Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI

Brief Description

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.

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At A Glance

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.

Campus Location

Main Address

Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop St
Honolulu, HI 96813


(808) 544-0200



Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 47%

Female undergraduate population: 53%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's

Accounting And Finance
Advertising And Marketing
American Studies / Civilization
Area Ethnic And Cultural Studies Other
Asian Studies
Biology General
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business Administration And Management
Business Communications
Business General
Business Management And Administrative
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Communications General
Communications Other
Community Organization Resources And Services
Computer Science General
Criminal Justice General
Data Processing Technology / Technician
Economics General
English Language And Literature General
Environmental Science / Studies
Finance General
History General
History Other
Human Resources Management
Human Resources Management Other
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Information Sciences And Systems
International Business
International Relations And Affairs
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Marine / Aquatic Biology
Non Profit And Public Management
Nursing Rn Training
Political Science And Government General
Pre Medicine Studies
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Relations
Social Sciences And History Other
Social Sciences General
Social Work
Teaching English As A Second Language
Travel And Tourism