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Colleges / Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate87%

Hawaii Pacific University Admissions

Hawaii Pacific University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 87% of applicants get into Hawaii Pacific University each year. Out of 13,354 applications received in 2023, 11,631 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Hawaii Pacific University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 9/5 and the application fee is $45.

Students who submit their applications to Hawaii Pacific University for the fall semester should hear back from Hawaii Pacific University by February 15.

Hawaii Pacific University Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Hawaii Pacific University 2023 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 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 9%
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 31
Regular Decision Yes 9 5 February 15

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 31.

Some students apply to college early because they hope it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on Hawaii Pacific University Admissions

How To Get Into Hawaii Pacific University

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

In 2022, Hawaii Pacific University accepted 87% of students, approximately 11,631 from the 13,354 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.

For Students Waitlisted to Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

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 has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Hawaii Pacific University

What does Hawaii Pacific University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest 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
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 23.69%
3.75 and 3.99 18.07%
3.50 and 3.74 17.67%
3.25 and 3.49 14.86%
3.00 and 3.24 10.64%
2.50 and 2.9 13.25%
2.00 and 2.49 1.81%

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 reflects 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 is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 18% of Hawaii Pacific University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 9% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Hawaii Pacific University?

To be competitive with other Hawaii Pacific University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1050 and 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hawaii Pacific University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 and 25% of scored lower than 1050, 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 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hawaii Pacific University students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

To be most competitive at Hawaii Pacific University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hawaii Pacific University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hawaii Pacific University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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 2. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

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

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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.

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

❌ No, Hawaii Pacific University is test optional, so you can make the call whether to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Hawaii Pacific University's acceptance rate?

✅ Hawaii Pacific University's acceptance rate is 87%.

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

❌ Hawaii Pacific University does not offer early decision.

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Hawaii Pacific University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


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 87%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.


Hawaii Pacific University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Sep 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Sep 2

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hawaii Pacific University is Sep 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hawaii Pacific University is Sep 2.

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

Hawaii Pacific University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1240


Math SAT Range

530 - 610


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

Hawaii Pacific University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hawaii Pacific University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.58. 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

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