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University of Hawai’i at Hilo

200 West Kawili Street

Hilo, HI 96720-4091

United States

Telephone: 808-932-7348


Staff Liaison:Each institution is assigned a staff liaison who is their primary point of contact for accreditation activities. Mark Goor

Student Achievement URL:WSCUC Standards require that institutions regularly generate, evaluate, and make public data about student achievement, including measures of retention, and graduation, and evidence of student learning.

Current Accreditation Status:Accredited - Reflects the Commission's finding that the institution is in compliance with the Standards. Accredited

Most Recent Commission Action: July 27, 2020

Granted Candidacy:Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process. 1970

First Accredited:Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC. 1976

Undergraduate FTE: 2,330

Graduate FTE: 401

Financial Structure Type:Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported. Public

Sponsorship:Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy. Multi-institution System

Academic Calendar:The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system. Semester

Distributes Financial Aid: Yes

Accreditation Liaison OfficerSeri LuangphinithProfessor of English and Accreditation Liaison
Board of Directors ChairRandolph MooreChair, UH Board of
Chief Academic OfficerKristen “Kris” RoneyVice Chancellor of Academic
Chief Executive OfficerBonnie
Chief Financial OfficerKalei RapozaInterim Vice Chancellor for Administrative
Director Institutional ResearchBradley “Brad” ThiessenDirector of Institutional
OPEIDNameCityLocation TypeStatus
00161100University of Hawaii at HiloHiloMain CampusActive
DegreeDegree LevelYear ImplementedModality
Administration of JusticeBachelors2020Distance Education
Administration of JusticeBachelors2002On-Site
BS In Aeronautical SciencesBachelors2020On-Site
Business AdministrationBachelors1975On-Site
Business AdministrationBachelors2012Distance Education
CommunicationBachelors2012Distance Education
Computer ScienceBachelors1987On-Site
Counseling PsychologyMasters2004On-Site
Counseling PsychologyMasters2020Distance Education
EducationMasters2015Distance Education
EnglishBachelors2020Distance Education
Environmental ScienceBachelors2005On-Site
Gender & Women’s StudiesBachelors2015On-Site
Hawaiian Language and LiteratureMasters1998On-Site
Hawaiian StudiesBachelors1984On-Site
Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture RevitalizationResearch Doctorate2006On-Site
Heritage ManagementMasters2015On-Site
Indigenous Language and Culture EducationMasters2006On-Site
Indigenous Language and Culture EducationMasters2011Distance Education
Japanese StudiesBachelors1975On-Site
Kinesiology and Exercise ScienceBachelors2004On-Site
Liberal StudiesBachelors1971On-Site
Liberal StudiesBachelors2020Distance Education
Marine ScienceBachelors1993On-Site
Natural ScienceBachelors1992On-Site
NursingBachelors2012Distance Education
Nursing PracticeProfessional Doctorate2012Distance Education
Performing ArtsBachelors2003On-Site
Pharmaceutical SciencesResearch Doctorate2011On-Site
PharmacyProfessional Doctorate2007On-Site
Pharmacy StudiesBachelors2011On-Site
Political ScienceBachelors2020Distance Education
Political ScienceBachelors1972On-Site
PsychologyBachelors2002Distance Education
TeachingMasters2013Distance Education
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental ScienceMasters2004On-Site
SeasonYearReview Type
Spring2022Accreditation Visit