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University of Hawaii at Hilo: Narrative Description


200 West Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Tel: (808)974-7311; 800-897-4456; Admissions: (808)974-7414; Fax: (808)933-0861; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Hawaii System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 115-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.5 million. Research spending 2002-03: $7.9 million. Total enrollment: 3,300. Faculty: 264 (171 full-time, 93 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,470 applied, 66% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 82% from top half. Students come from 48 states and territories, 40 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 36% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 10% international, 32% 25 or older, 29% live on campus. Retention: 58% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: 7/31.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $2424 full-time, $101 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7992 full-time, $333 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $114 full-time, $32 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and student level. College room and board: $5081. College room only: $2360. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 43 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Student Association, Hawaiian Leadership and Development, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, University Canoe Club, Samoan Club. Major annual events: International Night, Homecoming, Hilo Basketball Classic. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 620 college housing spaces available; 600 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Edwin H. Mookini Library with 250,000 books, 2,500 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.7 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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