2022 Top Public Universities in Hawaii

Public universities are often the most affordable option for students pursuing higher education, but it’s not just affordability that makes these institutions attractive. Public universities also rank highly among the best universities in many states, Hawaii included.

Public universities receive state and federal funding. Although they generally have larger class sizes than private institutions, they also tend to offer a wide variety of academic programs, diverse student bodies, and prestigious research opportunities.

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    #1

    University of Hawaii at Manoa

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    61%

    Enrollment

    17,490

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $12186

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $34218

    From its campus in Honolulu, Hawaii, University of Hawaii at Manoa educates students as a public institution. The school's accredited programs prepare learners for the workforce. The institution offers academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #2

    University of Hawaii at Hilo

    Hilo, HI

    Graduation Rate

    44%

    Enrollment

    3,372

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7792

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $20752

    From its campus in Hilo, Hawaii, University of Hawaii at Hilo offers programs as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to strengthen their skills. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at the accredited school can pay for their educational costs with federal student aid programs. University of Hawaii at Hilo holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #3

    Kapiolani Community College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    21%

    Enrollment

    6,488

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3284

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8420

    A top-ranked school, Kapiolani Community College enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help applicants determine the next steps. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. The institution's accreditation is unavailable.

    #4

    University of Hawaii-West Oahu

    Kapolei, HI

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    3,049

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7584

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $20544

    A public institution located in Kapolei, Hawaii, University of Hawaii-West Oahu offers multiple programs. Enrollees complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. The institution offers an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. University of Hawaii-West Oahu holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #5

    Windward Community College

    Kaneohe, HI

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    2,520

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3194

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8330

    Windward Community College, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Students take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Completing a program can take anywhere from a few months to seven years depending on degree or certificate type and whether the student chooses part-time or full-time enrollment. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help students complete the process. Financial aid helps degree-seekers pay for their education. The school's accreditation is unavailable.

    #6

    Leeward Community College

    Pearl City, HI

    Graduation Rate

    21%

    Enrollment

    6,568

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3209

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8345

    A public institution located in Pearl City, Hawaii, Leeward Community College enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school offers accredited programs that prepare learners for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school's accreditation status is not available at this time.

    #7

    Kauai Community College

    Lihue, HI

    Graduation Rate

    24%

    Enrollment

    1,373

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3252

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8388

    A public institution in Lihue, Hawaii, Kauai Community College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 24%. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. The accreditation status of this school is unavailable.

    #8

    Honolulu Community College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    3,510

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3174

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8310

    Located in Hawaii, Honolulu Community College offers 45 programs for students. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The student-to-faculty ratio is currently unknown. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 27%. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements.

    #9

    Hawaii Community College

    Hilo, HI

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    2,615

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3204

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8340

    Located in Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii Community College offers multiple programs as a public institution. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. The institution offers academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The institution's accreditation status is currently unavailable.

    #10

    University of Hawaii Maui College

    Kahului, HI

    Graduation Rate

    19%

    Enrollment

    2,992

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3278

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8414

    Located in Kahului, Hawaii, University of Hawaii Maui College is a public institution that offers multiple programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. University of Hawaii Maui College has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.