Hawaii Pacific University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University is a private, four-year university situated in Honolulu, Hawaii. It has a wide range of majors and programs across a host of academic departments. Students have plenty of opportunities to become engaged outside of the classroom, and the campus is home to 50 student organizations and clubs. HPU plays in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference (PacWest).


  • Total Enrollment: 4,086 (3,545 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male/59% Female
  • 67% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $27,350
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $19,200
  • Other Expenses: $2,354
  • Total Cost: $50,104

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,473
    • Loans: $7,337

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 60%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 38%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 30%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 47%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Acrobatics

Overview of Hawaii Pacific University Admissions

Hawaii Pacific University has an acceptance rate of 75% and accessible to most of those who apply. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the admission offices’ mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Hawaii Pacific University Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 520/620
    • SAT Math: 500/600
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Composite: 19/26
    • ACT English: 18/26
    • ACT Math: 19/29

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Hawaii Pacific University, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Hawaii Pacific University is currently out of your reach, you will be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Hawaii Pacific University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission to these schools.

Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Hawaii Pacific University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Hawaii Pacific University

Application Deadline: August 15

Undergraduate Admissions Website:


Undergraduate Application Link(s):  https://www.hpu.edu/admissions/apply/index.html

Graduate Admissions Website: https://www.hpu.edu/graduate-admissions/index.html

Graduate Application Link(s):


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