HPU Listed Among “Best Western Colleges”

February 04, 2010

... and U.S.News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”

Hawai‘i Pacific University has been named one of the 123 best Western colleges in the United States, according to The Princeton Review, and is ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities, according to the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges,” which is posted on the magazine’s Web page (www.usnews.com). HPU is featured in the “Best Colleges: Region by Region” section of PrincetonReview.com, receiving the “Best in the West” designation.

“No school is best for all students,” says The Princeton Review’s publisher and editorial director Robert Franek. “We compile ranking in multiple categories to give college applicants and their parents a wide range of information to decide which of these academically outstanding colleges will be the best for them. It’s all about the fit.”

Earlier in the year, HPU was also named one of the best overall values among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation, according to The Princeton Review 2007 edition guidebook, “America’s Best Value Colleges.”

“It is nice for Hawai‘i Pacific University to be recognized by these guidebooks for our efforts as a nationwide leader in providing a rigorous and quality education to our students,” said HPU President Chatt G. Wright. “I encourage anyone who is interested to learn more about HPU to contact our Admissions Department, via HPU’s website, and arrange a tour of our three campuses and facilities.”

In order to be listed, colleges and universities needed to meet the publisher’s standards for academic excellence within their region. Also, student input played an important factor in the college selections. Students were asked to rate their schools by academics, admission, financial aid, quality of life, and student body. The Princeton Review conducted an 80-question survey, asking 120,000 students at 654 colleges across the country to rate their schools and report on their campus experiences. The Princeton Review categorizes the schools into 62 different ranking lists.

According to The Princeton Review, HPU students responded to the survey saying:

Student Body
“HPU’s international student body makes the learning experience even greater.”
“When your school is made up of international students, it’s hard not to turn a corner and see the diversity that surrounds you.”
“We are all minorities on this campus. Germans, Dutch, French, Italians, Hawaiians, Chinese, Japanese – there are no majorities. We all learn from each other. Students from around the globe inhabit our beautiful campus and mingle with the local students in harmony.”
“The ages of students run from 18 to 45, with many in their mid- to late-20s. We have parents and single moms. There are people who work full time and people who don’t work at all.”

“There is a clear emphasis on global citizenship permeating the curriculum at Hawai‘i Pacific University.”
“The university further promotes cultural awareness through its student body, which represents more than 100 countries around the world.”
“Students appreciate HPU’s small class sizes, which make discussion and participation easier and professors who are very passionate about what they teach.”
“College hasn’t been easy by any means. HPU definitely pushes you academically.”

Campus Life
“It’s the best of both worlds. The campus on the windward side of the island has the relaxed feel of a residential university, and the downtown campus is in the heart of the city’s business and financial center.”
“HPU provides transportation to and from both of the campuses during the weekdays and weekends as well.”

In U.S.News & World Report’s universities-master’s category, HPU is listed in the third tier of the best of western regional universities. Schools listed in this category offer a full range of undergraduate programs and provide graduate education at the master’s level. HPU is measured against more than 570 peer institutions in their respective categories.