2022 best colleges in Hawaii best-colleges

Mixed in among beautiful scenery and picture-perfect beaches, the University of Hawaii system features campuses on Hilo, Oahu, and Maui. The system’s flagship campus, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is one of only four universities nationwide to participate in the sea-grant, space-grant, and sun-grant research consortia simultaneously. Reflective of its culture and history, the state is also home to the World Medicine Institute (WMI) and Institute for Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ICAOM), which both offer accredited degrees in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 63%

Net cost: $15,030

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $52,862

Vs. state average: + $13,047

Economic score: 2.05

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#2 in Hawaii

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Laie, Hawaii

Admission rate: 76%

Grad rate: 67%

Net cost: $14,051

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $49,232

Vs. state average: + $9,417

Economic score: 2.42

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#3 in Hawaii

University of Hawaii-West Oahu

Kapolei, Hawaii

Admission rate: 96%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $13,331

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $48,268

Vs. state average: + $8,453

Economic score: 2.72

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#4 in Hawaii

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii

Admission rate: 89%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $25,075

Payback: 6.2 Years

Earnings: $44,647

Vs. state average: + $4,832

Economic score: 5.50

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#5 in Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 35%

Net cost: $27,508

Payback: 4.2 Years

Earnings: $56,483

Vs. state average: + $16,668

Economic score: 2.96

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#6 in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Hilo, Hawaii

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 42%

Net cost: $13,885

Payback: 4.2 Years

Earnings: $43,823

Vs. state average: + $4,008

Economic score: 3.82

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Pacific Rim Christian University

Honolulu, Hawaii

Admission rate: 60%

Grad rate: 95%

Net cost: $14,616

Payback: N/A

Earnings: N/A

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