Founded in 1968 as the first community college in the UH system to be developed without a connection to pre-existing technical school. Moved to current campus facilities in 1969.
Location: Main campus, located between Pearl City and Waipahu, overlooks Pearl Harbor near the geographic center of O‘ahu; satellite campus located on the Wai‘anae coast
Campus Size: Approximately 49 acres with 16 two-story and 3 three-story buildings.
Enrollment: Nearly 8,000 students
Fall enrollments of credit students:
2016 - 7,262
2015 - 7,535
2014 - 7,742
2013 - 7,976
2012 - 7,960
2010 - 7,942
2009 - 7,484
2008 - 6,771
2007 - 5,887
Carnegie classification: Associate’s/Public 2-year
Degrees: 79 associate degrees and certificates offered
Students Demographics, Fall 2016
- 60% women
- 40% men
Average Class Size: 21 students
Student to Faculty Ratio: 20:1
- 26.5% Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian
- 22.5% Filipino
- 11% Pacific Islanders
- 9.0% All Other Asian
- 10.5% Caucasian
- 15.5% Mixed Ethnicity
- 2% Hispanic
- 2.5% African American
- .5% All Other
- Average of 70 international students annually, coming from 26 countries.
Faculty & Staff
- Number of Full-time Faculty: 193
- Number of Part-time Faculty: 93
- Number of Support Staff: 134
- Number of Administrators: 8
Learning Resources: Learning Commons, Library, Learning Resource Center, Math Lab, KI Program (support for students with disabilities), Writing Center
Community Education: noncredit classes in Business & Technology, Industry & Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Health Education, Personal Enrichment, and Transportation Industry
Community Resources: Leeward CC Theatre, Foyer Art Gallery, The Pearl (fine dining restaurant), Shade House
Points of Pride
- Leeward Community College is the third largest campus in the UH system and has grown to be the community college serving the largest number of Native Hawaiian undergraduate students and the largest number of military & veteran students.
- The Pearl, the college’s fine dining restaurant, won its sixth ‘Ilima Award, the only UH culinary program to win six years in a row.
- The College was recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, for the sixth consecutive year. The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide.
- Leeward was voted #1 Career & Technical Education and #2 Live Theatre in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Best of People’s Choice competition fro THREE years in a row (2015, 2016 and 2017).
- Expansion for the Wai‘anae Coast: The expanded facility for our Wai‘anae Coast campus is scheduled to open Fall 2017. Our satellite campus continues to experience enrollment growth of nearly 73% over the past 8 years.
Facts taken from UH IRO, Fall 2016.