Mānoa Overview

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa is a premier research university of international standing. Mānoa is the flagship of the University of Hawaii System, the state's sole public university system governed by a 12-member Board of Regents. A land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, Mānoa creates, refines, disseminates, and perpetuates human knowledge; offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through the doctoral level; carries out advanced research; and extends services to the community.

Located in Mānoa Valley on the island of Oahu, our university was founded in 1907 under the auspices of the Morrill Act as a land-grant college of agriculture and mechanic arts. With the addition of a College of Arts and Sciences in 1920, the college became the University of Hawaii, and in 1972, it became the University of Hawaii at Mānoa to distinguish it from the other units in the growing UH system.

Today more than 20,300 students are enrolled in Mānoa courses, on campus or via distance delivery. Classified as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive institution, Mānoa offers 87 bachelor's degrees, 87 master's degrees, and 51 doctorates. We also offer first professional degrees in law, medicine, and architecture. Approximately 69 percent of Mānoa students are undergraduates, 57 percent are of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry, and 56 percent are women.

Mānoa's special distinction is found in its Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific orientation and unique location. Together, these foster advantages in tropical agriculture, tropical medicine, oceanography, astronomy, electrical engineering, volcanology, evolutionary biology, comparative philosophy, urban planning and international trade. Mānoa also offers instruction in more languages than most U.S. institutions of higher learning. As a result, students are provided special opportunities for research, service learning, and co-curricular activities in Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian studies. The beauty of the verdant Mānoa valley provides a backdrop for a unique, yet inviting, campus. Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific traditions are well represented throughout the campus. There is an authentic Japanese tea house and garden, a replica of a Korean king's throne hall, and a Hawaiian taro patch. Off-campus facilities include the Lyon Arboretum, the Waikiki Aquarium, several marine facilities, and the world famous telescopes atop Mauna Kea.

The University of Hawaii was first accredited by the Western College Association in 1952. The Mānoa campus is currently accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Twenty-eight professional programs are also accredited by appropriate agencies.

Updated October 26, 2006