1175 Manono Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 2,430 students (39% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 90%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,430 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,870
  • Out-state tuition: $7,718
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 90%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Hawaii Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Hawaii for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 253 teachers has grown by 96% over five years.
Hawaii Community College
(HI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
253 staff
269 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Hawaii Community College has declined by 23% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 25:1 over five years.
The Hawaii Community College diversity score of 0.72 is less than the state average of 0.75. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,430 students
2,936 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
950 students
950 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,480 students
2,093 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
147 students
189 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
950 students
950 students
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# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,480 students
2,093 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
40 students
40 students
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% Asian
17%
36%
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% Hispanic
18%
12%
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% Black
n/a
1%
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% White
10%
10%
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% Hawaiian
8%
4%
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% Two or more races
45%
30%
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% Non Resident races
2%
5%
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% Unknown races
1%
2%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in HI.
Diversity Score
0.72
0.75
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.3%
2.21%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.87%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,300
$34,800
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Tuition 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 declined by 6% 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 declined by 6% 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 Aid
76%
66%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Hawaii Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in HI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$9,969
$9,969
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Hawaii Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in HI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,250
$5,599
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hawaii Community College cost?

Hawaii Community College's tuition is approximately $2,870 for In-State students and $7,718 for Out-State students.

What is Hawaii Community College's ranking?

Hawaii Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Hawaii for: Percent of students receiving financial aid.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,430 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,870
  • Out-state tuition: $7,718
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 90%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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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 0.75, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Hawaii is Kapiolani Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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