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Chaminade University of Honolulu


Chaminade University of Honolulu was first established in 1955 by missionaries of the Society of Mary. Originally named Saint Louis Junior College, it was renamed in 1957 for the Catholic priest who escaped persecution in the French Revolution. Chaminade further expanded into university status after adding master’s-level education in 1977. Now endowed for $9.3 million, Chaminade University of Honolulu stands as a private, co-educational Marianist liberal arts institution. Led by Brother Bernie Ploeger, S.M., Chaminade’s six divisions enroll around 2,100 undergrad and 750 post-graduate Silverswords. Belonging to the NAICU, Chaminade University occupies a stunning 65-acre urban campus in the Kaimuki district of Hawaii’s largest city.

According to the U.S. News, Chaminade University of Honolulu is the West’s 52nd best regional college and 29th most veteran-friendly school. On Niche, Chaminade is graded “B” as America’s 177th “Most Diverse College” with the 259th “Best College Campus.” Washington Monthly placed Chaminade at 571st among the United States’ master’s institutions. Chaminade University of Honolulu was ranked third in Hawaii for College Raptor’s “Hidden Gems.” College Factual honored Chaminade in the top 1 percent of national universities for ethnic diversity. Times Higher Education included Chaminade in the top 800 U.S. colleges overall. Best Value Schools put Chaminade at #2 for most affordable online schools statewide.

Chaminade University of Honolulu Accreditation Details

Continuously since 1960, Chaminade University of Honolulu has received 10-year regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which is approved under the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Specific majors also maintain recognitions from the following:

• Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
• Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)
• Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
• Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
• International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
• Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)

Chaminade University of Honolulu Application Requirements

Given an admission selectivity rating of 74 by The Princeton Review, Chaminade University of Honolulu can be tough to get into. Intellectually inquisitive freshmen who have finished a high school diploma or passed the GED with a 450 or higher could be accepted. Curriculum prerequisites include four years of English, three years of social studies, three years of math, and two years of science. Chaminade expects a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from ninth through 11th grade. The School of Nursing has slightly higher standards for a 2.75 GPA. First-year applicants should also achieve a New SAT score over 1000 or ACT above 19.

Undergraduates bypassing the freshmen criteria must hold 24+ college-level, non-remedial credits from accredited institutions. Transfers should hold good standing and an overall GPA above 2.0 at their previous school. The School of Nursing only accepts transfers with College Algebra I and Fundamentals of Chemistry I coursework graded “C” or better. International applicants on F-1 visa are welcomed with a minimum TOEFL pBT score of 550 or equivalent. PACE graduate admission generally requires a 2.75 GPA or better from an accredited bachelor’s program, though the average is 3.41. Certain programs have extra requirements, such as the MBA seeking three or more years of work experience.

Admission to Chaminade University of Honolulu is rolling until the priority deadline of May 1st for Fall and December 1st for Spring enrollment. Nursing majors must apply before February 1st. Log onto the online application or download the PDF paper copy and submit these materials:

• Payment for the non-refundable $25 fee
• Latest high school or college transcript
• Official exam scores (SAT, ACT, GMAT, or GRE)
• Two teacher/supervisor recommendations
• Typed, 250-word personal goals statement
• Curriculum vitae or resume (post-grad only)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Regardless of Hawaii residency, Chaminade University of Honolulu charges full-time undergrads $23,180 for annual tuition. The School of Nursing costs slightly more at $28,550 per year. Mandatory fees will add $130 yearly. Residential students generally spend $9,670 to $16,890 annually for room and board. Chaminade suggests budgeting $1,600 for textbooks too. Total annual cost of attendance for full-time bachelor’s students is roughly $37,893. Graduate programs vary by price from $740 to $820 per credit hour. Online students must pay an extra $93 technology fee per course. On average, full-time graduates are billed $17,640 yearly.

The NCES reports that 100 percent of beginning, full-time Silverswords pay less though. The average financial aid package gifts $11,919. Institutionally, Chaminade has endowed programs like the Regents Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship, PACE Undergraduate Scholarship, and Nursing Excellence Scholarship. Military personnel earn VA benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Low-income students qualify for the Federal Pell Grant or FSEOG Grant. Certain learners could obtain the TEACH Grant or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Living in the “Aloha State” opens Hawaii Community Foundation scholarships and Student Incentive Grant. Being hired for Federal Work-Study (FWS) shifts could lower tuition. Eligible U.S. citizens and non-citizens could receive Stafford, Perkins, and PLUS loans.

Student Experience

Chaminade University of Honolulu prides itself on giving multicultural students liberal arts education in a close-knit community with a 10:1 student-faculty ratio. Its six divisions presently offer four associate and 19 daytime bachelor’s programs, such as a B.S. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Environmental Studies, B.S. in Forensic Sciences, and B.A. in Religious Studies. Online learning leads to 15 undergraduate majors from English to Early Childhood Education. Post-bachelor’s students select from seven master’s programs, including a Master of Pastoral Theology. Scholars could add the Hogan Entrepreneurs Program to any major.

Approximately 25 percent of Chaminade students reside in the six suite-style residence halls and Date Street Apartment Complex. Living on-campus places students near Honolulu’s best attractions, such as Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, and Hanauma Bay. Students are also near plentiful service learning projects from Next Step Homeless Shelter to Jarrett Middle School and Palolo Chinese Home. Young investigators benefit from being near cutting-edge research institutes like the Laboratory of Cancer Biology for the yearly Na Liko Na’auao Conference. Immersive trips abroad to Argentina, Denmark, India, and more are arranged too.

Finding your ‘ohana at Chaminade is possible with 45+ organizations participating in Club Fest. Depending on their interests, students could groove with the Hip-Hop Dance Crew, plant with Gardening Club, pledge Sigma Tau Delta, and capture moments in Photography Club. Members of the Micronesian and Hawaiian Clubs participate in the Pacific Island Review each year. Other annual events include the Intercollegiate Athletics Gala and Collegiate Theatre Festival. Student-athletes may compete on 10 varsity teams in NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference. Chaminade University of Honolulu is the popular host of the Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament each year.