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.”
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