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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations

The 2007 edition of America’s Best Value Colleges presents a list of 150 schools that offer the best college education deals based on institutional financial data and a 70-question survey of thousands of students at colleges across the country asked to rate their schools on academics, admissions, financial aid, quality of life, and student body.

“ It is nice for Hawai‘i Pacific University to be recognized for our efforts as a nationwide leader in providing a rigorous, quality education to our students,” said HPU President Chatt G. Wright.

The Princeton Review’s new and expanded guide presents strategies for choosing the college that best meets a student’s needs, tips on tackling the admission process, the real cost of college once financial aid is applied, school- and state-specific scholarships and grant aid, snapshots of campus life, and career prospects for graduates of each profiled college. Here’s how HPU students responded to their survey:

Student Body
• “If you’re looking for a school where you can meet a lot of different types of people, then this is the place for you.”
• “If I travel in the future, I have a place to stay in practically every country!”

• “Small classes allow [for] discussion and personalized teaching.”
• Professors are “always available” and teach with a “global perspective.”
• “HPU is a great place for people who are interested in getting a good education with a minimum amount of fuss.

Campus Life

“ A typical day would be going to a class…in downtown Honolulu, then eating lunch in Chinatown with friends from different countries. After class you can go hiking to a waterfall in the middle of the rainforest or to a beach.”

The Princeton Review also lists HPU as one of the 122 best western colleges in the United States, according the 2006 edition guidebook, “The Best 361 Colleges.” HPU receives a quality of life rating of 92 on a scale of 60-99. Several factors were used to determine this rating, including students’ assessment of: their overall happiness; the beauty, safety, and location of the campus; the comfort of residence halls; the quality of food; the ease of getting around campus and dealing with administrators; the friendliness of fellow students; and the quality of the relationship with the local community.

HPU is also ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities in the 2006 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

In the universities-master’s category, HPU is ranked 57 in the top tier of the best Western-regional universities, schools that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and provide graduate education at the master’s level. HPU was measured against more than 570 peer institutions in their respective categories.

HPU also scored among the top 16 schools in the West for having one of the most diverse U.S. student populations, and it was ranked second in the West for having the most international students.


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