Students Say

The University of Hawaii—Manoa, the flagship school of the University of Hawaii system, offers a solid education and university experience at a competitive price. Students appreciate the diversity of the school—“not only of the students and staff, but of what is offered”—and the “great feeling of collaboration and integration across all levels—amongst colleges, students, faculty, and the community.” Even those who are not from Hawaii are treated with “the aloha spirit” in which the school goes out of its way to “include those who are not from Hawaii into the UH Ohana” (a Hawaiian term that refers to a family).

Overview

Applicants
7,361
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 580
SAT Math
500 - 620
ACT Composite
20 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The University of Hawaii—Manoa, the flagship school of the University of Hawaii system, offers a solid education and university experience at a competitive price. Students appreciate the diversity of the school—“not only of the students and staff, but of what is offered”—and the “great feeling of collaboration and integration across all levels—amongst colleges, students, faculty, and the community.” Even those who are not from Hawaii are treated with “the aloha spirit” in which the school goes out of its way to “include those who are not from Hawaii into the UH Ohana” (a Hawaiian term that refers to a family).

Professors are “knowledgeable in their field, share their knowledge easily, and seem to be enthusiastic in making sure that I understand the subject matter.” The majority of the faculty gets top marks, and most “care more about the actual education of the students…others are just there to teach.” “My professors are incredibly helpful and always willing to lend an ear if I need it,” says a student. “A lot of them are laid-back, reflecting the Hawaiian lifestyle.” While some admit that “the absolute academic standards are not high,” the school is “always encouraging interested students to push themselves and think outside the box. There is just enough competition between students to maintain quality.” Notably, the Hawaiian program is strong here. “We have a lo’i, which is a taro patch where students plant and learn sustainability through the old Hawaiian irrigation system,” says a student. As a large state school, UH “has a lot of research going on,” but students admit, “The administrative organization leaves much to be desired.” The school “is big on improvements for students,” and it does “a very good job when it comes to presenting students with all types of internship and job opportunities.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13.5:1
Total Faculty
1,271
with Terminal Degree
1,088

693
Men
578
Women
554
Minority
82
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

Accounting
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Education
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
American Studies
Anatomy
Anthropology
Archeology
Architecture
Art Education
Art History
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Biochemistry
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration/Management
Business Education
Chemistry
Chinese
Civil Engineering
Classics
Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Dance
Dental Hygiene
East Asian Studies
Economics
Education
Education Administration
Educational Psychology
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
English
Entomology
Environmental Design/Architecture
Ethnic Studies
Finance
French
Geography
Geology
German
Gerontology
Historic Preservation
Human Development
Human Resources Management
Interior Architecture
International Business
Japanese
Journalism
Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture
Library Science
Linguistics
Management Information Systems
Managerial Economics
Marketing
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Technology
Museum Studies
Music Education
Music History
Nursing
Ocean Engineering
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Plant Pathology
Political Science
Pre-Dentistry
Pre-Medicine
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Religious Studies
Russian
Social Work
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asia Studies
Special Education
Sport and Leisure Studies
Sustainable Resource Management
Teacher Education
Teaching English as a Second Language
Technology Education
Theatre
Urban Planning
Women's Studies
Zoology

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Daniel Inouye
US Senator (first Japanese American US Senator)

Robert Ballard
Oceanographer

Richard Parsons
CEO, TimeWarner/AOL

Cheryl Castro Petti
CNN Radio/ Network Anchor

Neil Abercrombie
US Congressman

Angela Baraquio
Miss Hawaii 2000 and Miss America 2001

Patsy Mink
Former US Congresswoman

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
74
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,359

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,944

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,469

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,512

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,707

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,840
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$28,632
Required Fees
$740
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,246

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,682
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

This large school represents an “amalgamation of many different cultures,” and students fit in “by doing the usual college biz—joining clubs, mingling with classmates, and not being a wallflower.” Everyone gets along just fine, as “there are too many students to form any sort of social hierarchy.” There are a decent number of nontraditional aged students, and many students are from one of the islands of Hawaii, “so most go home on holidays or even for weekends.” Though a lot of students like to go to the beach and have fun on their days off, “a lot of people here work really hard and have jobs in addition to being fulltime students, because the cost of living out here is pretty high.” All in all, “It’s a very easygoing place. You can stop and talk to any random student and they will chat with you.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,499
Out of State

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
98

Demographics

41.88%
Asian
1.50%
African-American
2.01%
Hispanic
21.30%
Caucasian
3.14%
International

55% female
45% male
83% are full time
17% are part time

Overview

Students Say

As expected, the campus is located in a “paradise with an urban center,” though some of the buildings are “rundown.” Almost everyone, from students to staff, lead a “laid-back lifestyle,” including—of course—surfing. For the most part, “Students think about going to the beach, surfing, and many of the activities you can do here in Hawaii.” There are many other student organizations and extracurricular activities to choose from, and “the different clubs are always hosting events that everyone is invited to enjoy, which makes a great way to wind down for the weekend.” The commuting students do tend to empty out the campus and school spirit a little, but the beach certainly helps to fill that void. Many of the out-of-state students “feel great living in an environment with so much beauty and cultural influences.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
23%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
55%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
89

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
161
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
24

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Rainbow Warriors, Warriors)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Diving
Football
Golf
Sailing
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Rainbow Wahine)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: www.hawaii.edu/diversity

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
165

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Please refer to www.uhbooks.hawaii.edu/computers www.hawaii.edu/infotech/pricelists

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Irene Galinato
Campus Tour Coordinator

Address
School and College Services
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone
808-956-7137

Email
visituhm@hawaii.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center
Queen Lili'uokalani Ctr for Student Svcs
Quad Courtyard
Sinclair Library
Hamilton Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Waikiki Beach/Diamond Head
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Hanauma Bay
Aloha Tower Market Place
Polynesian Cultural Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
MWF 9-1030, TTh 1-230
808-956-7137

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: MWF 9:30-10:30 TR 1:30-2:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
MWF 9:00-9:30 TR 1:00-1:30

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
athdir@hawaii.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airport: Honolulu International Airport Available Tranportation: Taxis, shuttles, + rental cars are available from the airport to campus. The city bus departs from the 2nd floor of the airport + is an option if you have carry-on bag only.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Honolulu International Airport: Take H1 East; Exit University Avenue; Proceed north on University Ave. to the college entrance. The airport is 9 miles away from the university, but drive time varies with traffic.

Local Accommodations
All hotels in the Waikiki Beach area are within a 10-15 minute drive to campus. The Outrigger Hotels operate 20 hotels n Oahu, with a wide range of prices (inexpensive to expensive). Contact their reservations agent at (800) 442 7302. Hilton, Sheraton and Marriott Hotels are also located in the Waikiki area.
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Key Stats

7,361
Applicants
14,499
Size
80%
Acceptance Rate
1080
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists