Aug 20, 2017


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.

HawaiiAccording 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.

Top Reasons to Study in Hawaii

  • Quality of Life: Hawaii’s all year round mild weather and sandy beaches are a major draw. A 2014 ranking by CNBC rated Hawaii as having the best quality of life among all states in America.
  • Employment Prospects:Tourism is Hawaii’s major industry, making the state an attractive destination for students wanting to pursue careers in the travel and recreation sector. It is also home to the world’s largest marine wildlife reserve, providing unique employment, research and study opportunities for biological, marine and botanical sciences.

Featured Colleges and 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.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
University of Hawaii at Hilo Finance,Marketing,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Hawaii at Manoa Biology,Business,Social Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info