HPU Makes Princeton Review's Best Colleges in the West List

August 07, 2015

Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawai‘i Pacific University is one of the best colleges in the West, according to The Princeton Review.HPU

The education services company lists HPU among its “Best in the West” recommended schools in its recent “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature. Only 125 colleges in fifteen Western states made the list at

“We chose Hawai‘i Pacific University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher.

In its profile of HPU, The Princeton Review notes that “Marine biology, oceanography, nursing, and travel industry management are all stellar.”

“The faculty and staff are very dedicated to making HPU a transformative experience for our students,” said HPU Provost Matthew Liao-Troth, Ph.D. “From our new student Waterfront Lofts and facilities at Aloha Tower Marketplace to constantly improving our academic offerings to meet the passions of today’s students, we really put the student experience first.”

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues. Student comments in HPU’s profile include: "A person can go around the whole world simply by meeting new people from different countries,” “I love the diversity," and “Professors are smart, qualified, very enthusiastic about their subjects, and very willing to help the students.”

“We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added. “We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional 'best' college selections.”

“We are pleased to be selected by the Princeton Review as a Best in the West school and reading how students value their learning and cultural experiences here at Hawai‘i Pacific University,” said Liao-Troth. “In this our 50th year, we are proud to be a high quality, high value, global education in the heart of the Pacific Rim.”

The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits. The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University. See

Founded in 1965, Hawai'i Pacific University has grown to become the state's leading private, non-profit university, with a student population of nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and nearly 80 countries around the world. It has campuses in Downtown Honolulu, Kaneohe, and Makapu‘u. USA Today has named it the most diverse university in the nation.