Rankings and Achievements

Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) has received a number of accolades for academic excellence, international diversity, and the affordability of the private education we offer. 

Academic Excellence

• Hawai‘i Pacific University is recognized for having one of the BEST ONLINE MBA PROGRAMS IN THE U.S., according to a 2014 survey of international business programs conducted by THEBESTSCHOOLS.ORG. HPU was ranked number 18 out of the top 25 online MBA programs in International Business. HPU is the only Hawaii-based school on the list. To read more, click here.

• In U.S. News and World Report’s annual review of colleges, “BEST COLLEGES 2014,” Hawai‘i Pacific University is ranked among the top Regional Universities in the West. Hawai’i Pacific University climbed up 10 places in the newest list of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Universities in the Western U.S.; and a total of 16 places in two years — an increase that officials say is uncommon. HPU is the top-ranked private university in Hawai’i, and while it places in a four-way tie for 71st among the Western regional campuses, it is now among the top 45 private campuses in that category and among the top five private universities not associated with a religious institution. For more information, click here.

• HPU’s Nursing Program was recognized in U.S. News and World Report’S annual review of graduate schools, “BEST HEALTH SCHOOLS 2013.” For more information, click here.

• PRINCETON REVIEW rated HPU a “BEST WESTERN” COLLEGE Recognition from Princeton Review in its “2014 BEST COLLEGES: REGION BY REGION” review of U.S. Colleges, recognizing HPU as one of the top 124 colleges in the western region. For more information on Princeton Review regional rankings, click here.

Value and Affordability

• According to PAYSCALE’S 2014 COLLEGE RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI) REPORT, Hawai‘i Pacific University is RANKED BEST IN HAWAI’I FOR RETURN ON INVESTMENT. HPU graduates are reported to have a 20-year return on investment of $250,500, which is more than $65,000 above its closest in-state peer. The report also indicated that an average graduate from HPU earns $44,700 as a typical starting salary, the highest in the state of Hawaii. For more information, click here.

HAWAI‘I PACIFIC UNIVERSITY RANKS FIRST among Hawai’i private colleges and universities in “LIFETIME RETURN ON INVESTMENT,” according to AFFORDABLECOLLEGESONLINE.ORG (ACO), an organization dedicated to measuring value in higher education. ACO ranked schools nationwide for investment return, assessing earnings over a 30-year span, as measured by PayScale.com, compared to costs-to-attend, as reported to federal agencies. HPU’s ROI of $414,000 was more than $100,000 ahead of the closest in-state, private university peer. Click here to read more.

• HPU was recognized in the 2013-2014 PAYSCALE COLLEGE SALARY REPORT as one of the “TOP WEST COAST SCHOOLS FOR SALARY POTENTIAL.” HPU is ranked No. 55 out of 96 schools in the West Coast region and NO.1 IN THE STATE OF HAWAI’I FOR SALARY POTENTIAL. This study was based on the starting median salary, as well as the mid-career salary of college graduates with a bachelor’s degree. For more information, click here.

• Bloomberg Businessweek magazine recognized HPU among the “BEST COLLEGES FOR RETURN ON INVESTMENT.” For more information, click here.

• Hawai‘i Pacific University regularly has the rare honor of being included in Barron’s Best Buy BARRON’S “BEST BUYS IN COLLEGE EDUCATION” book. HPU is one of only 247 colleges and universities featured in the 2010 guide, which selects institutions that provide a high-quality educational experience at an affordable price. Barron’s evaluates tuition rates, financial aid, student-faculty ratio, freshman profile, a survey of student satisfaction, and other data in making its decisions.

International Diversity

HPU RANKS #1 IN THE NATION FOR DIVERSITY IN 2014, according to USA TODAY. HPU earned the #1 spot among the “Top Ten Most Diverse Colleges in the U.S.” For more information, click here.

