Located off the south west coast of the US mainland, Hawaii comprises hundreds of islands, spread over 1,500 miles. The eight biggest islands are Ni'ihau, Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, Maui, Kaho'olawe, and the island of Hawaii. The latter is also often referred to as the Big Island because it's the largest. Honolulus is the state capital, and is located on the island of O'ahu, which is also home to the state's main airport.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Hawaii had a population of 1,360,301. It is the 11th least populous state in the country and the 8th smallest state. Hawaii’s ocean coastline is about 750 miles long. The island is famous for its diverse natural scenery, warm weather, and active volcanoes – all of which make it a hugely popular destination for tourists, scientists and nature lovers. Tourism is the major industry. The cost of living in Hawaii is relatively high compared to many other states, although it is not as high as in New York and San Francisco.
The University of Hawai‘i System includes 10 campuses and dozens of educational, training and research centers across the Hawaiian Islands. There are also several private universities.
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Hawaii, contact the Hawaii State Department of Education.