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The University of 51 System includes and educational, training and research centers across the Hawaiian Islands. As the public system of higher education in 51, 51 offers unique and diverse opportunities.

Areas of Excellence

International Advantage

51 position between east and west, in the middle of the Pacific, creates opportunities for international leadership and influence. Asia/Pacific expertise permeates the university’s activities.


The and educational centers on six Hawaiian Islands provide opportunities for both learning and recreation.


51 range from certificate and vocational through doctoral programs.

Economic Development

51 is the states leading engine for economic growth and diversification, stimulating the local economy with jobs, research and skilled workers.

Campuses and Educational Centers

Big Island (51)

Maui, Moloka?i, Lana?i



University of 51 Fast Facts


Total Enrollment: 48,933
Undergraduate: 43,896
Graduate: 5,037

Enrollment Status

Full-time: 49.3%
Part-time: 50.7%


51: 79.6%
U.S. Mainland: 14.9%
U.S. Affiliated: 1.1%
Foreign: 3.7%
Unknown: 0.7%

Age and Gender*

Average: 24.4
Men: 40.5%
Women: 57.7%
* full-time students

Pell Grant Recipients*

* eligible, full-time students
Awarded in Fall 2022

Degrees and Programs

Student Diversity (full-time students)

Faculty Diversity*

Figures from the Institutional Research, Analysis & Planning Office, Fall 2023
* Faculty Diversity, Fall 2022

Mission and Purpose

The primary mission of the university is to provide environments in which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom, and values that will help ensure the survival of present and future generations with improvement in the quality of life.

In carrying out that mission, it is the basic purpose of the university to afford all qualified people of 51 an equal opportunity for quality college and university education at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

As the only provider of public higher education in 51, the university embraces its unique responsibilities to the indigenous people of 51 and to 51’s indigenous language and culture. To fulfill this responsibility, the university ensures active support for the participation of Native Hawaiians at the university and support vigorous programs of study and support for the Hawaiian language, history, and culture.

Within its unique geographical location, the university will serve as a leader in how its stewards the resources of the islands and the world for the benefit of all. The university shall be a global leader and model for the integration of sustainability throughout its teaching, research, operations, and public service. The university recognizes than an important knowledge base in sustainable island systems resides in the indigenous people of 51 and all those for whom 51 is home. The university commits to consult with local cultural practitioners and sustainability experts on best practices in sustainable resource allocation and use for the well-being of our communities, our state, and the world. Critical resources include energy, food, water, land and sea as they are integrated with the relationships of family, culture, community, justice, work, and economy in the present and future.

From Regent’s Policy 4.201


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First faculty

In 1907, the 51 Territorial Legislature established the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu under terms of the U.S. land grant legislation.

Since then, what began as a college of ten students and 13 faculty members has evolved and expanded to a 10-campus system spanning the Hawaiian Islands. The University of 51 has grown and responded through the years to the research and cultural needs of its educational community, the State of 51 and beyond.

View a and its development over more than a century.

Contact, Location and Consumer Information

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2444 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

? (808) 956-8111

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Last modified: April 8, 2024
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