UH Hilo ranked among top universities in the nation

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has been recognized as one of the top 300 universities in America.  There are more than 4,200 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States. The four-year university earned a 181–190 spot on a national list just released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the globe’s most-consulted rankings resource. The first edition list, QS World University Rankings: USA focused on diversity, employability and internationalization.

“At UH Hilo we make every effort to ensure that our international students can pursue their academic and personal goals in a welcoming and supportive environment,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin. “We are honored to have achieved this ranking, which testifies to the success of these efforts in support of students.”

Universities are ranked based upon research performance, career outcomes including a range of indicators that assess an institution’s social impact and attempts to foster equitability. QS assessed factors such as faculty gender diversity and a ratio of undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grants.

QS is hopeful the list will provide a much-needed perspective for students as they prepare for unchartered territory on their educational journey. Universities and colleges around the world are bracing for unforeseen impacts as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to QS, ongoing research reveals students are committed to pursuing their education and career goals.

  • UH Hilo has been named the most ethnically diverse campus among national universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Colleges rankings.
  • The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has been recognized as one of the top 300 universities in America. Out of more than 4,200 degree-granting postsecondary institutions, UH Hilo earned a 181–190 spot on a national list released in 2020 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the globe’s most-consulted rankings resource.
  • Did you know that UH Hilo is the only place in the nation where students can earn a Ph.D. in an Indigenous language and culture revitalization?
  • The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo is the only college of pharmacy in the Pacific region.
  • With UH Hilo class sizes averaging 20 or less, our students and faculty form personal connections that allow them to discover the world together through research and hands-on learning, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Hawaiʻi Island is a natural living laboratory of active volcanoes, deep oceans, lush rainforests and a rich cultural landscape. UH Hiloʻs bachelors and masters degree programs make the most of it all.
  • With one of the most affordable resident tuition rates in the state and more than $60 million awarded annually in financial aid and scholarships, UH Hilo is helping to break down barriers to higher education and open the doors of opportunity.
  • In 2018, the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac ranked UH Hilo #1 for the most diverse 4-year public university in the nation.
  • Through UH Hilo’s various distance learning programs, you have the flexibility of taking online classes from home. For those who work during the day, now you can earn your degree at night.
  • UH Hilo offers more than 250 online classes per academic year and serves over 4,000 students. You could be one of them.
  • Have a great time with fellow students by attending UH Hilo athletic events. The Vulcans compete in 12 sports at the NCAA Division II level in the Pacific West Conference.
  • UH Hilo offers over 50 different degrees. From Astronomy and Agriculture to Hawaiian Studies and Computer Science, UH Hilo has a path for you.
  • UH Hilo's College of Business and Economics is one of only two business schools in Hawaii accredited by AACSB. This is a distinction shared by fewer than five percent of business schools world-wide. Attending an AACSB-accredited institution ensures you are choosing one of the best business schools in the world.
  • Want to see the world?  UH Hilo can be your starting-off point.  Through the Study Abroad programs, you can pay resident tuition at the University of Hawai‘i, and study in faraway places including Brazil, China, New Zealand, South Korea, Scotland, and Japan.
  • Love the Ocean? UH Hilo students in the Semester-at-Sea program receive college credit while visiting a dozen different countries traveling on an educational cruise ship. Scholarships are available for this once in a lifetime learning opportunity.
  • UH Hilo students can participate in the National Student Exchange program, spending an academic year at one of over 150 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam - at resident tuition rates.