Hawaii Community College

200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Tel: (808)934-2500
3,186 students
Public institution
The mission of Hawai'i Community College is to provide the community with a responsive educational environment that empowers learners to develop skills and to be responsible and productive in a complex world.
School Highlights
Hawaii Community College serves 3,186 students (46% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
Minority enrollment is 82% of the student body (majority Asian), which is less than the state average of 87%.
Hawaii Community College is the only community colleges within Hawaii County, HI.
The nearest community college is University of Hawaii Maui College (122.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 129 teachers has declined by 27% over five years.
College Hawaii Community College (HI) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 129 staff 129 staff

Student Body

The student population of 3,186 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 18:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.79 is more than the state average of 0.75. The school's diversity has grown by 75% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,186 students 3,186 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 25:1 30:1
# Full-Time Students 1,450 students 1,325 students
# Part-Time Students 1,736 students 1,736 students
% Asian
21%
38%
% Hispanic
12%
9%
% Black
1%
1%
% White
18%
13%
% Hawaiian
11%
7%
% Two or more races
33%
26%
% Unknown races
1%
6%
% Non Resident races
3%
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Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.79 0.75

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,558 is more than the state average of $2,484. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,238 is more than the state average of $7,164. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,558 $2,484
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,238 $7,164
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 82% 75%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The forerunner of the College was the Hawai'i Vocational School, established in 1941 by an act of the Territorial Legislature. Its prime responsibility was to provide vocational education for the youth of the island of Hawai'i. Trade programs offered when the school opened were Automotive Mechanics, Carpentry, Dressmaking, Machine Shop, and Sheet Metal & Welding. The period following World War II saw the growth of new programs designed to meet the expanding needs of business and industry. In 1947, a Diesel Mechanics program was started. Architectural Drafting began in 1951; Food Service in 1952; and Electricity in1955. In 1956, with the advancement in technology and the expansion of educational opportunities into broader fields of technical training; the institution was renamed the Hawai'i Technical School. New programs were added later, Business Education 1958, and the Automotive Body Repair & Painting, Electronics, and Practical Nursing programs in 1966. Hawai'i Community College offers over 30 Degree, Certificate, and Non-credit programs. Students can choose to begin a 4-year baccalaureate degree, and save 25-60% on in-state tuition costs by taking undergraduate liberal arts courses offered here. These general and pre-professional students may earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. Career and technical majors may earn an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), an Associate in Technical Studies (A.T.S.), or a Certificate of Achievement (C.A.) in one of the 20 career and technical programs. Certificates of Completion (C.C.) are also available in Nurse's Aide, Residential Care Home Operator, Hotel Operations, Human Services and Food Services. A variety of non-credit programs, supported by the College, are offered through the Office of Continuing Education. Hawaii Community College is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Nearby Schools

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  • Remington College-Honolulu Campus
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Did You Know?
For Hawaii public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,495 per year for in-state students and $7,531 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,580 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Hawaii community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.75, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Hawaii is Hawaii Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.