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Colleges / Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

Hawaii Pacific University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Hawaii Pacific University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is September 6 and the fee for the application costs $45.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who need them, may qualify for fee waiver for their application.

Hawaii Pacific University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Hawaii Pacific University's admissions stats.

Hawaii Pacific University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17.43%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 14%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist No

Hawaii Pacific University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Hawaii Pacific University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15
Regular Decision Yes September 6 ––

Applying Early to Hawaii Pacific University?


Hawaii Pacific University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

The Early Action deadline is November 15. Hawaii Pacific University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.


More on Hawaii Pacific University Admissions


How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Hawaii Pacific University?

Getting into Hawaii Pacific University is moderately difficult. Hawaii Pacific University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Hawaii Pacific University accepted 85% of students, approximately 10,194 from 11,948 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Hawaii Pacific University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Hawaii Pacific University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does Hawaii Pacific University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Hawaii Pacific University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Hawaii Pacific University during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Hawaii Pacific University for more information on admission factors.

Hawaii Pacific University Application Requirements

To apply to Hawaii Pacific University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Hawaii Pacific University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing


What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hawaii Pacific University?

Students admitted to Hawaii Pacific University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 47.22% submitted a class rank. At Hawaii Pacific University 17.43% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44.24% were in the top 25% and 79.09% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Hawaii Pacific University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 22.21%
3.75 and 3.99 16.62%
3.50 and 3.74 18.38%
3.25 and 3.49 14.41%
3.00 and 3.24 12.65%
2.50 and 2.9 14.26%
2.00 and 2.49 1.47%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Hawaii Pacific University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Hawaii Pacific University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Hawaii Pacific University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 14% of Hawaii Pacific University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Hawaii Pacific University?

To be competitive with other Hawaii Pacific University applicants, you should strive to score between 1080 and 1230 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hawaii Pacific University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1230 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hawaii Pacific University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hawaii Pacific University students scored 628 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Hawaii Pacific University?

To be most competitive at Hawaii Pacific University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hawaii Pacific University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hawaii Pacific University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Hawaii Pacific University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Hawaii Pacific University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is September 6.

Transfer students can enroll in Hawaii Pacific University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term


Hawaii Pacific University Admissions FAQs


Can I defer my acceptance to Hawaii Pacific University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Hawaii Pacific University.

Does Hawaii Pacific University accept transfer credits?

✅ Hawaii Pacific University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Hawaii Pacific University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Hawaii Pacific University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Hawaii Pacific University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hawaii Pacific University?

❌ No, Hawaii Pacific University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Hawaii Pacific University's acceptance rate?

✅ Hawaii Pacific University has an acceptance rate of 85%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hawaii Pacific University?

❌ Hawaii Pacific University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Hawaii Pacific University?

✅ Hawaii Pacific University offers early action but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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Hawaii Pacific University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

85%

How hard is it to get into Hawaii Pacific University? Hawaii Pacific University is a somewhat selective institution. The Hawaii Pacific University acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.

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Hawaii Pacific University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Sep 6

Transfer Applications are Due

Sep 6

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hawaii Pacific University is Sep 6.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hawaii Pacific University is Sep 6.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hawaii Pacific University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above

Good

22 to 28

Avg

22 and Less

Low

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Hawaii Pacific University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1230

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Math SAT Range

530 - 610

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Reading SAT Range

540 - 628

Hawaii Pacific University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.56

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hawaii Pacific University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.56. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,586

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

85%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$31,940

Out-of-State

$31,940

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Sep 6
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