2020 Best Online Colleges in Hawaii


Based on annual tuition and reported alumni salaries, this list highlights the best online colleges in Hawaii. Hawai'i Pacific University is ranked #1, with an annual tuition rate of $27,000 and an alumni salary of $84,300. Students can choose from seven online associate degrees, five online bachelor's degrees, and six online master's programs. University of Hawaii at Manoa comes in second place, offering a tuition rate of $14,130 per year and with a reported alumni salary of $80,000.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about Guide to Online Schools. To see all online schools in Hawaii, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 $27,000 $84,300
#2 #2 $14,130 $80,000
#3 #3 $16,500 $74,500
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2020 Online Colleges in Hawaii Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $27,000
  • Median Salary: $84,300
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Honolulu
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Hawaii Pacific University is a private, nonsectarian university located in Honolulu and Kaneohe. It is the largest private university in the central Pacific, with nearly 5,000 students representing all 50 states and approximately 65 different countries. The university offers online degree programs for master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees. Programs are offered in a variety of fields, including business administration, education, criminal justice, computer science, homeland security, and mathematics. HPU’s wide selection of programs, flexible online learning options, and affordable tuition make it a smart choice for busy adults who want to earn their degree while continuing to care for professional and family responsibilities.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,130
  • Median Salary: $80,000
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Honolulu
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Founded in 1960, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a public research university and the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii system. A variety of online study programs are offered through UHM, including master’s, bachelor’s, and certificate programs. Popular subjects include business administration, education, nursing, social work, and women’s studies. A brief readiness activity, as well as an orientation program, can be completed on the university’s website to help potential students determine if distance learning is a good fit for them. Through the online portal myUH, students can access many resources and services to help them get the most out of their education. The university uses the Laulima online management program to deliver coursework.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (7)

Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,500
  • Median Salary: $74,500
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Honolulu
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Chaminade University of Honolulu is a private Marianist university in Honolulu, Hawaii. Founded in 1955 by the Society of Mary, it is one of only three Marianist universities in the United States. More than 20 online college programs are offered, including associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Popular subjects include business administration, early childhood education, elementary education for Oceania, religious studies, criminology and criminal justice, and historical and political studies. The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies is based upon Roman Catholic theology and Marianist teaching philosophy; graduates are equipped to teach in religious schools or enter a seminary. Learning at CUH is asynchronous, so students can log on and study when and where it is convenient for them.

Online Associate Degrees (4)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (13)

Online Master's Degrees (15)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Hawaii (5)

The universities in Hawaii provide students from all over the world the opportunity to learn through online programs. One of the most impressive online programs is the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Approximately 4.3% of the school population is exclusively enrolled online and a total of 16% participates in some form of distance-based learning. The university also boasts the highest graduation rate among online options in the state at 61%.

At a Glance:

  • The Hawaii Community Foundation offers in-state students who demonstrate a financial need access to scholarships. Generally, to be eligible students must attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student, be a resident of Hawaii, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7.
  • Annual tuition rates range from $9,608 to $33,796 at the University of Phoenix and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, respectively.


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