Kapiolani Community College
- The College started as a postsecondary technical school in 1957. In 1965, the school was transferred to the University of Hawai‘i system and renamed Kapi‘olani Community College. Subsequently, the College has expanded its occupational offerings and added the Liberal Arts program, which allows students to undertake course work leading to a baccalaureate degree. It has also added the Continuing Education and Training program, which offers short-term noncredit courses.
Kapiolani Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Hawaii for:
- Category Attribute
- Community Size Largest student body
- Student Earnings Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation)
- The teacher population of 262 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Kapiolani Community College||(HI) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||262 staff||129 staff|
|Total Enrollment||7,994 students||3,809 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||31:1||30:1|
|# Full-Time Students||2,994 students||1,325 students|
|# Part-Time Students||5,000 students||2,484 students|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$39,500||$33,900|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- The College is located on a scenic 44-acre site in Honolulu, on the island of O‘ahu. It is next to world-renowned Diamond Head Crater, about a mile from Waikiki Beach. Besides the very popular liberal arts program, Kapi‘olani Community College is also known for strong technical, occupational and professional programs. Outreach Kapi‘olani Community College offers a large variety of non-credit programs, many of which are combined in innovative ways with departmental credit courses. National Recognition Programs including culinary studies, health sciences, emergency medical services and legal assistance have received national recognition. Kapi‘olani Community College is dedicated to helping students attain their highest educational potential and providing them with a firm foundation for lifelong learning. The College is committed to providing a full range of programs and support services designed to suit students' needs—whether they are recent high school graduates, international students, or the presidents of their own companies. Kapiolani Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
- The nearest community college to Kapiolani Community College is Remington College-Honolulu Campus (4.7 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 442 students | 4.70 Mi1111 Bishop St Ste 400
Honolulu,  HI  96813
- 4,144 students | 5.70 Mi874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu,  HI  96817
- 2,661 students | 9.60 Mi45-720 Keaahala Rd
Kaneohe,  HI  96744
- 7,742 students | 14.40 Mi96-045 Ala Ike
Pearl City,  HI  96782
- 3,809 students | 89.30 Mi310 W Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului,  HI  96732
Against massive budget cuts, community colleges have been forced to take drastic measures, including cutting entire programs ranging from the culinary arts to athletics.
Many students enroll in community college with the intent of transferring to a four-year school. Of those who do, many succeed, and yet traditional colleges and universities continue to overlook them. Read on to learn more about why more community college students don’t transfer schools and to receive some tips for making the transfer yourself.
Community college is the only option for many students who either can’t afford a traditional four-year university or who need a more flexible school environment. Just because community college is different, however, doesn’t mean that its students matter any less. The Aspen Prize exists to encourage community colleges to do more for their students and to continually strive for improvement.