Hawaii Community College

  • 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 2,632 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the state community college average of 26:1.
Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 91%.

Top Rankings

Hawaii Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Hawaii for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 129 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Hawaii Community College(HI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty129 staff141 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Hawaii Community College has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 23:1 over five years.
The Hawaii Community College diversity score of 0.79 is less than the state average of 0.80. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,632 students3,137 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio20:126:1
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# Full-Time Students1,044 students1,044 students
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# Part-Time Students1,588 students2,093 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
4040
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% Asian
12%
26%
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% Hispanic
12%
10%
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% Black
1%
1%
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% White
10%
9%
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% Hawaiian
6%
4%
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% Two or more races
29%
24%
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% Non Resident races
29%
24%
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% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score0.790.80
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College Completion Rate
21%
17%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,300$33,900
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Hawaii Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of HI by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,870 is more than the state average of $2,815. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,718 is more than the state average of $7,663. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,870$2,815
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,718$7,663
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid74%65%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,250$4,977
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Source: 2019 (or 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

The nearest community college to Hawaii Community College is University of Hawaii Maui College (122.4 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 3,092 students | 122.40 Mi310 W Kaahumanu Ave
    Kahului, HI 96732
    (808) 984-3500
    122.403,092
  • 6,899 students | 206.90 Mi4303 Diamond Head Road
    Honolulu, HI 96816
    (808) 734-9000
    206.906,899
  • 3,541 students | 212.50 Mi874 Dillingham Blvd
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    (808) 845-9211
    212.503,541
  • 2,460 students | 212.80 Mi45-720 Keaahala Rd
    Kaneohe, HI 96744
    (808) 235-7400
    212.802,460
  • 6,709 students | 221.40 Mi96-045 Ala Ike
    Pearl City, HI 96782
    (808) 455-0011
    221.406,709
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Did You Know?
For Hawaii public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,815 per year for in-state students and $7,663 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Hawaii community colleges have a diversity score of 0.80, which is higher than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in Hawaii is University of Hawaii Maui College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.