UH Mānoa students enjoy a beautiful campus and a great education.

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.

See our fast facts or, for more detailed information about the University, please visit the Manoa Institutional Research Office (MIRO) 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)


  • Total student population: 18,056
    • Undergraduate: 13,132
    • Graduate: 4,924
  • Hawaiʻi (in-state) students: 67%
  • Out-of-state students: 27%
  • International students: 6%
  • States represented: 50
  • Countries & Regions represented: 142
  • Male/female ratio: 42:58

*current as of Fall 2016

Student Diversity - Undergraduates*

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education “The University of Hawaii-Manoa is the most diverse university in terms of students and faculty, with a student-body Diversity Index of 76 — a full 22 points greater than the index for the U.S. population as of 2010 — and a faculty index of 61.”

  • Asian: 36.6%
  • Caucasian: 22.1%
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 16.4%
  • Multiracial: 14.3%
  • International: 6%
  • Hispanic: 1.9%
  • Black or African American: 1.6%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.4%

*current as of Fall 2016



  • In-state tuition (avg.): $10,872*
  • Nonresident tuition (avg.): $32,904*
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE): $16,308*
  • Pacific Island Exemption: $16,308*


  • Resident: $10,192
  • Nonresident: $24,512

*Full-time undergraduate 2016-2017 full academic year.

Approximately 63% of students receive some form of financial aid. 23% of undergraduates live on-campus (10 residential halls and 2 apartment complexes). Rates shown reflect tuition cost only and are subject to change.


  • Average class size: 20
  • Colleges & Schools: 14
  • Degrees (programs & academic areas)
    • Bachelor’s degrees: 99
    • Master’s degrees: 85
    • Professional & Doctoral degrees: 58
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


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.


  • 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
  • Lee Jong-wook, 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, CNN Radio 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


See the Mānoa Institutional Research Office (MIRO) for domestic and international ranking information about the University.

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