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| The main benefit of HPU is that you get to live in Hawaii, an extremely beautiful place, and get a private school education at a mostly low cost. Tuition is going up but it is still less than most other private colleges. Classes are small and it is easy to get to know your professors. This is helpful because it means they can write you letters of recommendation for jobs or graduate school. You should know that living in Hawaii is expensive and that parts of downtown Honolulu are gross like in any big city. The bus system is good, but it can be crowded. The weather and the food are great though. I am happy I went to HPU and I never regret it. My advice for new students is to get to know your professors, ask lots of questions, go out and enjoy the nature (beaches and mountain trails) and leave time for pau hana. |
|May 22 2013|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| HPU is not a bad school. Classes are small and people are nice. I have made good friends and most professors are very helpful, and some even wrote recommendations to help me get scholarships and internships. I can tell that they really want to help the students. A few profs were too old, boring or weird to be good but they were the minority. Most were great! Ask around or check ratemyprofessors.com to avoid the duds. |
|Mar 27 2013|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| HPU has a low standard of education. Seemingly, many professors who have done their part for the scientific community have come here to retire in Hawaii and work at the same time. Granted, many of them are extremely bright and accomplished, however these credentials do not necessarily make them eligible to teach those who come to learn. Their intellect is uncanny but they seem to absorb themselves with banter amongst the top 1% of their students on past experiences in the field that have nothing to do with the class and leave most of us confused and uneducated on the material needed. Attendance is taken into consideration, so if [not] learning in class isn't your thing, then skipping class to do your own work and study (on top of the other 16 credits you have) won't work either because you'll get docked points which lowers your grade. |
Here is some advice to HPU, we are grown-people. If university students don't come to class because your classes don't live up to expectations, don't dock points. We pay for it, it's our education. Unless it is an attendance based class like an internship, don't hassle us, you are not the only class we have.
The program was repetitive. I learned the same thing in my senior year, maybe 4 times from different classes.
Here is some advice for students:
If you want an easy degree, this place is for you. You might get your money's worth if you're only looking for a piece of paper and can't get in anywhere else.
However, if you're looking for a good education in science, health, pre-physical therapy, pre-chiropractic or anything similar, look somewhere else.
WARNING to pre-physical therapy and pre-anything students. HPU only prepares you for certain schools that they are linked to (maybe 2-3). These schools take their own students first and there are not many spots at all. I got screwed over because i wanted to apply for other programs in other universities, but they all needed WAY MORE pre-requisites. HPU makes you take 3 years at HPU and then tells you to move somewhere else WITHOUT GIVING YOU A DEGREE. It isn't until after your first year of PROFESSIONAL school (30-50 K a year) that they give you your UNDERGRADUATE degree. If you don't complete your first year, you don't get any degree at all.
|Mar 26 2013|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2011 |