Hawaii Pacific University is a private college located in downtown Honolulu. The school was founded as Hawaii Pacific College in 1965, and expanded following a merger with Honolulu Christian College. Today, the campus attracts 7,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduates per year, with international students from more than 100 countries. Both the institution and its individual departments have received national accolades; most recently, HPU was listed among the “Best Health Schools” by U.S. News & World Report for its graduate nursing program. The college also strives to give back to the community by issuing a Fellow of the Pacific award to noteworthy community leaders; recipients of the award include current Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie and former Mayor Peter Carlisle.
The downtown campus is centrally located in Fort Street Mall, allowing students easy access to Honolulu’s residential areas and points of interest. High-tech classrooms and libraries provide students with business reference materials, computer labs with over 400 machines, tutoring centers, and community study areas. In addition to the downtown campus, students may enroll at the Hawai’i Loa Campus in Kaneohe or the Ocean Institute location in Waimanalo.
Prospective ‘brick-and-mortar’ students may explore more than 50 bachelor’s degrees, in fields such as education, nursing, social work, and business administration. Graduate students can choose from 14 areas, including information systems, global leadership, and teaching English to speakers of other languages. HPU also offers certificates for those looking to gain an edge in their careers. Also offered are HPU’s online master’s degrees in organizational change or business administration; these web-based programs are synchronous, meaning they mimic the course schedules of their classroom counterparts. Hawaii Pacific University online degree programs are awarded accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Students entering the business administration program may commit to four concentrations, including information systems, management, international business, and organizational change and development.
With three campus locations nestled around the city of Honolulu — a hub of tourism, outdoor recreation, and international business — Hawaii Pacific University provides students with a truly memorable collegiate setting. HPU is also recognized as a leader in higher education, thanks to a wide range of academic offerings and positive relations within the local political and cultural scheme. All of these factors combine to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for students within one of the country’s most eclectic cities.