4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 6,488 students (34% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is higher than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Asian), which is more than the state average of 89%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,488 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,796
  • Out-state tuition: $7,644
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 90%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 443 teachers has grown by 12% over five years.
Kapiolani Community College
(HI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
443 staff
269 staff
This chart display total faculty of Kapiolani Community College and community college average number of faculty in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Kapiolani Community College has declined by 18% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 31:1 over five years.
The Kapiolani Community College diversity score of 0.75 is less than the state average of 0.77. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,488 students
3,042 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Kapiolani Community College and community college average number of enrollment of HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
13:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Kapiolani Community College and community college average student staff ratio of HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
2,186 students
1,056 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time students enrollment of Kapiolani Community College and average number of community college Full-time students enrollment of HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
4,302 students
1,986 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Kapiolani Community College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Kapiolani Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of HI.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
494 students
242 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,186 students
1,056 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Kapiolani Community College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,302 students
1,871 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
40 students
% Asian
40%
32%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Kapiolani Community College and the percentage of Asian community college students in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Hispanic
11%
14%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Kapiolani Community College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Black
1%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Kapiolani Community College and the percentage of Black community college students in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% White
10%
11%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Kapiolani Community College and the percentage of White community college students in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Hawaiian
3%
5%
This chart display the percentage of Hawaiian students in Kapiolani Community College and the percentage of Hawaiian community college students in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Two or more races
24%
30%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Kapiolani Community College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Non Resident races
9%
4%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Kapiolani Community College and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Unknown races
2%
3%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Kapiolani Community College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in HI.
Diversity Score
0.75
0.77
This chart display the diversity score of Kapiolani Community College and the community college average diversity score of HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
4.53%
2.21%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Kapiolani Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of HI by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.87%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$39,500
$34,800
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Kapiolani 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 and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,796 is less than the state average of $2,815. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% 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 declined by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,796
$2,815
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Kapiolani Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,644
$7,663
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Kapiolani Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
57%
62%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Kapiolani Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in HI by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$10,000
$9,969
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Kapiolani Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in HI by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,599
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Kapiolani Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in HI by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Kapiolani Community College cost?

Kapiolani Community College's tuition is approximately $2,796 for In-State students and $7,644 for Out-State students.

What is Kapiolani Community College's ranking?

Kapiolani Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Hawaii for: Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

Recent Articles

10 STEM Degrees You Can Earn at Your Local Community College
10 STEM Degrees You Can Earn at Your Local Community College
We highlight some of the best degrees offered by community colleges in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Community College Students Headed to NASA
Community College Students Headed to NASA
Some community college scholars have been selected by NASA to design robotic rovers. Learn about the program and some of the students selected.
Get Your Feet Wet with a WaterBotics Camp at Your Local Community College
Get Your Feet Wet with a WaterBotics Camp at Your Local Community College
This summer, community colleges across the country have been participating in an innovative program known as “Waterbotics,” developed at the Stevens Institute of Technology by the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,488 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,796
  • Out-state tuition: $7,644
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 90%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Related School Videos

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 0.77, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Hawaii is University of Hawaii Maui College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

Quick Links