By BVS Staff
Welcome to our best value ranking of online colleges in Hawaii.
In many ways, Hawaii is a tropical paradise on earth. However, island residents and college students who would like to study online may not agree that this is the land of plenty. Even out of the 9 colleges and universities that make their home in Hawaii, only a small number provide distance learning opportunities for undergraduates. Of those online-accessible schools, we're bringing you the 3 "best values" in the state. Note that for rankings with 3 schools or fewer, we made the decision not to include individual scores due to a lack of data. However, the order of the ranking still stands as an indication of relative value.
3. University of Hawaii - Maui College
At just over $3,000 for island residents, the University of Hawaii's Maui College boast an in-state tuition that qualifies it as one of the best deals in higher education today. And while students seeking an affordable online degree in Hawaii will certainly be pleased by the low cost of attendance, they will be even more astounded by the breadth of educational resources and opportunities available at the University Center at Maui. The school can even assist students who are having trouble choosing from the eight UHM departments that offer courses online. To do so, UHM provides a series of "Focus Questions" to guide undecided majors in their path to higher learning.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $3,006/yr
2. Chaminade University of Honolulu
With the highest graduation rate (and yes, the highest in-state tuition) of any accredited online college in Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu has positioned itself at a unique crossroads of quality and affordability. That being said, it's not hard to justify the cost of attending a school like Chaminade. Online learners in particular can rest easy, knowing that their tuition goes towards a diverse selection of distance programs in high-demand fields like education. Not only that, but the university offers accelerated, 10-week terms that concentrate a semester's worth of education into less than three months of coursework - a design that can save students both time and money.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $21,780/yr
1. University of Hawaii at West Oahu
There's no doubt that the University of Hawaii-West Oahu is the top online school in Hawaii. In fact, with nearly two-thirds of students enrolled in one or more internet-based courses, UH West Oahu demonstrates a commitment to online learning that is unparalleled in the state. But it's not only for lack of competition that UH West Oahu's Distance Learning Program stands out. Featuring some of the most sought-after degrees in higher education today—including Business Administration, Psychology, and Early Childhood Education—in both online and Interactive Television (ITV) formats, UH West Oahu makes a degree attainable for students of all backgrounds.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $7,152/yr
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