UH Mānoa is ranked by a variety of organizations that each develops its own methodology. MIRO collects information on how Mānoa is ranked internationally and nationally, as well as rankings about colleges or programs. Because there is no one ranking that can accurately and thoroughly describe Mānoa or its programs, the different perspectives reflected by these rankings help to draw a picture of the excellence of the university. For questions about ranking methodologies, please contact the organizations that publish the rankings directly. To provide information about new rankings, please contact us by e-mail.

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

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and is also known as Shanghai Ranking. All the data used in ARWU is from third parties and publicly available. ARWU does not use data directly from universities. 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.

Released on August 15, 2018:

  • UHM Overall Ranking in the World: 201-300
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.:  70-95 

Released on July 17, 2018:

Natural Sciences

  • Oceanography: 8
  • Atmospheric Science: 30
  • Earth Sciences: 51-75
  • Ecology: 151-200

Life Sciences

  • Agricultural Sciences: 401-500 

Social Sciences

  • Communication: 76-100
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management: 76-100
  • Education: 101-150 
  • Public Administration: 151-200
  • Political Sciences: 201-300
  • Psychology: 301-400
  • Management: 301-400


  • Environmental Science & Engineering: 301-400
  • Energy Science & Engineering: 401-500

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

ARWU Ranking Methodology

ARWU Ranking Methodology by Fields

ARWU Ranking Methodology by Subjects

National Taiwan University Rankings

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University (NTU) (2017) (Released on October 10, 2017)

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: 204
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 71
  • Geosciences: 28
  • Environment/Ecology: 108
  • Physics: 118
  • Natural Sciences: 127
  • Plant and Animal Science: 153

NTU Ranking Methodology 

TIMES Higher Education World University Rankings

TIMES Higher Education World University Rankings 

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings evaluate world-class universities using 13 performance indicators across multiple aspects: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings examine only a globally competitive, research-led elite group of institutions through a year-on-year comparison based on true performance rather than methodological change. The underlying database that fuels the rankings contains 650 institutions in total, selected for deeper data collection and analysis on the basis of their research publication output and impact. The final rankings list is restricted and comprises only the first 200 placed universities – representing only 1% of higher education institutions in the world.

Released on September 5, 2017:

  • UHM World University Ranking: 201-250
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 63

Released on October 17, 2017:

  • Subject Ranking of Education in the world: 86
  • Subject Ranking of Arts & Humanities in the world: 126-150
  • Subject Ranking of Social Sciences in the world: 176-200
  • Subject Ranking of Engineering and Technology in the world: 201-250
  • Subject Ranking of Computer Science in the world: 251-300

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

TIMES World University Rankings Report      TIMES Ranking Methodology

QS World University Rankings
QS World University Rankings 

The QS World University Rankings was launched in 2004 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a global provider of specialist higher education and careers information and solutions, based in London. Initially centered on research, teaching and international outlook metrics, graduate employability was added the following year as fundamental feature to form the four central pillars upon which the rankings are based today. QS rankings are compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit in consultation with the QS Global Academic Advisory Board. Bibliometric data required in the citation score sections of the methodology is supplied by Scopus, part of Elsevier, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of research literature. The QS World University Rankings currently considers more than 4000 universities in the world and evaluates over 1000. For more information please click here.

Released on June 6, 2018:

    • UHM World University Ranking: 302 out of more than 4,000 universities considered world-wide  
    • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 60

Released on February 28, 2018:

Broad Subject Area of Natural Sciences: 325

      • Earth Science:  51-100 
      • Environmental Sciences: 201-250 
      • Physics: 401-450 

Broad Subject Area of Arts and Humanities: 341

      • Linguistics:  51-100 
      • Languages: 151-200 
      • Philosophy:  151-200 
      • English:  201-250 

Broad Subject Area of Life Sciences and Medicine: 401-450

      • Agriculture:  101-150 
      • Biology: 251-300 
      • Medicine:  351-400 

Broad Subject Area of Arts and Humanities Social Sciences and Management

      • Communication:  101-150 
      • Education: 151-200 
      • Sociology:  251-300 
      • Economics:  351-400 

It is very unusual for an institution to qualify for consideration in all 48 subjects.” —— 2018 QS World University Subject Ranking UH Manoa Report


QS World University Rankings Report    QS World University Rankings Methodology

QS World University Subject Rankings Report    QS Subject Areas Rankings Methodology


U‐Multirank is prepared with seed funding from the European Union and led by a consortium headed by Professor Dr. Frans van Vught of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in the Netherlands, and Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany. U‐Multirank is a new multi‐dimensional, user‐driven approach to international ranking of higher education institutions. The dimensions it includes are teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement.

