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Located in the town of Hilo on the northeast side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the University of Hawaii Hilo (UH Hilo) is attended by about 4,000 students. The University was established in 1947 as part of the University of Hawaii system which has ten campuses in the State of Hawaii.

In addition to the 115-acre main campus, UH Hilo also has a 10-acre Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center, the 110-acre Panaewa Farm, and the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park which covers about 500 acres.
UH Hilo offers 36 undergraduate programs, 6 graduate programs and two doctorate (Ph.D) programs. Relatively small class sizes along with many opportunities for hands-on learning make UH Hilo a popular choice for Hawaii residents as well as students from all over the world.

As a public university, UH Hilo offers an affordable tuition rate. In addition to the rigorous academic curriculum, UH Hilo offers students the opportunity to participate in more than 200 different student clubs and organizations from community service to arts, culture, religion and academics.

UH Hilo also offers sports opportunities including intramural as well as Division I varsity sports. There are also student publications and media outlets as well as off-campus internship opportunities and a study abroad programs that allow students an opportunity to travel around the world.

The academic year at UH Hilo includes two semesters of about 16 to 17 weeks each as well as a six-week regular summer session and a four-week intensive summer session. The average class size is 22 students and the student to faculty ratio is 18:1.