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University of Hawaii Hilo, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Address: 200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720, United States

Description University of Hawaii Hilo, University of Hawaii at Hilo

  • Location: Hilo, Hawaii
  • Year of foundation: 1970
  • Language of instruction: Hawaiian, English
  • Number of students: more than 3 500
  • Type of training: mixed.

The University of Hawaii Hilo (UH Hilo) is an educational institution of liberal arts and sciences, one of the ten campuses of the University of Hawaii. Its history began in 1941 with the emergence of the Professional College of Hawaii, in 1970 transformed into a four-year university.

UH Hilo offers undergraduate, graduate and the only doctoral courses in the country, more than 50 degrees, from astronomy and agriculture to Hawaiian studies and computer science. In the fall of 2020, the admission committee enrolled 3,165 applicants, the ratio of students and teachers is 13: 1.

UH Hilo was recognized as one of the top 300 universities in America. Of the 4200 higher education institutions, this institution ranked 181-190th in the quacquarelli Symon national list in 2020.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of Hawaii Hilo, University of Hawaii at Hilo

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Accommodation, housing and food

Accommodation for students is provided in Hale Ikena, Kehay, Kauanoe - two-storey houses with common recreation areas. All buildings offer rooms for:

  • hearing impaired students
  • students with impaired mobility, vision
  • married
  • students with special dietary needs.

Accommodation options with payment in the semester:

  • Hale Alahonua: bedroom in double room – 3150$
  • Hale Kehay: double bedroom in quadruple room – 2240$
  • Hale Ikena: bedroom in double room – 3377$, double bedroom in quadruple room – 2607$
  • Hale Kauanoe: double occupancy – 1772$, single occupancy – 2658$
  • Hale Kanilehua: double occupancy – 1772$.

Semester meal plan and prices for students:

  • A: 7 servings per week, $ 500 in points - $ 2352
  • B: 10 meals per week, $ 450 in points - $ 2553
  • C: 14 servings per week, $325 in points – 2726$
  • D for residents of Hale Alahonua: 2553$.

Events University of Hawaii Hilo, University of Hawaii at Hilo

The environment for extracurricular activities for UH Hilo students is diverse. The University has many locations for additional education, sports and recreation:

  • Rent of bicycles, boats, kayakov
  • Fitness club, swimming pool
  • Martial arts: judo, boxing, jiu-jitsu, etc.
  • Performing Arts Center – more than 150 events per year
  • theatre
  • University Radio, Media Council
  • Sports: water (surfing, kayaking, swimming), team (volleyball, basketball, football, etc.)
  • Classes in kinesiology and the basics of physical exercises for students of coaching, teaching, sports programs
  • Faculty of Art: lessons in painting, modeling, design, etc.
  • The center of medical services - versatile assistance, personal and remote conversations.


  • Public works, volunteering
  • Lectures on ecology, psychological and social trainings, etc.
  • National festivals
  • Extensive Environmental Project "Sustainable Pacific Ocean"
  • Trips-excursions during holidays, weekends
  • International Student Association (ISA) – excursions, social events for international students
  • International holidays.

Equipment University of Hawaii Hilo, University of Hawaii at Hilo

On the territory of 755 acres are located:

  • Administrative buildings
  • Colleges: agriculture, natural resources, etc.
  • library
  • Student Centers
  • theatre
  • Sports facilities: athletic complex, fields for team games, swimming pool, etc.
  • bookshop
  • Science and Technology Parks
  • Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Centre
  • University Village
  • Educational buildings with lectures, practical laboratories, computer classes.

Students are reached by a bus throughout the city. On campus there is an outdoor parking for cars.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Training can take place full-time and part-time. Full school day – the student studies more than 12 credits.

Important dates of the school year:

  • August 19-22 – orientation of freshmen
  • August 24-December 18 – autumn semester
  • January 11-May 14 – spring semester
  • May 24-June 19 – summer session
  • June 21-July 30 – the second summer session.

Additional expenses of students include:

  • Accommodation – rent an apartment/room or pay for a hostel
  • nutrition
  • Medical insurance
  • Registration, annual fees
  • Payment for textbooks, manuals
  • Transport – the fare by bus is $ 1 for students with a student card
  • Mobile communication, Internet
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Household needs.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

When applying for a bachelor's degree, the admission committee considers the performance in secondary school: transcripts for grades 9-12, the results of standard tests.


  • Cumulative GPA – 2.7 per ACT/SAT
  • Coursework in high school in the following subjects: English, mathematics (algebra, geometry), natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.), preparatory electives for college (social sciences, foreign languages, additional mathematics and natural sciences)
  • Completed on the official website application for training
  • Registration fee – 50$.

Dates of admission:

  • Fall semester: July 1
  • Spring semester: December 1.

For international applicants, the admission rules are different. Be sure to provide:

  • International application on the official website of the university
  • Form of additional information for foreigners (off. site)
  • Current copy of the financial sponsor's bank statement/bank confirmation. Required financial support is $35,800 for one year
  • High School Transcript / College Transfer Statement with 24 or more Credits
  • The average academic score is 3.0 with a scale of 4.0 (equivalent to B and above).
  • Transcripts of previous places of study
  • Passport copy
  • Registration fee – 50$
  • TOEFL results (from 600 points for a paper test, from 61 points for an electronic test) / IELTS (from 5.5 points). If there are not enough points, the student can enroll in English language courses
  • Copies of a valid I-20 form and F-1 student visa (if registered).

Dates of admission:

  • Fall semester: March 1 (for F-1 and international exchange students), June 1
  • Spring semester: October 1 (for F-1 and international exchange students), November 1.

Without admission to the university, you can take some certified courses. To do this, you should submit an application on the official website on July 1 or December 1.

Admission to the Running Start program – training of high school students in UH Hilo courses:

  • 2.5 points for the GPA test
  • Overall 900 SAT in Reading and Math
  • Recommendation of the school counselor
  • High school transcripts
  • Application on the university's website on the dates: July 1/December 1.

Scholarships University of Hawaii Hilo, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Material assistance and scholarships:

  • Payments to low-income students on a free application within 60 days
  • Loans: SHEL, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford, Federal Direct Parent PLUS, Grad PLUS
  • Scholarships for academic success
  • Emergency financial assistance on request.

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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