University of Hawaii, Manoa

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School Overview

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A-List Ranking

The University of Hawaii – Manoa (UH Manoa), with its tropical location on the big island of Hawaii, is an incredible environment in which to gain an education. In addition to an unusually large number of degree program possibilities, the school offers unique fields of study and a setting that encourages exploration of the natural world.

Widely recognized for its ethnic diversity, UH Manoa gives its students the chance to encounter a wide variety of cultures, races, and languages as they pursue their academic degrees. Asian cultures are strongly represented, as are the unique and beautiful customs native to the 50th state. An education from UH Manoa is not only high-quality, but also an experience never to be forgotten.

Admissions Information

Applicants to UH Manoa must include a completed application form, high school transcripts, SAT/ACT test scores, and a fee of $70.00. Certain application deadlines vary between departments, but all applications for fall enrollment must be filed by March 1. Applications for spring enrollment must be filed by October 1. The college also accommodates home-schooled students whose transcripts and test scores do not fit standard patterns.

College Majors

UH Manoa serves its students with nearly 90 majors, supplemented with over 30 minors. Majors range from traditional subjects like Art, History, Business, Computer Science, English, Journalism, Music, Psychology, and Theater to some unique offerings. These unusual but important majors include:

  • Aging
  • Asian Studies
  • Botany and Ethnobotany
  • East Asian Languages and Literature (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean)
  • Hawaiian Studies
  • Marine Biology
  • Peace Studies
  • Tropical Plant & Soil Sciences
  • Zoology

With scores of undergraduate degree programs to choose from, UH Manoa practically guarantees a good fit for each student's unique set of
interests. Bachelor's degree programs include:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Pest Management
  • Plant and Environmental Biotechnology
  • Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences
  • American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Drama/Theater Arts
  • Music – General
  • Marine/Aquatic Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Accounting
  • Business – General
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Finance/Banking
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing Management
  • Travel/Tourism Management
  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • ESL Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Graduate Programs

Graduate students can pursue the following advanced degrees, among others:

Master of Arts in:

  • American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Hawaiian Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Theater

Master of Science in:

  • Animal Science
  • Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Social Work
  • Urban and Regional Planning

PhD in:

  • Anthropology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theater
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Online Programs

UH Manoa works with the other University of Hawaii campuses to provide educational resources for students who cannot always make it to a physical classroom. The courses offered online currently include certification, undergraduate, master's, and even doctoral level classes.


UH Manoa consistently ranks near the top of various lists published by the U.S. News & World Report. Most recently, these include best online education programs (top 100), best Environmental Law program (22nd place), best nursing schools (top 100), and best undergraduate business programs (top 25 percent). The school also earns high praise from various groups for its ethnic diversity and its friendliness to minority students.


The Western Association of Schools and Colleges periodically reviews UH Manoa and renews its accreditation status. The most recent review took place in 2011, with the next review scheduled for 2021.


UH Manoa is divided into quite a few departments, reflecting the great diversity of its degree programs.


  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Tropical Agriculture
  • Human Resources
  • Outreach College


  • Architecture
  • Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Earth Science
  • Technology
  • Pacific & Asian Studies
  • Social Work
  • Travel Industry Management

Financial Aid

UH Manoa has a highly developed financial aid office, which is fully prepared to help students explore the grant, loan, scholarship, and student employment possibilities open to them. All forms of federal aid are eligible, as are state programs such as the State of Hawaii B Plus Scholarship.


Students can study for courses and expand their knowledge at UH Manoa's five campus libraries:

  • Hamilton Library
  • Sinclair Library
  • JABSOM Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Institute for Astronomy


As an NCAA Division I school, UH Manoa has plenty for athletic students to get excited about. The school offers all the standard sports programs, plus a few unusual ones that are ideal, given the tropical location. Sailing, swimming and diving, and water polo have an important place in the athletic program. As you might expect, recreational water sports and exploration of the Hawaiian natural habitat are favorite activities among students.

