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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.

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: 19,507
    • Undergraduate: 14,126
    • Graduate: 5,381
  • Hawaiʻi (in-state) students: 66 percent
  • Out-of-state students: 28 percent
  • International students: 6 percent
  • States represented: 50
  • Countries & Regions represented: over 126
  • Male/female ratio: 44:56

*current as of Fall 2014

Student Diversity - Undergraduates*

  • Asian: 36.1%
  • Caucasian: 23.2%
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 16.9%
  • Multiracial: 13.6%
  • International: 6.4%
  • Hispanic: 1.7%
  • Black or African American: 1.4%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%

*current as of Fall 2014


  • In-state tuition (avg.): $9,840*
  • Nonresident tuition (avg.): $28,632*
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE): $14,760*
  • Pacific Island Exemption: $14,760*
  • Fees: $782.00*
  • Room and board (avg.): $13,284*

*Full-time undergraduate 2014-2015 full academic year. Rates are subject to change.


  • Average class size: 20
  • Colleges & Schools: 14
  • Degrees (as of Fall 2010)
    • Bachelor’s degrees in 98 fields
    • Master’s degrees in 85 fields
    • Professional & Doctoral degrees in 57 fields
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


  • Full-time faculty: 1,209
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees: 87


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
  • Jong-wook Lee, 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, CNNRadio 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


U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings (2015)

  • Graduate College of Education: 76
  • Graduate School of Law: 82
  • Graduate College of Library and Information Sciences 27
  • Graduate School of Medicine – Primary Care: 19
  • Graduate School of Medicine – Research: 74

U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Subject Areas Rankings (2014)

  • Law School
    • Environmental Law: 25
    • Graduate Part-Time Law: 30
    • Most Diverse: 1
  • Library and Information Studies
    • Graduate School Library Media: 9
  • Medicine
    • Graduate Clinical Psychology: 104
    • Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling: 58
    • Graduate Speech-Language Pathology: 204
  • Natural Sciences
    • Graduate Biological Sciences: 115
    • Graduate Chemistry: 148
    • Graduate Mathematics: 126
    • Graduate Physics: 85
  • Nursing and Dental Hygiene
    • Graduate Nursing: 83
  • Ocean, Earth Science and Technology
    • Graduate Earth Sciences: 34
  • Social Sciences
    • Graduate Psychology: 101
  • Social Work
    • Graduate Social Work: 66
  • Human Resources
    • Graduate Public Affairs: 138

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2014)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, also known as Shanghai Ranking. This ranking uses six indicators to rank world universities. Each year more than 1200 universities are ranked and the best 500 are published. For more information, please click here.

  • UHM Overall Ranking in the World: 151-200
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 65-77
  • Sciences: 76-100
  • Social Sciences: 101-150
  • Physics: 44
  • Economics/Business: 151-200

Note: Rankings appear as a range when no more specific information is available.

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (2014)

The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities is released by National Taiwan University, also known as NTU Ranking. This Ranking provides overall rankings, rankings by six fields, and rankings by 14 selected subjects. NTU ranking employs bibliometric methods to analyze and rank the world’s top 500 universities selected from more than 4000 research institutions listed in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI). For more information please click here.

  • UHM Overall Ranking in the world: 203
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 80
  • Geosciences: 17
  • Environment/Ecology: 88
  • Physics: 104
  • Natural Sciences: 105
  • Plant and Animal Science: 109

See the Mānoa Institutional Research Office (MIRO) for the most current information.

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