2022 Top Private Universities in Hawaii

Private universities frequently top the lists of the best schools in the U.S. These institutions offer rigorous academic programs for students looking for a personalized college experience.

Private universities generally cost more than their public counterparts, but students often receive the benefits of smaller class sizes, strong alumni networks, and generous financial aid opportunities.

Unlike public universities, private institutions do not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state tuition. This means students from anywhere can enroll in Hawaii’s private universities without paying higher out-of-state rates.

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    #1

    Pacific Rim Christian University

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    25%

    Enrollment

    147

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11400

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11400

    Pacific Rim Christian University enrolls students at its Honolulu, Hawaii campus as a private institution. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Students who complete an academic or technical program enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor's degree. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution reports that 75% of students receive aid, and 53% receive loans. The institution reports a 25% graduation rate. Prospective learners can expect admission rates of 60%. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. Pacific Rim Christian University holds accreditation from the Association for Bibical Higher Educaiton, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    Remington College-Honolulu Campus

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    61%

    Enrollment

    22

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16614

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16614

    Remington College-Honolulu Campus, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, often ranks as one of the best schools. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Academic and technical programs help students reach their professional goals. Academic programs generally take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete depending on degree or certificate type. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. The school's accreditation status is unknown at this time.

    #3

    Brigham Young University-Hawaii

    Laie, HI

    Graduation Rate

    67%

    Enrollment

    3,180

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5890

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5890

    Located in Laie, Hawaii, Brigham Young University-Hawaii grants degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The school's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. The school holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #4

    Chaminade University of Honolulu

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    2,208

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26800

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26800

    Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps students reach their professional goals. Bachelor's programs incorporate lower-division and upper-division coursework. Students also take general education coursework during their bachelor's degree. In upper-division classes, undergraduates learn advanced concepts in their major. The school supports students with tutoring and career services. The cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #5

    University of Phoenix-Hawaii

    Kapolei, HI

    Graduation Rate

    19%

    Enrollment

    117

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9552

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9552

    Located in Hawaii, University of Phoenix-Hawaii offers 19 programs for students. The institution's many rigorous academic programs rank among the best in the nation. The school reports a 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. According to the institution, 100% of students receive some form of financial aid. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 19%. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #6

    Hawaii Pacific University

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    4,243

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $28800

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28800

    Located in Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University offers 109 programs for students. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. According to the institution, the student-to-faculty ratio stands at 16-to-1. The institution reports that 97% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. The private institution reports a 46% graduation rate. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. As a result, the institution offers internships, research opportunities, and other forms of experiential learning. Hopeful learners can expect admission rates of 81%. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission.

    #7

    Hawaii Medical College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    74%

    Enrollment

    150

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $25387

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $25387

    Hawaii Medical College, which offers programs from its Honolulu, Hawaii campus, often ranks among the top schools. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training, an independent accrediting body.