable living on your own. It is advisable to wait with finding a long-term housing until after you have arrived in Hawaii; as you should never rent somewhere or pay any deposits before you have seen the place in person. You should therefore set aside sufficient time for house hunting before you start your studies. The majority of students live in the Waikiki area.
Campuses Hawaii Pacific University
Hawaii Pacific University has two campuses, both on the island of Oahu.
The Downtown campus is located in the central business district of Honolulu and is close to Chinatown. The campus is comprised of six buildings and hosts the College of Business Administration and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Facilities on this campus include computer labs, study rooms, libraries, a bookshop and high-tech classrooms.
8 Miles down the road in Kaneohe, you will find the lush and green Loa campus which is home to the College of Natural and Computational Sciences and the College of Health Sciences. Several general education courses are taught here as well. This is also the campus that has the residential colleges and the sport facilities.
HPU is also affiliated with the Oceanic Institute, where some student study, do research and carry out internships.
A shuttle bus operates between these locations.
Campus life at HPU
Apart from the academic facilities at HPU such as libraries, teaching rooms, computer rooms and science labs, there is plenty of opportunities to relax as well. The university has a wide range of clubs that you can join. There is something for everyone. Cultural clubs such as the Global Brigade and the International Student Club but also academic societies including the Computer Club and the History Club. If you like to be active after sitting still in class for hours you can become a member of one the sports clubs or even the dance club. No need to be bored after the academic work is done! The islands of Hawaii are a great place to study and explore.
Apply to Hawaii Pacific University
Hawaii Pacific University's admission requirements vary depending on the degree you want to apply for, but the minimum requirement is a reasonable grade point average. They will evaluate your past and current studies. Students applying for certain Master programs might be required to take either the GRE or GMAT test.
The English requirements vary depending on the degree that you want to apply for. There are specific (TOEFL/IELTS) English test score limits set for the study programs, however, you might be eligible for an exemption based on your upper secondary school English competence. Ask for the English level requirements from our study advisors.
We recommend that you send your application as soon as possible.
- Study Abroad students: Study Abroad students start to be registered for courses early April for the Fall semester, and early November for the Spring semester, so they should apply as early as possible to get the courses they want.
- Bachelor degree students: In order to secure the best possible position for yourself in the scholarship consideration, apply as early as by November for the studies starting in the fall the following year. Early application also allows you to prepare for the move, take care of the practicalities, sign up for preferred classes, look into housing etc.
Following this priority date, HPU has a rolling admission process, which means there are no further set deadlines to submit admissions documents and that applications are reviewed throughout the remainder of the year.
- Postgraduate full degree students: Most programs have rolling admission, but some Master programs have specific deadlines. Contact our study advisors for more information.