University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH)

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UHH, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Hilo, HI, a predominately rural area. Around three thousand students are enrolled at UHH.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 990 (25th percentile) to 1170 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 17 (25th percentile) to 23 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants accepted to UHH. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the UHH average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.80 - 3.18. 52% of all students that apply are accepted to UHH, from which 21 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UHH Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Hawaii at Hilo was reported as 51.6% in Fall 2020 with over 4,160 applications submitted to UHH. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UHH ACT Scores: 17 - 23
  • UHH Average GPA: 2.80 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Hawaii at Hilo?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of University of Hawaii at Hilo is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Hawaii at Hilo has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 69.2%
  • 2017-2018: 77.9%
  • 2018-2019: 78.6%
  • 2019-2020: 51.6%
  • Projected UHH Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 61.9%

How Does UHH Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for UHH is ten percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Chaminade University of Honolulu94.7%
Hawaii Pacific University74.8%
University of Hawaii-West Oahu84.4%
Brigham Young University-Hawaii97.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UHH (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 590
Math490 - 580
Total Score990 - 1170
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 22
Math17 - 23
Composite Score17 - 23
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