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It has been a long time since I graduated ('98). Maybe my opinion is moot, maybe the campus has gone downhill. I hope not, but I am shocked by the negative comments posted and thought I'd throw my .02 in. As with all schools, do your research. I am from South Florida. I did not care about Coppertone and a night life. I already had that at home. Kids from small midwestern towns who have "South Beach" expectations should do thier research. Go to UM. Personally I did not care about big schools. The alternative was UF, FSU, UM, and a hundred other schools in Florida which at the time made it easy on residents to get in. The surf was generally crap at those places (or far away) and given my age at the time, I wont lie, that was a concern. I wanted to be independant, have an adventure, get back to what I love (the outdoors). Yet walk away with a 4 year degree. I was an anthropology major. I could not have picked a better place. When not studying I wanted to surf, camp, dive, etc... This for me was a better alternative to the frat life most of my friends experienced at the aformentioned schools. If you are looking for a traditional student-campus life, go somewhere else. If however, you want a good education, yet spend your free time actually in the outdoors, doing things others only read about (or pay a guide to show them 1-2 times in their lifetime) this is the campus for you. My expectations were met and exeeded. The Big Island is fantastic. Google it. Hilo was the real Hawaii. Some surrounding towns (like Pahoa) was run by a bunch of hippies, so if you are a business major and think your going to intern on Wall Street, maybe this is not the school for you. As for educational quality, I graduated UHH, went straight to law school, was admitted to the FL and Federal Bars, got with a good litigation firm and now own my own law practice in South Florida. UHH gave me the scholastic requirements necessary to ease into that next higher level of education. Furthermore, UHH conditioned me for the work ethic necessary to find success in both my business and family life. I still hear from UHH professors and locals who have become dear friends to me. I have no regrets, they were some of the best years of my life and I only hope my two boys want to go there as well. It will give me a reason to go back.
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