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:
“If you’re looking for a school where you can meet
a lot of different types of people, then this is the place for
“If I travel in the future, I have a place to stay in practically
“Small classes allow [for] discussion and personalized
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.
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
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.