Located in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is an island known for its exotic beauty and Bohemian charm. However, this island is not only about fun and frolic; it has fifteen state educational institutions in the form of colleges and universities and almost the same number of private ones.
Five of its best colleges are:
University of Hawaii at Manoa – Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a public educational institution, situated three miles inland from the state capital of Honolulu. Today, the institute that started a century ago as a land grant college of agriculture and mechanical arts has about 13,952 undergraduates and a campus size of 320 acres. Functioning on a semester-based academic calendar, the university is known for its studies in agriculture and human resources. The University of Hawaii ranks 159 in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges and National Universities.
Hawaii Pacific University – The Hawaii Pacific University was founded in 1965 and is the largest university in the central Pacific. Located in Honolulu, the University is a private institution with a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,906 and a campus size of 135 acres. First founded as the Hawaii Pacific College, the Hawaii Pacific University today offers an excellent liberal arts education and degree programs in nursing and business administration. It ranks 68th in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges and Regional Universities (West).
University of Hawaii at Hilo – The University of Hawaii at Hilo is a public educational institution located on the east side of Hawaii, in the city of Hilo, which is about 200 miles from Honolulu. Founded in 1970, the University currently has approximately 3,270 undergraduate students and a campus size of 115 acres. It offers programs in marine biology, volcanology, and astronomy. In the 2011 edition of Best Colleges, its ranking is National Liberal Arts College, Tier 2.
University of Hawaii at West O’ahu – The university of Hawaii at West O'ahu is a state-affiliated educational institution offering degrees in liberal arts and professional studies such as Business Administration (BABA) or Public Administration (BAPA). As the only public four-year university located in the leeward O‘ahu area, the University of Hawaii at West O’ahu has a total undergraduate student strength of 1,293 and is currently ranked National Liberal Arts College, Tier 2, in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
Brigham Young University of Hawaii – The Brigham Young University is located at La'ie on the island of O'ahu, which is about 35 miles from Honolulu. Founded in 1955, today the University boasts of a strength of 2,470 undergraduate students, with a campus size of 195 acres. It is known for its programs in international business and commerce, followed by accounting, and is ranked as National Liberal Arts College, Tier 2, in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
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