Top 30 College Choices

Which colleges are the most popular among Hawaii high school students?

Which colleges are the most popular among Hawaii high school students?

The list is interesting, according to a report published this year by Michael Weddington, a doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado and a former counselor at St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School on Maui.

To better understand the college-application process, Weddington asked 50 counselors from public and private high schools in Hawaii the following question: “Which four-year colleges and universities do your students express the most interest in attending?”

Here are the top 30 schools, based on counselors’ responses:

1) University of Hawaii at Manoa

2) University of Hawaii at Hilo

3) Creighton University (Nebraska)

4) University of Oregon

5) University of Portland (Oregon) 

6) Seattle University (Washington)

7) University of Washington

8) University of Southern California

9) Hawaii Pacific University

10) Pacific University of Oregon

11) University of Nevada Las Vegas

12) University of Hawaii – West Oahu

13) Colorado State University Fort Collins

14) University of San Francisco

15) Kapiolani Community College

16) Oregon State University

17) Santa Clara University (California)

18) University of Hawaii Maui College

19) Chapman University (California)

20) Hawaii Community College

21) Loyola Marymount (California)

22) Stanford University (California)

23) University of California at Berkeley

24) University of California at Los Angeles

25) University of Puget Sound (Washington)

26) Boston University (Massachusetts)

27) Brigham Young University (Utah)

28) California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo

29) California State University System

30) Chaminade University (Hawaii)

SOURCE: “Hawaii High School College Counselors Survey Report,” April 2012, by Dr. Michael Weddington, doctoral student, University of Northern Colorado. Of the 76 schools surveyed, 50 counselors responded from 38 public and private high schools on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Hawaii and Kauai.