2022 best colleges in Hawaii

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.

Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.

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Payback
Earnings
EarningsPlus
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Ranking methodology
#1 in Hawaii | #128 in National Universities

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

Economic score: 2.05

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $15,030

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $52,862

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $13,047

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 84%
Graduation rate: 63%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in Hawaii

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Laie, Hawaii

Economic score: 2.42

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $14,051

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $49,232

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $9,417

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 76%
Graduation rate: 67%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in Hawaii

University of Hawaii-West Oahu

Kapolei, Hawaii

Economic score: 2.72

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $13,331

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $48,268

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $8,453

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 96%
Graduation rate: 48%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in Hawaii

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii

Economic score: 5.50

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $25,075

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 6.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $44,647

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $4,832

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 89%
Graduation rate: 48%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii

Economic score: 2.96

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $27,508

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 4.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $56,483

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $16,668

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 82%
Graduation rate: 35%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Hilo, Hawaii

Economic score: 3.82

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $13,885

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 4.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $43,823

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $4,008

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 74%
Graduation rate: 42%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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