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About UH Mānoa

Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaiʻi System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Mānoa's unique research opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletics program, and beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and universities, our students get a great education and have a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning—truly like no place else on earth.

For more detailed information about the University please visit the Manoa Institutional Research office pages.

At a Glance

  • Founded: 1907
  • Location: beautiful Mānoa Valley, just outside downtown Honolulu, Hawaiʻi on the island of Oʻahu
  • Campus size: 320 acres
  • University of Hawaiʻi System motto: Maluna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Above all nations is humanity)


  • Average class size: 20
  • Colleges & Schools: 14
  • Degrees (as of Fall 2010)
    • Bachelor’s degrees in 97 fields
    • Master’s degrees in 85 fields
    • Professional & Doctoral degrees in 57 fields
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Student Diversity - Undergraduates*

  • Asian: 41 percent
  • Caucasian: 24 percent
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 16 percent
  • Two or more races: 14 percent
  • Hispanic: 2 percent
  • Black or African American: 1 percent
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0 percent

*Fall 2013


  • Full-time faculty: 1,209
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees: 87


One of only a handful of universities nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, UH Mānoa is ranked in the top 50 public universities in research expenditures by the National Science Foundation. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa maintains a vibrant and active research program with more than $300 million in new extramural funds for research in 2014. UH Mānoa’s faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Institute of Medicine.

Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity,” UH Mānoa is known for its pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer research, and genetics.


  • Total student population: 20,006
    • Undergraduate: 14,499
    • Graduate: 5,507
    • Law: 324
    • Medicine: 480
  • Hawaiʻi (in-state) students: 67 percent
  • Out-of-state students: 27 percent
  • International students: 6 percent
  • States represented: 50
  • Countries represented: over 119
  • Male/female ratio: 44:56

*Fall 2013


  • In-state tuition (avg.): $9,840*
  • Out-of-state tuition (avg.): $28,632*
  • Fees: $782.00*
  • Room and board (avg.): $13,284*

*Full-time undergraduate 2014-2015 full academic year. Rates are subject to change.


  • Member of the Mountain West Conference (football) / Big West Conference
  • NCAA Division I
  • Diverse NCAA Division I athletics program with approximately 450 student athletes competing on 21 men’s, women’s and co-ed varsity teams

Campus Life

  • Student organizations: over 200
  • Intramural sports: varies by semester


More than 170,000 alumni reside in 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide. Below are just a few of UH Mānoa’s many notable graduates who are leaders in their field:

  • Neil Abercrombie, MA ’64, PhD ’74, former Governor of Hawaiʻi
  • Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, ’96, USA Volleyball Team member and former Olympian
  • Daniel Akaka, BEd ’52, MEd ’66, U.S. Senator (retired)
  • Arsenio Balisacan, PhD, ’85, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority of the Philippines
  • Robert Ballard, MS ’66, oceanographer
  • Angela Perez Baraquio, BEd ’99, MEd ’04, Miss America 2001
  • Michael Chun, MS ’68, president, Kamehameha Schools
  • Tammy Duckworth, BA ’90, U.S. Congresswoman former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Colleen Hanabusa, BA ’73, MA ’75, JD ’77, former U.S. Congresswoman
  • Mazie Hirono, BA ’70, U.S. Senator
  • David Ige, BS '79, MBA '85, Governor of Hawaiʻi
  • Daniel Inouye (late), BA ’50, U.S. Senator
  • Jong-wook Lee, MPH ’81, former Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • Edward Tsang Lu, postdoctoral fellow, former NASA Astronaut
  • Sabrina McKenna, BA ’78, JD ’82, Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Patsy Mink, BA ’48, former U.S. Congresswoman
  • Kenneth P. Moritsugu, BA ’67, former Surgeon General
  • Ken Niumatalolo, BA ’90, U.S. Naval Academy head football coach
  • Barack Obama Sr., BA ’62, Father of U.S. President Barack Obama
  • Richard D. Parsons, BA ’68, former Chairman of Citigroup
  • Cheryl Castro Petti, BA ’94, CNNRadio network anchor
  • Patricia Saiki, BS ’52, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and teacher
  • Ann Dunham Soetoro, PhD ’92, mother of U.S. President Barack Obama
  • Jay Shidler, BBA ’68, entrepreneur and benefactor of the Shidler College of Business
  • Mark Takai, BA '90, MPH '93, U.S. Congressman
  • Charles Nainoa Thompson, BA ’86, navigator and former trustee of Kamehameha Schools


  • The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, popularly known as the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings after the university in China that developed them, lists UH Mānoa as between 151-200 in its ranking of 500 international universities, and between 65-77 among universities in the United States.
  • The 2014 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities is released by National Taiwan University, also known as NTU Ranking. NTU ranking employs bibliometric methods to analyze and rank the world’s top 500 universities selected from more than 4,000 research institutions.
    • UHM Overall Ranking in the world: 203
    • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 80
    • Geosciences: 17
    • Environment/Ecology: 88
    • Physics: 104
    • Natural Sciences: 105
    • Plant and Animal Science: 109
  • The Princeton Review (2012) ranked the William S. Richardson School of Law #1 in the nation for having the “Best Environment for Minority Students” and 4th best in the United States in the “Most Diverse Faculty” category
  • According to the 2011 U.S. News & World Report law school rankings the William S. Richardson School of Law ranks 2nd best in student/teacher ratio and is the smallest law school among the top 100 law schools. It also ranked as the 23rd most selective school in terms of the ratio of admission offers/applications and in the top 50 for first-time bar passage rate.
  • The 2013 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranked UH Mānoa 6th in ethic diversity among national universities and 83rd overall in its list of Top Public Schools
  • U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools 2011 ranks the John A. Burns School of Medicine geriatric medicine program 18th in the nation while ranking its Rural Medicine Program 22nd in the nation

U.S. News & World Report: 2013 Best Graduate Schools ranks our:

  • College of Education in the top 17% of graduate education programs in the nation and in the top 100 for online education programs in the 2012 edition;
  • William S. Richardson School of Law’s full-time program 106 out of the nation’s top 146 law schools, ranks number one in country for the highest diversity, third-best in student/teacher ratio and is the highest-ranking small law school in the top tier. It also ranks among the top 25 most selective schools in terms of the ratio of admission offers/applications, 23rd for part-time programs and 22nd for top Environmental Law Program in the nation;
  • School of Social Work 66th among the nation’s top 200 social work programs;
  • John A. Burns School of Medicine primary care program 83rd in the nation; and the research program 80th;
  • Shidler College of Business part-time MBA program 116th

U.S. News & World Report: 2012 Best Graduate Schools ranks our:

  • Nursing program among the country’s top 100 best nursing schools;
  • Library and Information Science program school library media specialization among the top 10 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report: 2012 Best Colleges ranks:

  • UH Mānoa among the top-tier “Best National Universities” in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges”
  • Shidler College of Business in the top 25 percent of “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” and the College’s undergraduate program in International Business 12th. U.S. News also ranked Shidler’s MBA programs in the top 25% overall for 2012

Source: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Institutional Research Office

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