University of Hawaii at Manoa

Oct 20, 2021

About the University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) is located on the island of Oahu, just outside of downtown Honolulu, in the Manoa Valley. Located on 320 acres, it was founded in 1907 and is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii system.

The Rainbow Warriors of UH Manoa compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). There are 20 men's, women's and coed varsity teams comprised of approximately 450 students. The Rainbow Warriors are also a part of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association and the NCAA Division I.

99% of undergraduate students are members of a fraternity or sorority. Only 15% of students have cars on campus. The motto for the UH System is, 'Above all nations is humanity' ('Maluna a'e o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka').


The average class size at UH Manoa is 25. There are nine colleges and nine schools; combined they offer 92 Bachelor's, 84 Master's, 51 Doctoral, and three professional degrees. These counts are as of fall 2010.

In the 2010-2011 school year, 2,957 Bachelor's degrees were awarded. The five most popular majors were Psychology (193), Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (123), Accounting (119), Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (117), and Finance (114).

UH Manoa is accredited through the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 85.4% of the UH Manoa faculty hold doctoral degrees. There are 1,229 full-time faculty members.


Incoming freshman applications are due by May 1. For international students or priority consideration, applications are due by January 5. UH Manoa requirements include a cumulative GPA of 2.8 and high school ranking in the top 40%. Students may take either the SAT or the ACT. Score requirements for the SAT are 510 (each section) and 22 (each section) for the ACT.

Undergraduate enrollment for Fall 2011 was 14,402, with an additional 1,874 undergraduates transferring in. About 41% of undergraduates are Asian, about 21% Caucasian, about 17% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, about 14% are two or more races, 2% Hispanic, and and 1% are Black or African American. 82% were 24 years of age or younger; 18% were 25 or older. 69% were in-state residents, 29% were out-of-state, and 1% of students were from foreign countries.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2011-2012 academic year, in addition to tuition costs (in-state $9,100, out-of-state $23,932), books and supplies costs were estimated at $1,170. On campus room and board costs were $10,279. Total on campus expenses were $22,071 for in-state, on-campus students and $36,903 for out-of-state, on-campus students.

1,306 full-time beginning undergraduate students (72%) received some kind of financial aid for the 2010-2011 academic year. 28% received federal grants averaging $4,797 per student, while 50% received institutional grants or scholarships averaging $4,071 each. 39% of the students received an average student loan amount of $5,492.

University of Hawaii at Manoa QUICK FACTS
School Type 4-year, Public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degree, post-baccalaureate certificate, master's degree, doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation N/A***
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting City: Large**
Student Body 20,429 (14,402 undergraduate)**
Schools and Programs 9 colleges and 9 schools*
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Bachelor's: Psychology (193); Master's: Business Administration and Management (196); Doctoral: Medicine (61)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2005: 18% in 4 years, 55% in 6 years, 53% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 71%**
Entering Class Size 2,018 as of Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 79% full-time (58% part-time)**
ACT and SAT Score Requirements 22 (ACT) and 510 (SAT) on each part*
Application Due Date May 1*
Tuition (2011-2012) $9,100 in-state tuition and fees ($23,932 out-of-state)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Federal grants (59%), Pell grants (28%), other federal grants (18%), state and local grants/scholarships (10%), institutional grants/scholarships (50%), federal loans (38%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 72%**

Sources: *University of Hawaii at Manoa, **IPEDS Data Center for Education, ***US News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Office of Admissions, 2600 Campus Road, Room 001, Honolulu, HI 96822-2385
  • Phone: 1-800-823-9771 or 808-956-8975
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