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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by Parents

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by Parents

Q: Where is Hawai'i Pacific University located?

A: Hawai'i Pacific University, located in the U.S. in the state of Hawai'i, offers both a vibrant urban campus and a traditional residential campus.  Its main campus is located in downtown Honolulu, the business and financial center of the Pacific. Just eight miles from downtown is the windward Hawai'i Loa campus. Situated on 135 acres in Kaneohe, this is the site of the Division of Nursing and Marine Science program, as well as courses for other HPU majors. Students may take classes on both campuses, as the two are connected by a free intercampus shuttle system.
Q: How large is the University?

A: Combined, approximately 5,550 students attend HPU’s downtown and windward Hawai'i Loa campuses. About 4,000 students study on the downtown campus and 1,500 attend the Hawai'i Loa campus. Approximately, 3,000 students attend HPU on one of eight military satellite campuses on O'ahu.
Q: Where do HPU students come from?

A: Students at HPU come from every state in the U.S. and more than 80 countries.  The diversity of the student body stimulates cross-cultural learning first-hand, both in and outside of the classroom. There is no majority population at HPU –- students are involved in a multiethnic living laboratory. Your son or daughter will develop friendships with students from throughout the United States and the world, making important connections in the global society.
Q: What can students expect in the classroom?

A: Hawai'i Pacific University's dedicated faculty put a priority on teaching. At HPU, you won't find teaching assistants in the classroom, only qualified professors. HPU has an average class size of under 25, so students get to know their professors as individuals and mentors alike. Each member of the HPU faculty is actively involved in his or her academic field and brings this experience to the classroom. Many faculty are renowned leaders in their particular disciplines.
Q: How will a degree from HPU help my son or daughter begin a career?

A: Hawai'i Pacific University's academic and co-curricular programs are intertwined with the world of work. The University offers a comprehensive cooperative education/internship program in which a student may enroll throughout a four-year course of study, earning academic credit, and a salary and gaining significant experience in a career-related position. At the upper division level, the placement is generally an internship with a leading Honolulu firm.  Recent internship employers include: Aloha Airlines; Bank of Hawai'i; City and County of Honolulu; State of Hawai'i; Hilton Hawai'ian Village Hotel; IBM; KGMB-TV and Radio; Merrill Lynch; New York Life; Ogilvy & Mather; Price Waterhouse; Sears, Roebuck and Company; Sheraton; Starr, Siegle, McComb; United States agencies and departments, and Walt Disney World. Additionally, the University's Career Services Center works with students throughout their academic career assisting them in preparing for the world of work. Use the Career Services link located on the right side of the page for services provided for career-minded students.
Q: What are some university activities in which my son or daughter can participate?

A: Hawai'i Pacific University has many different clubs and organizations from which to choose, including a literary magazine and pep band. Pre-professional, cultural and social organizations, honor and service societies, and student government positions are also available. Students may also participate in dances, service projects, intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, cheerleading, and many other activities. Use the Student Life link located on the right side of the page for further information about co-curricular life at HPU.
Q: What type of academic advising will my son or daughter receive?

A: Hawai'i Pacific University has a staff of professional academic advisors whose primary responsibility is to assist students with academic programs and guide them through the registration process. Students meet with an advisor prior to every semester for course scheduling and receive academic and personal counseling throughout the year as needed. Because of this, HPU expects its students to graduate in four years. Use the link located at the bottom of the page for further information on academic advising at HPU. Students may complete their degree in even less time by taking advantage of our summer offerings. Use the link located on the right side of the page to learn more about HPU's summer program.
Q: How safe is the campus?

A: Honolulu is rated as the safest city of more than 500,000 people in the country and HPU's campuses reflect this. If your son or daughter follows good sense rules of personal safety he or she is not likely to have any problems.
Q: How much does it cost to attend HPU?

A: Use the link located on the left of the page for undergraduate tuition information.
Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Yes, Hawai'i Pacific University encourages eligible U.S. students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of March 1 so that their eligibility for various financial aid programs can be determined. For an estimated financial aid package use the net price calculator link on the right side of the page. Additional information and assistance may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office at (808) 544-0253 or toll-free 1-866-CALL-HPU (U.S. and Canada only), or use the Financial Aid link located on the left side of the page for further information.