University of Hawaii--Manoa

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2500 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-8111
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 1
application deadline

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#158 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Hawaii--Manoa is a public institution that was founded in 1907. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,655, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 320 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Hawaii--Manoa's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 158. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,904 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,472 (2013-14).

The University of Hawaii—Manoa is located just outside downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The school's academic departments include the School of Hawaiian Knowledge, the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies. Outside of class, there are more than 200 student organizations to check out. UH Manoa's recreation center coordinates kayaking trips, sailing and surfing classes, snorkeling and hiking excursions and more. Most of the University of Hawaii—Manoa's athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference.

The school also offers a wide variety of graduate programs, including degrees through its highly ranked College of Education, the William S. Richardson School of Law, the Shidler College of Business and the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Notable alumni of the University of Hawaii—Manoa include oceanographer Robert Ballard, former Citigroup chairman Richard Parsons and President Barack Obama’s parents, Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham Soetoro.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Hawai`i at Manoa's special distinction is found in our Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific orientation and our unique location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The setting and the diversity of our students and faculty foster unique advantages in the study of Asian and Pacific cultures, foreign languages, tropical agriculture, tropical medicine, ocean and marine sciences, astronomy, volcanology, and international business.

Our unique geographical, cultural, and historical heritage suggests that the University of Hawai`i at Manoa values and the responsibilities inherent in embracing those values include the following:

A focus on developing an awareness of and sensitivity to diversity and commonality. The Manoa campus is culturally rich and complex, providing a perfect social setting for frequent interactions with persons from
cultures other than one's own. At Manoa we incorporate and celebrate intercultural experiences and understanding into our social and educational environments in a comprehensive fashion. Manoa is also a place where historic political, economic and social conflicts between Native Hawaiian people, settlers and working immigrants have contributed to the diverse perspectives, beliefs, values and even conceptual frameworks of our islands' people. Growing out of the core Hawaiian value of aloha, an essential component of the Manoa Experience, are insights that both bond us and simultaneously express the variations that collectively enrich us.

A focus on global awareness and local responsibility. These values are consistent with a uniquely Hawaiian place of learning. Hawai`i is a place where the strength of identity is important to Native Hawaiian people
struggling to maintain traditional connections while establishing new global relationships. Their struggle for cultural distinction forms a significant part of the story of human history and change. Hawai`i is also a place
where the peoples from Asia, Europe, and the Pacific regions gathered, formed communities, and built lives together. The pluri-cultural children of Hawai`i are global citizens, a true pan-ethnic population. Hence, we attempt to
infuse our pedagogical, social, and cultural environments with a global perspective and with questions and issues of global significance. Moreover, engaging and acting upon local questions and issues during their
educational experience at Manoa engenders in students a sense of responsibility toward future generations.

A focus on sustainability and renewability. These values are also a reflection of our unique Hawaiian cultural history, as voiced in the Hawaiian core value of malama i ka aina, malama i ke kai (caring for the land and sea that sustain us). The Hawaiian culture teaches us to see Manoa as part of an ahupua`a extending from mountaintop to ocean, emphasizing an ecosystem understanding of our home. Hawai`i's unique geographical status as the most isolated, populated land mass on the planet makes it incumbent upon us to develop research, technologies, economy, and a way of life based on sustainability and renewability, as Polynesians did over thousands of years of voyaging, discovery and settlement. Fostering a pedagogical, social, and cultural environment that reflects these values and the knowledge developed by Native Hawaiians over the millennia is central to our efforts. Cultivating, practicing, and communicating these values are our University's gifts and obligation to the rest of the world.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1907
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $186,221,700


When applying to University of Hawaii--Manoa, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at University of Hawaii--Manoa is $70. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 81.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 81.2%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

University of Hawaii--Manoa has 60.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate 17%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

University of Hawaii--Manoa has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,655, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. University of Hawaii--Manoa is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 20,426
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Hawaii--Manoa offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Hawaii--Manoa also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Hawaii--Manoa, 15 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Hawaii--Manoa.

Students who have cars on campus 15%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Hawaii--Manoa, 53.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,747.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,904 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $27,472 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,218 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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