Hawaii Pacific University: Narrative Description

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1166 Fort St.
Honolulu, HI 96813-2785
Tel: (808)544-0200; (866)225-5478
Admissions: (808)544-0238
Fax: (808)544-1136
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hpu.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1965. Setting: 140-acre urban campus. Endowment: $60.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $7.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4079 per student. Total enrollment: 7,800. Faculty: 587 (234 full-time, 353 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,118 applied, 80% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 73% from top half. Full-time: 4,033 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 2,582 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 90 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 8% black, 32% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 13% international, 41% 25 or older, 10% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Carroll College, Creighton University, Samuel Merritt College, Southern California University of Health Sciences. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 2 recommendations. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $20,022 includes full-time tuition ($10,922), mandatory fees ($80), and college room and board ($9020). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and student level. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $205 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 80 open to all. Most popular organizations: Association of Students of HPU, Swedish Student Association, President's Hosts, Akamai Advertising, Christian Fellowship. Major annual events: Intercultural Day, Club Carnival, The Monster Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 210 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Meader Library plus 2 others with 162,000 books, 325,863 microform titles, 12,000 serials, 8,700 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.7 million. 590 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Honolulu, the travel capital of the world and nexus of the Pacific Basin, is a cosmopolitan city of some 800,000. Its leading industries are the travel industry, agriculture, and government-related services. Positions are available for HPU students in a wide variety of fields via the university's Cooperative Education and Internship Program. Such cultural institutions as the Bishop Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Honolulu Symphony are located within two to four miles of the campus. Recreation facilities, most of them free, are widely available throughout Hawaii and are among the finest in the world; also among the world's finest are Hawaii's many major restaurants and hotels.

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