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Hawaii Pacific University (HPU)

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800, Honolulu, HI

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Hawaii Pacific University is a nonprofit private institution located in Honolulu, Hawaii and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. About eight thousand students enroll at HPU per year.

Areas of study available at HPU include:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1280 - 1638 for the SAT exam and in a range of 18 - 24 for the ACT exam is typical among students admitted to this school. This school has an admissions rate of around 70 percent of which only 19 percent chose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is nearly $18,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attending this school. Some students at HPU may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally provided as grants or student loans.

The Hawaii Pacific University "Sea Warriors" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students who wish to get more about Hawaii Pacific University can visit their website at http://www.hpu.edu.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the applicants HPU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to see your chances of getting accepted to Hawaii Pacific University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading420 - 540
SAT ® Math440 - 560
SAT ® Writing420 - 538
SAT ® Total Score1280 - 1638

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English17 - 24
ACT ® Math17 - 24
ACT ® Composite Score18 - 24

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into HPU

The chances for admission at HPU can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions3,038 (70%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled570 (19%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Hawaii Pacific University is around 8,300 students, where graduate students make up roughly 15% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $20,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $620 to $740 per unit
  • The average estimated cost for on campus housing and meals is listed to be around $15,000, the amount includes fourteen meals per week

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid65%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships65%$7,587
Receiving Student Loans51%$6,706

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 4%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Hawaii Pacific University may offer student services including:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

HPU has an overall graduation rate which is close to 39%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years24%
Graduating in 5 Years10%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1992)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2012)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2000)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Nursing (B, C, M)
  • Health Services (B)
  • Pre-Medicine, Pre-Medical Studies (B)
  • Family Practice Nurse (M)
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (C)
  • Public Health, Community Nurse (M)
  • Nursing Science
  • Physical Therapy
  • Healthcare Administration

Business and Marketing Studies


Security and Protective Services

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Military Technology

  • Military Applied Sciences (A)

Communications and Journalism

Social Sciences

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Global Studies (B, C, M)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B)
  • Dispute Resolution (C)

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Information Science Studies (M)
  • Computer Science (A, B)
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Data Processing


English Language and Literature

Natural Resources and Conservation


Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics (B)
  • Math (A)


Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry (B)
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Asian Civilization Studies
  • Native American Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

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