Kapiolani Community College

4303 Diamond Head Rd
Honolulu, HI 96816-4421
Tel: (808)734-9000
  • 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.
School Highlights
  • Kapiolani Community College serves 7,994 students (37% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is higher than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Asian), which is more than the state average of 87%.
  • Kapiolani Community College is one of 5 community colleges within Honolulu County, HI.
  • The nearest community college is Remington College-Honolulu Campus (4.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 262 teachers has declined by 33% over five years.
Kapiolani 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 Faculty262 staff129 staff
Kapiolani Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 7,994 has declined by 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.73 is less than the state average of 0.76. The school's diversity has grown by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,994 students3,809 students
Kapiolani Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio31:130:1
Kapiolani Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,994 students1,325 students
Kapiolani Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,000 students2,484 students
Kapiolani Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Kapiolani Community College Enrollment Breakdown HI All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Kapiolani Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Kapiolani Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Kapiolani Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Kapiolani Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Kapiolani Community College Hawaiian (2011-2016)
% Two or more races
Kapiolani Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Kapiolani Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
Kapiolani Community College Ethnicity Breakdown HI All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.730.76
Kapiolani Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Kapiolani Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,500$33,900
Kapiolani Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,796 is less than the state average of $2,815. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,644 is less than the state average of $7,663. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,796$2,815
Kapiolani Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,644$7,663
Kapiolani Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid51%71%
Kapiolani Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,500$7,750
Kapiolani Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$4,750
Kapiolani Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • 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.

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Did You Know?
Honolulu County, HI community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Honolulu County, HI is Remington College-Honolulu Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.