About Us

To change the world, you have to change how you view it

Hawai‘i Pacific University is the state’s largest private nonprofit university, located in downtown Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu. Established in 1965, HPU is home to more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from Hawai‘i, the mainland, and more than 100 countries around the world.

The university offers 33 undergraduate programs, 18 graduate programs, and three doctoral programs. HPU has been named “Hawai‘i’s Best University” (Wallethub.com, 2019) and the most diverse private nonprofit university in the country (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2016). HPU alumni, numbering 45,000-plus worldwide, also enjoy the highest median salary among graduates of all universities in the state (Guidetoonlineschools.com, 2019).

We are committed to serving our local and global communities, and we challenge our students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will enable them to think critically, speak and write effectively, and understand the workings of an increasingly interconnected world. Our curriculum, which builds on our diversity by combining American educational traditions with global perspectives, stresses rigorous intellectual engagement, relevant career education, and social responsibility. Graduates of Hawai‘i Pacific University are responsible citizens and active, independent, lifelong learners.

Mission

Hawai‘i Pacific University is an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawai‘i. Students from around the world join us for an American education built on a liberal arts foundation. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs anticipate the changing needs of the community and prepare our graduates to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.

Vision

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s highly personalized, student-centered approach offering applied, experiential, and innovative educational programs prepares our graduates to make a positive impact in their workplaces and their communities.

Values

The faculty, staff, students, and overall university community of Hawai‘i Pacific embrace the following values as representative of the spiritual, ethical, and philosophical principles that support our community as well as of the noble ideals to which we collectively aspire.

PONO, meaning righteous, honest and moral, and an energy of necessity.

KULEANA, meaning responsibility and rights, and concern for all interests, property, and people.

ALOHA, meaning hello, goodbye, love, kindness and grace, unity, humility, patience and waiting for the right moment.

Recognized as one of the top Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report

Ranked among the top 8% of private universities for graduates’ income mobility for 2017 (New York Times)

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Named the Best Online College in Hawai‘i for return on investment (OnlineU, 2020)

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Accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC/WSCUC)

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Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)