The state of Hawaii is comprised of a series of islands in the Pacific Ocean, with the four largest typically being home to the public and private institutions found in the state. The state’s capital , Honolulu, is home to more colleges and universities than other regions primarily due to the way population is distributed. The state overall has few colleges due to the small size of the state both in terms of landmass and residents.
The state has several public colleges and universities across the four main islands. These schools belong to the University of Hawaii System which manages and maintains the state's community colleges as well as colleges and universities. Public institutions tend to have lower costs and higher enrollment than their private counterparts. In the state of Hawaii, many students come from out of state to receive a quality education while residing in a picturesque atmosphere.
Public colleges and universities in Hawaii:
- University of Hawaii at Manoa
- University of Hawaii at Hilo
- University of Hawaii At West Oahu
- University of Hawaii - Maui College
Private schools in the state are few, but provide alternative options for education. These schools tend to be more expensive, have smaller enrollment and excellent student to teacher ratios. Some of the schools were established through missionary work bringing Christian education and values to the state and its residents. Private schools also tend to offer more opportunities, such as research programs and internships due to smaller enrollment allowing for greater number of such openings.
Private schools in Hawaii include:
- Brigham Young University Hawaii
- Remington College (Honolulu)
- Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu)
- Akamai University (Hilo)
Trade schools and career colleges ar3e also found throughout the state. Such schools provide training and skill development in high demand fields, and assist in job placement after completion. These programs typically take a year or less and have high costs compared to similar programs available at community colleges. The state’s community colleges are part of the University of Hawaii System, and provide career training opportunities alongside academic transfer programs.