Top 5 Best Online Colleges in Hawai’i

Top 10 Best Online Colleges 2017 - HAWAIIToday more than ever before, colleges across the nation are supplementing their traditional campuses with fully and partially online degree programs available to students around the globe. In fact, attending school online is considered a respected and accredited avenue for obtaining a college degree. Since online programs embrace flexibility of learning and student-led coursework, people who are unable or uninterested in earning a degree on a campus, such as homeschooled students or working adults, are now able to get the same quality education online. Additionally, online study is a way to fast track a degree without sacrificing other responsibilities.

In the list below, schools that keep in line with the Value Colleges commitment to affordability, reputation and proven success are listed in descending order of available online program options (as of publication). All schools are regionally or nationally accredited, located in Hawai’i, and they each boast solid ROIs. Please note that the tuition listed below actually reflect the annual IPEDs listings since online tuition often vary program to program within a school or college.


University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Founded in 1907, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawai’i System and has been a leading institution on the islands and from across the nation. The school has been consistently ranked as having a best value because the school maintains a mission of providing quality academics paired with affordability. A diverse student body makes up the on-campus and online population with all fifty states represented plus students from over 125 countries from around the world.

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa online is set up to extend the ten campuses of the University of Hawai’i system and make these resources available to students anywhere around the world at any time. The online programs serve traditional students that have constraints that prevent them from attending university on a traditional campus, working adults or individuals with families that seek flexibility, or pupils like homeschool students who prefer alternatives to learning. Bachelor degrees in areas such as Business Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Psychology, plus a number of master degree programs and two doctoral degrees in Nursing can be obtained fully online.

Annual Tuition: $11,164

Online Programs: 24


Chaminade University of Honolulu

Founded in 1955,  Chaminade University of Honolulu is proudly the only Catholic University in Hawai’i and is one of the only three Marianist universities in the United States. The school strives to combine reason and faith to offer only the best in Catholic based academics to students from around the globe. The university boasts over twenty-five undergraduate and graduate programs in business and communication, the sciences and mathematics, arts and humanities, behavioral sciences, education, and nursing. Many of these areas of study are available through Chaminade University’s distance learning program as well. The school is located on the island of O’ahu.

Chaminade University of Honolulu online offers the same quality, Catholic based education online as is found on the campus. Through the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, distance learning programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels, plus the university offers a military program that serves military personnel and veterans. The online programs work well for busy adult learners and non-traditional college students. Some fully online programs offered include degrees in Business Administration, Teaching, Psychology, and Management.

Annual Tuition: $21,780

Online Programs: 21


Leeward Community College

Leeward Community College is proud to boast a strong commitment to quality education and affordability. The college also has military friendly recognition and serves military personnel and veterans from across the nation. The school is located in Pearl City, Hawai’i. Leeward Community College online is a part of the Distance learning program at the University of Hawai’i.

The programs offered serve residents of Hawai’i and students from across the nation and the globe. Using state-of-the-art technologies, an accessible and supportive, qualified faculty, and allowing coursework to be student-led, Leeward Community College online is a viable resource and affordable avenue for busy working adults or traditional college students wishing to complete their quality education in a flexible manner. Some fully online programs offered include bachelor degree programs in Psychology, Business Administration, and Public Administration to name a few. Master degrees in Human Resources Management, Learning Design and Technology, Computer Science, and many more, plus master certificate programs.

Annual Tuition: $2,935

Online Programs: 13


University of Hawai'i at West O'ahu

University of Hawai’i at West O’ahu was founded in 1976 and is today the only public university located on the westward side of O’ahu. The university offers baccalaureate opportunities to students from around the globe and academics at UH in West O’ahu emphasize professional, applied science, humanities, and social science programs. The university proudly supports Native Hawaiian culture and traditions though all aspects of learning while boasting a diverse and inclusive, indigenous-serving institution where students from all ethnic backgrounds are welcome.

University of Hawai’i at West O’ahu online offers associate to doctoral degrees fully or partially online as well as a number of professional certificate programs. Some degrees offered fully online include undergraduate and graduate programs in Business Administration, Social Work, Education, and Indigenous Language and Culture Education. The online school serves students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe and coursework is student-led and accessible with a supportive faculty and staff on hand to help.

Annual Tuition: $7,152

Online Programs: 11


University of Hawai'i at Hilo

University of Hawai’i at Hilo was founded in 1947 and is one of the older universities on the islands of Hawai’i. The school proudly serves its local population in Hilo on Hawai’i’s ‘Big Island’ as well as a diverse student body made up of students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

University of Hawai’i at Hilo online offers bachelor to doctorate degrees fully and partially online plus professional certificates and is a part of the University of Hawai’i’s online university system. The online portal combines state of the art technology, qualified faculty and staff, affordability, and a huge variety of academics to provide one of the best online distance learning programs in the nation. Some online programs offered include degrees in Education, Computer Science, and Public Administration.

Annual Tuition: $7,332

Online Programs: 6