Originally founded as Hawai’i Vocational College, the University of Hawai’i at Hilo is a public liberal arts college on The Big Island. UH Hilo confers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors including Hawai’ian Studies. The university also houses several research centers, including USDA Pacific Basin- Agricultural Research Center, the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i, and the East Asian Observatory. For recreation, UH Hilo’s Outdoor EdVenture division sponsors numerous excursions for activities such as scuba diving, boating, and mountain climbing.
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The campus is large and growing. It has a diverse campus life and offers many pathways of study. It has a PharmD program that is amazing.
Ruby from Crescent City, CA
university of hawaii at hilo has variety range of ethnic groups. its campus allows a hawaiian language program. is a highly-accredited nursing program
Aiko from Hilo, HI
The University of Hawai'i at Hilo is very diverse, there are so many people from so many different places. The class sizes are not too large. There are also many different student services around campus.
A freshmen from Hilo, HI
University of Hawaii at Hilo is a very interesting school with many diversity of people. I chose University of Hawaii at Hilo because of the tuition rate and the weather here. I enjoy being in Hilo and hope to graduate soon and go on to a graduate school.
Desiree from Hilo, HI
UH Hilo is a very fast paced, education oriented, welcoming institution.
Shantel from Hilo, HI
It is a place where everyone is friendly. Professors are always willing to help their students. The athletic programs however, lack support in general.
Cristina from Woodland, CA
UH Hilo made me feel welcome from the very moment I landed via airplane in Hilo.
The orientation made me (and my mom) feel safe and welcome, and we both KNEW I was at the perfect college for me.
The students and faculty are all wonderful... in the true spirit of 'Ohana'.