Hawaii Community College

200 W. Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Tel: (808)934-2500
  • 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 25% over five years.
Hawaii Community College(HI) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty129 staff129 staff
Hawaii Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,186 has declined by 18% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 21:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.79 is more than the state average of 0.76. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,186 students3,809 students
Hawaii Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio25:130:1
Hawaii Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,450 students1,325 students
Hawaii Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,736 students2,484 students
Hawaii Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Hawaii Community College Enrollment Breakdown HI All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
21%
37%
Hawaii Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
12%
9%
Hawaii Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
1%
1%
Hawaii Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
18%
13%
Hawaii Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
11%
7%
Hawaii Community College Hawaiian (2011-2016)
% Two or more races
33%
27%
Hawaii Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
3%
3%
Hawaii Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
1%
3%
Hawaii Community College Ethnicity Breakdown HI All Ethnic Groups 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.0.790.76
Hawaii Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
21%
15%
Hawaii Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,300$33,900
Hawaii Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,870 is more than the state average of $2,815. The in-state tuition has grown by 16% 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 grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,870$2,815
Hawaii Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,718$7,663
Hawaii Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid82%71%
Hawaii Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,750$7,750
Hawaii Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,178$4,750
Hawaii Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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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. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,950 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 0.76, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Hawaii is Hawaii Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.