The University of Hawai'i is a public college and university system that was established in 1907; the flagship campus is located in Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i.
The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. A Special Events Arena, marine biology research facility, and indigenous Hawaiian language master’s degree were established at UH. The University gained constitutional autonomy in 2000 in time to celebrate its hundredth birthday.
Today, more than 60,000 students are enrolled, including over 53,000 undergraduate students. The female-to-male ratio is 55:45, and Hawai’i residents make up about 85 percent of the student body. About 23 percent of the student body is of Hawaiian descent, another 20 percent White, with the remainder of the student body comprised of Pacific Islander, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and mixed descent. The University of Hawai’i promotes values of “aloha, collaboration, respect, intellectual rigor, integrity, service, access, affordability, diversity, fairness, leveraged technology innovation, accountability and sustainability.” More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates.
The University of Hawai’i System oversees ten campuses and a number of educational, training and research centers located on the various Hawaiian Islands. The ten campuses include:
- Mānoa: Located near Waikiki, on the island of O’ahu this is the largest and the oldest of the college campuses. Students can pursue undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees at the flagship campus, also noted as a land-,sea-, and space-grant research facility. UH Mānoa is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Hilo: Founded in 1947, students at UH Hilo can earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, and Hilo is recognized for its master’s program in indigenous language studies. Located on the Big Island, Hilo offers research and hands-on opportunities, with degrees ranging from the natural sciences, marine science, and environmental sciences to programs in the liberal arts, astronomy, and nursing. UH Hilo enrolls more than 4,000 students, and maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1. UH Hilo is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- West O’ahu: Established in 1976, West O’ahu enrolls about 1,660 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. Six bachelor’s programs and six undergraduate certificates are offered, including day, evening, and weekend classes. Curriculums focus on humanities, social sciences, applied science, and professional programs. UH West O’ahu is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Maui: The main campus of Maui is located in Kahului, Maui with added educational centers on the islands of Lana’i, and Moloka’i. Just over 4,500 students are enrolled. Students can pursue liberal arts, occupational-technical, transfer, and certificate completion programs. Degree programs include associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Tuition at UH Maui college is based on residency and course level. UH Maui is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
UH Community Colleges
- Hawaii: Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, UH Hawai’i Community College is located in Hilo. More than fifty associate’s degrees, certificates of achievement, and certificates of completion are offered, and the school enrolls about 3,900 students. Programs range from career and technical programs to preparation for transfer into four-year institutions. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1, and the average student age is 26.
- Honolulu: Students can complete liberal arts curriculums and vocational programs, choosing from associate’s degrees, third year certificates, certificates of achievement, and certificates of completion. Founded in 1920, the campus is located in Honolulu with added sites for aeronautics, marine, automotive, and heavy equipment classes. Approximately 4,600 students are enrolled and the student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. UH Honolulu CC is accredited by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Kapi’olani: Located at the foot of Diamond Head Crater on the island of O’ahu, UH Kapi’olani Community College enrolls more than 9,000 undergraduate students. Noted for its Culinary Institute of the Pacific program, popular fields also include business, hospitality, health, legal education, and arts and sciences. Kapi’olani also supports technical, occupational, and professional programs. Kapi’olani Community College is accredited by the Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Kaua’i: Kaua’i Community College supports learning through liberal arts transfer programs, in addition to vocational and professional training programs. Students can pursue fields in business, technology, hospitality, health, early childhood education, and liberal arts. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1 and more than 1,400 students are enrolled. Kaua’i Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. In addition, the Culinary and Nursing programs retain programmatic accreditation through the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, respectively.
- Leeward: Located near Pearl Harbor, about 7,900 students attend Leeward Community College. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1, students can pursue coursework in fields of business, education, digital media, computer networking, culinary arts, engineering, and the sciences. Tuition is based on residency and charged per credit hour. With a mission that commits “to help people learn,” Leeward Community College is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Culinary program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.
- Windward: OH Windward Community College supports liberal arts transfer programs, in addition to vocational and science studies. The college features programs in creative arts, environmental studies, Hawaiian studies, marine and aerospace fields. With about 2,700 students enrolled, Windward supports associate’s degrees, certificates of achievement, and certificates of completion. Focused on core values representing the Hawaiian culture, Windward Community College is accredited by the Association of Community Colleges and Junior Colleges.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs. Distance education degrees are campus specific, supported by the campuses of UH West O’ahu, UH Hilo, and UH Mānoa. Fields of study range from studies in health care and nursing to business and education. Distance education students have access to student services, such as online tutoring, electronic library databases, technology support, and test centers for required proctored exams. Formats feature:
- Online synchronous and asynchronous formats
- Interactive Video (ITV) featuring synchronous classroom sessions located at a set time and place, allowing face-to-face learning
- Cable courses including live and pre-recorded communication
Financial aid is available for qualifying students at the University of Hawai’i, including grants, scholarships, work study, and student loans. UH Scholarships include need-based, academic achievement, chosen major, and geography awards. Federally supported aid assistance programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, and the Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students. Eligible students may also access VA Benefits.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Public
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:7,924
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