Hawaii Community College

200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Tel: (808)934-2500
3,406 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 3,406 students (47% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 84% of the student body (majority Asian), which is less than the state average of 86%.
Hawaii Community College is the only community colleges within Hawaii County, HI.
The nearest community college is University of Hawaii Maui College (122.6 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 137 teachers has declined by 14% over five years.
Hawaii Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 137 staff
59 staff
Hawaii Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,406 teachers has grown by 30% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.77 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 79% over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,406 students
1,282 students
Hawaii Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 25:1
22:1
Hawaii Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,598 students
810 students
Hawaii Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,808 students
1,017 students
Hawaii Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Hawaii Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
17%
2%
Hawaii Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
13%
1%
Hawaii Community College Hawaiian (2010-2013)
% Hispanic
15%
7%
Hawaii Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
1%
12%
Hawaii Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
16%
57%
Hawaii Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
36%
2%
Hawaii Community College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
1%
3%
Hawaii Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
2%
2%
Hawaii Community College non_resident (2006-2013)
Hawaii Community College Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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. 0.77 0.53
Hawaii Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,678 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,430 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,678 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,430 $10,294
Hawaii Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 76%
89%
Hawaii Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (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.

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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 0.53. The most diverse community college in Hawaii is University of Hawaii Maui College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.