Student Housing

Two residence halls and an apartment complex available to upperclassmen comprise the main part of UH Manoa's student housing. These facilities are smoke-free and are capable of
accommodating students with special needs. A referral program is also available to help students find appropriate housing off-campus but within a comfortable distance.

Online Distance Learning and Degree Programs

Currently, the University of Hawaii Manoa does not offer an extensive selection of entirely online degree programs or courses. They do, however, have a well-developed distance learning program offered through the university's ten campuses for students unable to attend classes on-campus. Distance learning is offered via a variety of technologies including video, audio, and online.

The distance learning and online programs offered through the University of Hawaii Manoa include disaster preparedness and emergency management, addiction studies, health care administration, counseling, library sciences, human resources management, business, nursing (online and on-site), social sciences, social work and education. Many of the university's programs are offered through a combination of campus and online study.

General Information

Admission Office

2600 Campus Road, QLC Rm 001

Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 956-8975

(800) 823-9771

Fax: (808) 956-4148

Contact: Jan Heu

Director of Admissions and Records
Main Address

2500 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822-2217

(808) 956-8111

Total undergrads: 13,810

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,866

Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,438

Graduate enrollment: 5,701


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 67%

Percent students who return for sophomore year: 78%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $5,390 $6,258 $7,167 $8,095 +12.95%
Books and Supplies $1,179 $1,226 $1,123 $1,146 +2.05%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,335 $7,564 $8,493 $9,410 +10.80%
Other $1,693 $1,780 $1,674 $1,729 +3.29%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $12,125 $12,493 $12,802 $12,536 -2.08%
Other $1,693 $1,780 $1,674 $1,729 +3.29%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $15,597 $16,828 $18,457 $20,380 +10.42%
In-state Off Campus $20,387 $21,757 $22,766 $23,506 +3.25%
In-state with Family $6,569 $7,484 $8,290 $9,241 +11.47%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees

Tuition for In-state Students $9,960
In-state Student Fees $531
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $24,168
Out-of-state Fees $531

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,238 68%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,000 55% $4,119,698 $4,120
• Federal grants 315 17% $1,408,684 $4,472
• Pell grants 313 17% $1,105,966 $3,533
• Other federal grants 224 12% $302,718 $1,351
State/local government grant or scholarships 84 5% $204,054 $2,429
Institutional grants or scholarships 798 44% $2,506,960 $3,142
Student loan aid 598 33% $3,478,133 $5,816
• Federal student loans 584 32% $2,900,708 $4,967
Other student loans 95 5% $577,425 $6,078
Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources included above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
Grant or scholarship aid 5,531 40% $31,541,456 $5,703
• Pell grants 2,591 19% $8,806,749 $3,399
• Federal student loans 6,553 47% $26,053,834 $3,976

