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About UH at Hilo

University of Hawaii at Hilo is a public, state school in an small town setting in Hilo, Hawaii. UH at Hilo was founded in 1970 and now enrolls around 3,924 students a year, including 3,362 undergrads.

UH at Hilo offers housing for up to 922 students.

For each full-time professor, there are about 12.5 undergraduates enrolled at UH at Hilo.

2021 UH at Hilo Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 19
In-State Tuition $7,344
Out-of-State $20,304

2022 UH at Hilo Regular Decision Application Deadline

July 31 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants will be notified by July 31.

Early Admission at UH at Hilo

University of Hawaii at Hilo does not offer early decision or early action.

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UH at Hilo Acceptance Rate 2015

It is moderately difficult to get into UH at Hilo. The acceptance rate at UH at Hilo is 71%. Last year, 1,679 students applied to UH at Hilo and 1,195 were admitted.

UH at Hilo Waitlist 2021

UH at Hilo reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of Hawaii at Hilo?

UH at Hilo is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UH at Hilo, applicants must submit the following items.

UH at Hilo Application Requirements

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Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
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GPA and Test Scores for UH at Hilo

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.4 out of 4.0. The mean ACT score for UH at Hilo students is 19.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UH at Hilo.

Does UH at Hilo Require Test Scores?

UH at Hilo is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 79% submitted the SAT. 60.2% submitted the ACT.

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Does UH at Hilo Offer Dorms?

Yes! UH at Hilo provides on-campus housing for up to 922 students.

UH at Hilo students are active in the school's International Student Association, Hawaiian Leadership and Development and Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. International Night, UH Hilo Ho'olaule'a, and and UH Hilo Earth Fair are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UH at Hilo.

Financial Aid at UH at Hilo

UH at Hilo meets 58.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,933 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is UH at Hilo a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UH at Hilo

About 66% of students who start at UH at Hilo return for their second year of college. Out of the 537 students who started at UH at Hilo as first-time freshman, 61 graduate within four years.

Around 38% of students who started at UH at Hilo earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Based on this information, how does UH at Hilo sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UH at Hilo a good school for you?

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Where is UH at Hilo?

UH at Hilo is located in the small town setting of Hilo, Hawaii.

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College Info

200 West Kawili Street Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Campus Setting: Small Town

UH at Hilo Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UH at Hilo is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UH at Hilo is Jul 1.

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


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UH at Hilo ACT Scores


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UH at Hilo is 19. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into UH at Hilo. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

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UH at Hilo Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at UH at Hilo is like? There are approximately 3,924 students enrolled at UH at Hilo, including 3,362 undergraduate students and 562 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 72% percent are from HI and 28% percent of students are from other states.


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