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: Fall enrollments of credit students
2019 - 6,572
2018 - 6,708
2017 - 6,797
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 2019
- 59% women
- 38% men
Average Class Size: 21 students
Student to Faculty Ratio: 20:1
- 29.8% Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders
- 23.5% Filipino
- 7.9% Other Asian
- 8.7% Mixed Asian
- 9.7% Caucasian
- 15% Mixed Ethnicity
- 2% Hispanic
- 2.4% African American
- 1% All Other
Faculty & Staff (permanent positions, F2018)
- Number of Full-time Faculty: 209
- Number of Support Staff: 132
- 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 second 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.
- Leeward Community College is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2 Year Education (CAE2Y) through 2023. This designation recognizes that Leeward’s robust information assurance program meets industry, professional, and academic standards for cyber defense programs.
- The Teacher Education Program received Hawai‘i Department of Education approval for the delivery of Special Education Certificate of Competence II (SPED CoC II). In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, the Career and Technical Education program received the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s People's Choice Award for Hawaii’s Best Career and Technical Education and Leeward Theatre was a finalist in the Live Theatre category.
- In 2017, the Leeward Waiʻanae Moku education center moved to a new standalone facility which allows for enrollment growth in a historically underserved area.
- Leeward Theatre reopened in spring 2019 after a major refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the facility which was constructed in 1974.
Facts taken from UH IRO, Fall 2019.