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2810 1159 350 60
Agriculture 23 5
Animal Sciences 8 1
Food Science 2
Horticultural Science
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management 1
Plant Sciences, Other 6
Soil Sciences, Other 8 2
Architecture and Related Services 31 29
Architecture 27
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 31 2
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 91 34 2
American Indian/Native American Studies 20 4
American/United States Studies/Civilization 16 5 2
Asian Studies/Civilization 28 15
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 12
Pacific Area/Pacific Rim Studies 10
Women's Studies 15
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 154 40 41
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 104
Biomedical Sciences 4 3
Botany/Plant Biology 7 12 7
Botany/Plant Biology, Other
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 5
Epidemiology 1
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 12
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 3
Microbiology 19 5 6
Physiology 7
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 2 3
Reproductive Biology 1
Zoology/Animal Biology 12 5 16
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 632 191 3
Accounting 117 37
Business Administration and Management 70 108
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 7
Finance 144
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 17 44
International Business/Trade/Commerce 44 3
Management Information Systems 25
Marketing/Marketing Management 106
Tourism and Travel Services Management 102 2
Communication and Journalism Programs 132 9 5
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 5
Journalism 29
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 103 9
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 28
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 28
Computing and Information Sciences 25 9 2
Computer and Information Sciences 4 1
Computer Science 21 8 2
Education 148 319 12 60
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 5
Curriculum and Instruction 95
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 9 1
Education 10
Educational Leadership and Administration 27
Educational/Instructional Technology 28
Elementary Education and Teaching 71
Secondary Education and Teaching 33 55
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education 38
Special Education and Teaching 35 27 5
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and
Methods, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 30 2
Engineering 157 50 14
Agricultural Engineering 7 10 4
Civil Engineering 61 14 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 49 10 5
Mechanical Engineering 40 9 2
Ocean Engineering 7 2
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 91 20 9
English Language and Literature 91 20 9
Rhetoric and Composition
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 113 56 14
American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature 15 3 6
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Filipino/Tagalog Language and Literature 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 12 2
French Language and Literature 9 4
German Language and Literature 2
Japanese Language and Literature 51 9 5
Korean Language and Literature 6 19 1
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 2
Linguistics 13
Russian Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 13 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 152 55 66
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/Pathologist 8
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 10
Communication Sciences and Disorders 12 2
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 19
Medicine 58
Nursing Science
Public Health 18 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 111 27 7
History 64 5 4
History 64 5 4
Human Services 25 126 1
Public Administration 27
Social Work 25 99 1
Legal and Law Studies 15 82
Law 82
Programs For Foreign Lawyers 15
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 124
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 124
Library Science 29
Library and Information Science 29
Mathematics and Statistics 14 6
Mathematics 14 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 18 4
Nutrition Sciences 18 4
Natural Resources and Conservation 29 9 4
Environmental Science 10
Natural Resources Management and Policy 19 9 4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 41 22
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 41 22
Physical Sciences 37 33 27
Astronomy 3 7
Chemistry 15 6 2
Geology and Earth Science 8 6 7
Meteorology 8 3 5
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 10 5
Physics 6 5 1
Psychology 162 13 9
Educational Psychology 4 2
Psychology 162 9 7
Social Sciences 315 45 24
Anthropology 21 11 7
Economics 79 7 3
Geography 15 5 2
Political Science and Government 88 16 10
Sociology 112 6 2
Visual and Performing Arts 149 33 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2
Art/Art Studies 116 7
Dance 5 3
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 9 10
Music 19 11 2
Work and Family Studies 86
Apparel and Textiles 34
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other 52
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Animal Sciences B
Pest Management B
Plant and Environmental Biotechnology B
Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Native American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Botany B
Ethnobotany B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Microbiology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Travel/Tourism Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


ESL Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B


Agricultural Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
Filipino/Tagalog B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Korean B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Dental Hygiene B
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Nutrition Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Meteorology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (808) 956-8111
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 2500 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822-2217
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 17,490
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 60%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 13,943 (80% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $12,186
Out-of-state Tuition: $34,218
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 77%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,373

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 331
Architecture and Related Services 111
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 641
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 91011
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 942
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 211
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 211
Education 4583
Engineering 555
English Language and Literature/Letters 111
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1074
Health Professions and Related Programs 543
History 111
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Library Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 211
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 221
Physical Sciences 677
Psychology 122
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 121
Social Sciences 555
Visual and Performing Arts 452
Grand total 4887956

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Hawaii at Manoa and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,186
Out-of-state $34,218
Books and supplies $1,058

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $16,814
Out-of-state $38,294

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,633 77%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,360 64% $7,373
Student loan aid 736 35% $6,454

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,756 60% $8,975
Federal student loans 4,323 33% $6,537

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Hawaii at Manoa. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Hawaii at Manoa students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 16,235 4,733 11,502
Percent admitted 100% 63% 57%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 17% 11%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Hawaii at Manoa Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 17,490
Undergraduate enrollment 12,631
Graduate enrollment 4,859

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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