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Best of the Best U.S.News & World Report - Best Graduate Schools 2011


UH Mānoa Distinctions

A doctorate-granting institution with very high research activity, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is the flagship institution of the University of Hawaiʻi System. Together with its distinctions in research and academic excellence, UH Mānoa's diverse student body and staff and its emphasis on Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asian studies make our campus truly unique.

Academic Excellence

UH Mānoa is a leader in Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asian studies, as well as in fields like Astronomy, Oceanography, International Business, and Travel Industry Management. We offer a wide array of degrees and certificates, including bachelor's degrees in 87 fields, master's degrees in 87 fields, and doctorates in 51 fields. We also offer three first professional degrees, three post-baccalaureate degrees, 29 undergraduate certificates, and 27 graduate certificates. We are the only UH campus with schools of Law, Medicine, Engineering, Nursing & Dental Hygiene, and Social Work, among others.

Leader in Research

Research lab test tubesThe National Science Foundation ranks UH Mānoa in the top 30 public universities in federal research funding for engineering and science and 49th overall. Over the past 10 years extramural funding has increased more than 50 percent. In 2008, UH Mānoa received $273 million in awards, with research grants reaching $173 million and nonresearch awards reaching $100 million.

UH Mānoa is one of only 32 institutions in the nation to hold the unique distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space grant research institution.

The College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources' Cooperative Extension Service provides science-based information and educational programs in agriculture, natural resources, and human resources. There are currently about 65 dedicated County Agents and Specialists performing extension work across the state of Hawaiʻi.

First-Rate Science

Coconut Island Research FacilitiesUH Mānoa's Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) at Coconut Island in Kāneʻohe Bay is the world's only coral reef research center and marine biology lab built on a coral reef.

Our top-ranked Institute for Astronomy is involved in three major next-generation telescope projects: the Pan-STARRS project which will detect killer asteroids threatening Earth; a NASA Discovery mission to a new class of comets that may be the source of the earth's ocean water; and the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope on Maui's Haleakala, which when complete, would be the largest solar telescope ever built and would investigate the sun's magnetic fields.

Within the next four years, the Hawaiʻi Space Flight Program will make UH Mānoa the first university in the world with the capability to design, build, launch, and control its own satellites.

Top Law Program

The William S. Richardson School of Law is ranked in the top 20 law schools in the country for environmental law, diversity, and low faculty/student ratio. It is also the smallest law school within the top 100 law schools, and is in the top 40 for first-time bar passage rate and for lowest student debt.

Excellence in Medicine & Business

According to U.S. News & World Report 2011 Graduate School guide, the John A. Burns School of Medicine geriatric medicine program ranks 18th in the nation and (for the first time) its rural medicine program ranks 22nd. The Shidler College of Business graduate program in international business ranks 21st.


UH Manoa graduatesUH Mānoa is proud of its diverse, multiethnic heritage. The School of Medicine is the most multi-ethnic in the nation, and the Law School consistently ranks among the most diverse in the nation.

Hawaiian, Pacific & Asian Studies

UH Mānoa is home to the nation's only School of Hawaiian Knowledge, which offers both bachelor's and master's degrees encompassing the breadth of Hawaiian knowledge and experience.

School of Hawaiian KnowledgeOur School of Pacific and Asian Studies hosts eight area centers focused on Asia and the Pacific, including Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Okinawan Studies, Pacific Islands Studies, Philippine Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies. We also offer instruction in more Asian-Pacific languages than any other U.S. institution of higher learning, from Hawaiian and Samoan to Korean and Japanese.

The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. Located on UH Mānoa's campus, this national and regional resource offers an interdisciplinary research program, dialogue and professional enrichment programs, and educational programs with strong ties to UH Mānoa students, faculty, and staff.

Unique Facilities

The design of the Center for Korean Studies was inspired by Kyongbok Palace in Seoul, Korea. The main building was based on the design of the palace's throne hall.

The Waikīkī Aquarium, founded in 1904 and part of UH Mānoa since 1919, is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States. The aquarium was designated the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center for the Pacific Island Region of the Coastal America Partnership. The aquarium's exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaiʻi and the tropical Pacific.

Lyon Arboretum signThe Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the only university botanical garden located in a tropical rainforest in the United States. On its 194 acres, the Arboretum maintains a world-renowned collection of more than 5,000 tropical plant species including one of the largest palm collections found in a botanical garden. Its major emphases are tropical plants, native Hawaiian plants, conservation biology, and Hawaiian ethnobotany.

UH Mānoa is home to nearly 600 kinds of plants and trees, including over 100 Monkey Pod trees (Samanea saman) or ʻohai and a gigantic Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata), also known as a Dead Rat tree. Garden collections at UH Mānoa include a palm collection, a botanical garden, and the East-West Center Japanese Garden and Native Plants Garden.