Aloha, and welcome to Hawai‘i Pacific University.
Founded in 1965, Hawai‘i Pacific University is an international learning community set in the rich cultural context of Hawai‘i. Students from all 50 U.S. states, U.S. Territories, and nearly 65 countries join us for a unique educational experience at the crossroads of the Pacific.
Today, HPU is the state’s largest private, non-profit university. We take pride in maintaining strong academic programs, small class sizes, personalized attention for students, and a diverse faculty and student population. Indeed, HPU is widely considered one of the most culturally diverse universities in the country.
We offer 40 acclaimed undergraduate programs at the associate's and bachelor's levels and distinguished graduate programs, including 24 master's degrees, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Our faculty includes about 300 full-time and part-time professors with outstanding academic and professional credentials. Fusing HPU’s unmatched diversity with personal support and a deliberately intimate learning environment, our students get up-close and personal with the subjects they’re passionate about, empowering them to look closer, see further, and do more. At HPU, our students and faculty interact with and collaborate with organizations and leaders in the community, translating to invaluable learning experiences. Our students learn through internships, develop marketing plans for actual businesses as part of their coursework, and participate in community service activities.
Perhaps most importantly, HPU is a community that cares. Our faculty members care about teaching, mentoring, and contributing to society through their cutting-edge research and scholarly activities. Our staff members care about supporting our students and their success. Our students care about making a difference in the world and giving back to their communities. And our alumni graduate equipped with experiences and skills developed at HPU ready to lead with concern and care in their communities and for their fellow citizens. We are one university, one community, one ‘ohana, united to make HPU a leader in innovative higher education. Our community is what truly sets us apart.
I hope you will share our excitement about Hawai‘i Pacific University, what we do, and what you will do as you become an integral part of our remarkable community. Join us as we bring life to the Hawaiian saying, Pupukahi I Holomua: Unite to Move Forward.
John Y. Gotanda
President, Hawai‘i Pacific University