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University of Hawaii at Hilo

Hilo, HI

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About This Campus

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo (UH Hilo) is located on the Big Island of Hawai'i, about 200 air miles from Honolulu. A seacoast city of 45,000 residents, Hilo spreads beneath Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes and is surrounded by lush agricultural fields and expansive forest reserves. Located in a tropical rainforest region, Hilo's climate has both ample sun and abundant rain. The Big Island's diverse geography provides a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, surfing and diving. Special features include Volcanoes National Park, astronomy observatories on Mauna Kea, and access to unique marine life. The student population of about 3,500 is predominantly from Hawai'i and of Native Hawaiian and Asian descent, making UH Hilo one of the nation's most ethnically diverse campuses.

Location Information

Hilo is located on the Island of Hawaii, commonly called "The Big Island," about 200 air miles from the capital city of Honolulu. The nearest airport is located in Hilo, but has limited direct flights from the continental U.S.; most travelers enter Hawai'i through Honolulu and then take a short 40-minute flight to Hilo. Hilo is a rural community with limited public transportation, but has ample amenities, including shopping, dining and cultural attractions.

Payment Plan

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Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

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Location | Hilo
Population | 43,263
Enrollment | 3,539
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/14
Spring | 01/07-05/10

Campus Diversity

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White | 24%
Black | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Asian | 23%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 35%
Two or more | 14%
Other | 0%

Academics

-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Nursing, Education, Pharmacy Studies.

Limitations
Psychology, Communication, Kinesiology & Exercise Science. Students whose first language is not English may be required to take English language placement tests and English as a Second Language classes if they do not have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper) or 100 (Internet) or an IELTS score of 7.0.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Hawaiian Studies - The program provides a unique educational opportunity for students interested in Hawaiian culture, history, music, biology, geography, dance, and language and linguistics.
  • Marine Sciences - UH Hilo's island location in the Pacific makes it an ideal place to study marine sciences. The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans and an appreciation of the importance of marine ecosystems to the global environment and human life. The mission is accomplished through a combination of hands-on laboratory and field experience, inquiry-based instruction, and direct interactive learning and is supported by a broad background in the marine sciences, including basic knowledge of the natural science disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and mathematics.
  • Geology - Hilo’s unique natural setting on the slope of an active volcano makes it an ideal place to experience firsthand the scientific and dynamic aspects of geology.
  • Astronomy - The astronomy program leverages the astronomy infrastructure of Mauna Kea and the University Park of Science and Technology to provide students with knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, and training in modern methods of observational astronomy.
  • Business - Internships with local businesses and organizations may be available to qualified students.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Hawaiian Studies - The program provides a unique educational opportunity for students interested in Hawaiian culture, history, music, biology, geography, dance, and language and linguistics.
  • Japanese Studies - The Japanese Studies program offers a broad range of coursework and research opportunities for students that is designed to develop an understanding of Japan in all of its dimensions: culture, society, language, art, political science, history, music, and others.
  • Marine Sciences - UH Hilo's island location in the Pacific makes it an ideal place to study marine sciences. The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the world’s oceans and an appreciation of the importance of marine ecosystems to the global environment and human life. The mission is accomplished through a combination of hands-on laboratory and field experience, inquiry-based instruction, and direct interactive learning and is supported by a broad background in the marine sciences, including basic knowledge of the natural science disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and mathematics.
  • Geology - Hilo’s unique natural setting on the slope of an active volcano makes it an ideal place to experience firsthand the scientific and dynamic aspects of geology.
  • Astronomy - The astronomy program leverages the astronomy infrastructure of Mauna Kea and the University Park of Science and Technology to provide students with knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, and training in modern methods of observational astronomy.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Agricultural Sciences, Animal Sciences, Aquaculture, Horticulture, Plant Science

Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Hawaiian Studies, Japanese Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art

Athletics: Exercise Science

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication

Criminal Justice: Administration of Justice

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Geology

English: English, Linguistics

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences

Foreign Language: Hawaiian

General Studies: Gender Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Kinesiology

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

Marine Sciences: Marine Sciences

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Theater:

Conditions

Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 05/30/18.
  • Estimated cost: $3860.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/30/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $65 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $200 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card $10 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $25 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $50 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,400 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001611

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/30/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 16% living on campus
  • Suite: $6085 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: less than 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Hale 'Alahonua, the newest residence hall on campus, is the most common assignment. It is suite-style living and is approximately $5,517 for a single room and a meal plan. More affordable options, as low as $4,139 for a shared room and meal plan, are possible, but less likely.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2367.00 per semester for 7 meals per week.
  • $2566.00 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $2734.00 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
All Students assigned to Hale Kanilehua, Hale Kauanoe, Hale `Alahonua, and Hale Kehau are required to be on a Meal Plan. Plan A: 7 All-You-Care-to-Eat Meals/Week + 500 Flex Points $2,367.00/semester Plan B: 10 All-You-Care-to-Eat Meals/Week + 450 Flex Points $2,566.00/semester Plan C: 14 All-You-Care-to-Eat Meals/Week +325 Flex Points $2,734.00/semester Plan D: 175 meals per semester plus $300 in points $2,617.00/semester * The information, terms and conditions in the Housing brochure are part of the application contract for on-campus student housing at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo for the academic year. All cost figures and dates listed are subject to change with 30 day’s notice.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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