September ranks HPU among the best Western schools for salary potential

September 18, 2013


HONOLULU — A new report from noted salary tracking website ranks Hawai‘i Pacific University among the best Western schools for salary potential, above its in-state peers.

HPU is ranked No. 55 out of 96 schools in the West Coast region. reports the starting annual salary potential for an HPU graduate is $44,700. Mid-career salary potential of graduates is listed at $79,000, nearly $7,000 above the university’s closest in-state peer.

The listing is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data for bachelor’s graduates without higher degrees who are full-time employees in the United States. For ranking methodology, see

HPU also recently placed first among Hawai‘i private colleges and universities in “Lifetime Return on Investment,” by (ACO). HPU’s ROI of $414,000 placed it significantly ahead of in-state private campus peers, according to ACO. The university leapt 10 places in the U.S. News & World Report annual “Best Colleges” rankings released last week and was included in Princeton Review’s recent “Best in the West” listing of the top 124 campuses in the 15 Western states.

“Preparing our students for success as graduates in a global economy is the most important responsibility we have as a university,” said HPU Provost Matthew Liao-Troth. “The PayScale measure shows our graduates are increasingly valued in the workplace. Our rigorous liberal arts base and strong professional degree programs ensure that our students have the ability to make an impact immediately upon entering the workforce. As these rankings indicate, that impact only grows over the course of their careers.”

The university offers 54 undergraduate degrees in a diverse range of disciplines, including Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, International Business and Management Information Systems, as well as Engineering through dual degree programs with the University of Southern California and Washington University. HPU’s leading Hawai’i alumni include U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawai’i Pacific Health President/CEO Ray Vara and Pacxa President/CEO Gordon Bruce.