2018 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Hawaii

Hawaii has more than 23 post-secondary institutions, of which 7 offer online programs. A total of two are public four-year colleges or universities and five are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 71 online certificate programs, 528 online associate programs, 812 online bachelor’s programs, 505 online master’s programs, 658 online professional programs, and 153 online doctoral programs.

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Of the online colleges in Hawaii, the one with the most number of programs online is Hawaii Pacific University, a 4-year research university that offers 76 online programs.

Job Outlook

While the state boasts a very low unemployment rate of 4.8 percent, the job market is small enough that even a low unemployment rate means many people without work. The state employs a full sixth of its non-agricultural labor in leisure and hospitality; its economic fortunes often rely on tourism. Hawaii’s largest employers are government, leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities. On a positive note, construction jobs in Hawaii have increased by almost 12 percent in the last year. The fastest growing jobs in Hawaii include registered nurses and network and computer system administrators, suggesting the national trends in nursing and tech jobs have extended to the state.

The average wage in Hawaii is approximately equal to the national average. In the continental U.S., workers earn approximately $42,871 per year. However, in Hawaii, workers earn approximately $43,740 per year. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $78,980 annually while the lowest paid workers earn under $18,180 annually. The median annual income for employees is roughly $35,480.


On average, public four-year colleges and universities in Hawaii charge students approximately $6,639 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $5,880 to $20,016 per year.

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The  Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)  accredits online universities and colleges in Hawaii. Be sure to look for school accreditation from this governing body when applying to online schools in Hawaii.

Distance Learning Resources

  • Hawaii P – 20  is a statewide partnership that seeks to strengthen education from elementary school through higher education. P-20 provides college prep programs (Step Up and Gear Up) and has a number of valuable student resources.
  • Career Connections (via University of Hawaii Community Colleges) is an interactive application helps students research different career paths and better prepare themselves for their trajectory through higher education.
  • Hawaii Community Foundation is a  nonprofit philanthropic organization that offers scholarships to students looking to use higher education to improve their lives. Browse their scholarship list and see if you qualify for any financial aid.
  • SOAR Hawaii offers testing and tutorials for second grade through twelve, along with free SAT and ACT tutoring. This resource is also directed primarily toward students who have yet to graduate high school.
  • Hawaii Economy at a Glance, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, can help you to get up-to-date information about the current job climate in Hawaii. This website allows you to track certain fields, and can break down employment data by region and metropolitan area.

More Information

Hawaii is located in the Pacific region of the United States. It is the 9th smallest state in the country, and has an area of 10,932 square miles. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 76°F.

Of the states in the country, Hawaii has the 12th smallest population. It has an estimated population of 1,360,301 residents residing in its 5 counties. An estimated 39 percent of those living in Hawaii are less than 30 years old. Additionally, it has one of the most diverse populations in the nation with about 77 percent of the population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

With a population of 337,256 residents, Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu, is the largest city in the state. Of the state’s residents, an estimated 4.03 percent reside in the greater Honolulu area. Hawaii’s other big cities are Pearl City, Hilo, Kaneohe, and Kahului.

Hawaii residents generally have an average level of education as compared to those around the nation. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 19.5 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 3.4 percent have at least an associate degree, 2.6 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.