As an international learning community set in a rich historical and cultural context, Hawaii Pacific University is based on a main 135-acre urban campus in the heart of Honolulu's downtown business district with a satellite location in Loa among the idyllic lush greenery of the island of Oahu. Home to a population comprised of over 7,500 students from every state in the United States and more than 100 countries worldwide, HPU is noted as the largest private non-sectarian institution in the central Pacific region. Furthermore, the Institute of International Education has named HPU among the top 30 most diverse Master's-level universities in the world.
Founded in 1965 due to the demand for a private liberal arts college in the state capital of Honolulu, Paul C.T. Loo, Eureka Forbes, Elizabeth W. Kellerman, and Reverend Edmond Walker established the Hawaii Pacific College with a charter by the state. Through implementing academic programs in the liberal arts and cooperative education, the college received full accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) by 1973 and underwent rapid expansion. In 1990, it officially became Hawaii Pacific University and incorporated Hawaii Loa College on the windward side of Oahu.
With a shining reputation as being a leading independent career-oriented institution rooted in the Pacific culture, HPU is currently ranked as the 71st best college and 19th top university for military veterans in the West by the U.S. News and World Report. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Hawaii Pacific consists of the College of Business Administration, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Natural and Computational Sciences. The university's largest academic degree programs are currently business administration, nursing, international studies, psychology, and education.
Nicknamed the Sea Warriors, Hawaii Pacific University offers athletic teams in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, and volleyball. In addition, HPU is well-known for hosting one of the most dominant forces in collegiate cheerleading with its Sea Warrior Spirit Program acquiring over 25 national titles in the last seven years. Among the most notable former Sea Warriors are U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Miss Hawaii 2004 Jennifer Fairbank, software engineer James D. McCaffrey, author Makoa Jacobsen, and professional bodyboarder Jeff Hubbard.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 6313
Total institution enrollment: 7553
School type: 4-year private, not-for-profit
School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop St
Honolulu, HI 96813
Male undergraduate population: 47%
Female undergraduate population: 53%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Less than one year, Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's