Hawaii Pacific University Reviews
I transferred to Hawaii Pacific University after 2 years at Coastal Carolina University. Both of these schools had what I was looking for in my undergraduate experience. I wanted a low student to teacher ratio along with a reputable Marine Science program, close to the ocean. Professors were very knowledgeable and made the field seem so exciting. I wish they shared about their journey to employment. I only wish that I was provided with more information on how to start a career. On my own, I found out that most early careers in Marine Biology are not sufficient if you have a family. My daughter was born one month after I graduated. There were plenty of jobs which required extensive travel, for very little pay. When I moved to Maui, I learned that there are all sorts of jobs that would love to have me as a volunteer. I know so many people who chose majors without putting much thought involved. From the second grade, I knew that I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. I went to Marine Science camps in the summer and worked at the National Aquarium in Baltimore when I was in high school (the only student selected by my teachers for a special program). And here I am, in my 7th year of substitute teaching. I have applied to countless jobs and scholarships. I am getting so tired of rejection. I am in my 3rd Masters Program to teach secondary biology. I am hopeful that things will turn around soon.
Hawaii... What a place to be for college! I highly recommend my school for 3 reasons: Professor availability and involvement with students, diversity of classmates, and school pride. The professors at HPU were and always are so attentive. Classes are smaller than those of a huge college but these class sizes were absolutely perfect for me. Not only could I interact one on one with my professors, but I could easily be in contact with them as well. Almost every single one of my professors was willing and open to helping me better my grades and understanding of the subject. They really prepared me for the future, I feel. The diversity of people on campus is another huge plus for my school. From Americans to Europeans to kids from Asia, we have them all! Being able to really interact with kids from different parts of the world inspired and changed me. I love to travel now. Lastly but not least, our campus and school spirit here at HPU are awesome. As a student athlete, I first hand experienced the support from the school, professors and faculty members. Our campus is newly renovated and right on the water... What more could you ask for?! Student housing is affordable, beautiful, and new as well. If you are looking for a great school to attend for college, I would highly recommend Hawaii Pacific University. Between the cultural diversity, campus, and professors who are dedicated to helping your future, you are solely set up for success and nothing less!
Hawaii Pacific University is a private university. It is a small school and I like it because the class sizes are a lot smaller than an average college. HPU offers all of the resources you need in order to have a successful future. HPU also has a great nursing program!
The downtown campus is dirty, which I did not like. The instructors were great, but the classrooms were a little ghetto. The academic advisers were difficult to get in touch with, which made graduating for some students hard. I would not recommend this school.
I enrolled in this school on a whim, graduated a little over four years later. As a local to the island, it was a new experience to be a minority. There seemed to be more international students than local students. The diversity was wonderful and led to interesting class discussions about world events, but one would expect more Hawaiian students. Regardless, I enjoyed the experience, and a couple of years later, my husband enrolled and is now also alumni.