HPU IS THE MOST DIVERSE UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION, according to a 2013 online study conducted by COLLEGE FACTUAL. HPU earned a 91.4 percent overall diversity score, which looks at ethnic, gender and geographic diversity. For more information, click here.

• HPU is the leading university in the United States in the number of study abroad students it hosts each year from foreign universities.

• Hawai‘i Pacific University is consistently ranked one of the TOP MASTER’S UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE WORLD FOR INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY by the INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (IIE). IIE is considered the preeminent source for international enrollment as the publisher of OPEN DOORS, the annual publication on international enrollment at U.S. universities. Click here to see IIE rankings by institution type.

• A 2012 report from NAFSA: Association of International Educators shows that international students studying at HPU generate a larger impact on the Hawaii economy than international students studying at any other Hawaii university – about equal to the total of international students studying at the University of Hawaii’s Hilo, Manoa, Maui and West Oahu campuses. combined.

• In the ALMANAC OF HIGHER EDUCATION 2012, HPU was named among the top universities “WITH THE MOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.” For more information, click here.

• Hawai‘i Pacific University was recognized by U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT as one of the top universities in the western region with the “MOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.” For more information, click here.

Military Friendly

• Hawai‘i Pacific University is named “BEST FOR VETS” in the 2014 MILITARY TIMES COLLEGES RANKINGS. The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

• HPU is named “HAWAII’S MILITARY FRIENDLY UNIVERSITY.” HPU is once again the state’s only university to appear on the MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS® LIST, the annual recognition of America’s leading campuses in providing educational service to military service members, veterans, and spouses. For more information, click here.

• For the past five years, HPU has been selected as a “TOP MILITARY-FRIENDLY SCHOOL” by the Military Advanced Education (MAE) magazine. In the 2013 GUIDE TO TOP MILITARY-FRIENDLY COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES, HPU has been selected as a top military-friendly school, placing in the top 10 percent for quality academic programs and support for veterans. For more information click here.

• Hawai‘i Pacific University has been recognized again as one of the top “MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS” in the nation for 2013 by the annual G.I. JOBS list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. For more information click here.

Other Noteworthy Recognitions

• Honolulu is recognized as one of the “BEST SMALL CITIES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS” in 2014, according to the AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH (AIER). Information regarding student life, culture, economic health, and opportunity were considered in this ranking. Click here to read more.

• Hawai‘i is named the HEALTHIEST STATE IN 2013 by the United Health Foundation. Click here to read more.

• Honolulu is considered one of “AMERICA’S 20 BEST CITIES” to live by Bloomberg Businessweek. This 2012 study was based on leisure amenities, educational metrics, economic conditions, and crime and air quality. Click here to read more.

• Honolulu is recognized as a “TOP COLLEGE DESTINATION” in the 2012 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH COLLEGE DESTINATIONS INDEX (AIER CDI). For more information click here.

• HAWAI‘I IS RANKED #1 on a well-being survey for the fourth year in a row, according to a new Gallup poll. For more information, click here.

• Honolulu ranked No.6 in NerdWallet’s “20 BEST PLACES FOR 20-SOMETHINGS,” which revealed the best metropolitans for young professionals looking to settle down in an area with a great social and economic environment. Honolulu had the lowest unemployment rate on Nerdwallet’s list, which means it’s a great place for 20-somethings looking to start their careers, as well as enjoy the benefits of living in Hawai‘i. NerdWallet ranked U.S. metropolitan areas according to economic opportunities, cultural events and activities, housing, and cost of living. For more information click here.

• Hawai‘i is ranked #1 in CNBC’s “AMERICA’S TOP STATES FOR QUALITY OF LIFE.” CNBC looked at a variety of factors including crime, health care, local attractions and environmental quality. Click here to learn more.

• HPU was voted one of the “MOST VEGAN-FRIENDLY COLLEGES” for 2010 by youth animal rights group, peta2. HPU ranked #8 in the Small U.S. Schools category. For more information, click here.