Founded in 1947 under UH M?noa’s Extension Division and called the “Hilo Program,” UH Hilo was organized under its present name in 1970. UH Hilo has grown and changed throughout the years to meet the educational needs and aspirations of the community.
The purpose of our university family is to challenge students to reach their highest level of academic achievement by inspiring learning, discovery and creativity inside and outside the classroom. Our responsibility is to improve the quality of life of the people of Hawai?i, the Pacific region and the world.
University of Hawai?i at Hilo faculty conduct place-based, applied research of short- and long- term benefit to the people of Hawai?i Island and the state. For example:
Kilohana's mission is to support the learning and retention of all UH Hilo students by fostering the development of independent, self-motivated learners through subject-specific support and academic skills development. This is accomplished by building a network with other units on campus so that faculty and the other members of the campus community are aware of, and utilize effectively, the full spectrum of services that support success.
The Edwin H. Mookini Library is a gathering place and a gateway to many sources of learning and knowledge for the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College ‘ohana as well as our diverse Hawai‘i Island community. With a spirit of aloha and commitment to excellence, the Library provides resources and services to encourage academic success and develop information-literate.
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a wide array of services to support the teaching, learning, public services, administration and research endeavors of the students, faculty and staff of the UH community. ITS works closely with other offices across the system to meet the challenging and expanding communication technologies needs of the university.
Health insurance is highly recommended for all students. A University of Hawai'i endorsed student health insurance plan is designed for students and is generally less expensive than most other health insurance plans. Detailed information about this insurance plan including costs and an application are available online at HMSA Student Health Plan.
The University of Hawai?i at Hilo, a vibrant, multicultural campus, provides opportunities for higher education on the island of Hawai?i, the southernmost and largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago.
UH Hilo is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).