Follow this link and put Hawaii into the search bar to see U-Multirank’s information on UHM.

According to U-Multirank’s Country-Specific Results 2015 Report, UHM was one of the nine universities who received five “A” scores on all eight indicators available in the Research dimension.  Note: A-scores imply that a university scores on an indicator in the top 25% of the whole sample.


UHM was one of the twelve universities who received one “A” score on all six indicators available in the International Orientation dimension.

International Orientation_UMR

U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News the Best Global Universities Rankings 

Released on September 12, 2017:

U.S. News developed the Best Global Universities rankings in the summer and fall of 2014 and the first edition was published on October 28, 2014. The U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings obtains all its rankings data for all the ranking indicators (reputation, publications, citations, highly cited papers and school specific data on enrollment, faculty, etc.) from Thomson Reuters. UHM was included among the top 1000 institutions based on the bibliometric data and the reputation survey results.

  • UHM World University Ranking: 328
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 104
  • Subject Ranking of Geosciences in the world: 28
  • Subject Ranking of Space Science in the world: 138
  • Subject Ranking of Environment/Ecology in the world: 161
  • Subject Ranking of Social Sciences & Public Health in the world: 260
  • Subject Ranking of Plant and Animal Science in the world: 288

U.S. News the Best Global Universities Rankings Methodology

U.S. News Best Grad Schools Rankings 

Released on March 14, 2017:

  • Graduate College of Education: 69
  • Graduate School of Earth Sciences: 34
  • Graduate School of Law: 100
  • Graduate School of Law (part-time): 29
  • Graduate College of Library and Information Sciences: 28

U.S. News Best Grad Schools Subject Areas Rankings 

Released on September 12, 2017:

  • Arts and Sciences
    • Graduate Fine Arts: 157
  • Law School
    • Graduate Part-Time Law: 29
  • Social Sciences
    • Graduate Clinical Psychology: 87
    • Graduate Psychology: 112
    • Graduate Public Administration: 146
  • Education
    • Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling: 58
  • Natural Sciences
    • Graduate Cell and Molecular Biology: 115
    • Graduate Chemistry: 148
    • Graduate Mathematics: 126
    • Graduate Physics: 85
  • Nursing and Dental Hygiene
    • Graduate Nursing (DNP): 88
    • Graduate Nursing (Master’s): 87
  • Ocean, Earth Science and Technology
    • Graduate Earth Sciences: 34
  • Social Work
    • Graduate Social Work: 58

U.S. News Best Grad Schools Rankings Methodology     U.S. News Best Grad Schools Rankings FAQ

U.S. News Best College Rankings

Released on September 12, 2017:

UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 159

U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings Methodology

U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings 

Released on September 12, 2017:

Graduate Nursing: 61

U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings Methodology

NSF Higher Education R&D Rankings

NSF Higher Education R&D Rankings (FY 2015 data released in November 2016)

The Higher Education Research and Development (R&D) Survey is released by The National Science Foundation. The survey is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities. Information collected includes fields of research, sources of funds, types of research and expenses, and headcounts of R&D personnel. Eligible institutions are the 906 universities and colleges that grant a bachelor’s degree or higher, and expended at least $150,000 in R&D in the fiscal year 2015.

The Info Brief showing the key findings and overall trends in R&D at universities and colleges is available here.

The FY 2015 data tables, including the FY 2015 rankings for all institutions, are available here.

  • R&D Expenditures Ranking in U.S.: 74
  • R&D Expenditures Ranking among U.S. Public Universities: 48
  • Federally Financed R&D Expenditures Ranking in the U.S.: 61
  • Non-Federally Financed R&D Expenditures Ranking in the U.S.:
    • Institutional Funds: 73
    • State and Local Governments: 68
    • Nonprofit Organizations: 102
    • Business: 125
    • All other Funding Sources: 112

Higher Education R&D Methodology

CWTS Leiden Ranking

CWTS Leiden Ranking (2015)

CWTS Leiden Ranking is released by Leiden University, Netherlands. The Leiden Ranking uses a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators to provide statistics on the scientific impact of universities and on universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration. It does not rely on highly subjective data obtained from reputational surveys, or on data provided by universities themselves.

The Leiden Ranking provides size-dependent and size-independent indicators when presenting results. MIRO chose size-independent indicators because (a) size-independent indicators have been corrected for the size of the publication output of a university, so when size-independent indicators are used, both larger and smaller universities may perform well; and (b) there is not much difference in UH Mānoa’s rankings regardless of size-independent indicators or size-dependent indicators.

UH Mānoa was ranked highly in many fields internationally. Math and computer science was ranked 28th in terms of the proportion of top 1% publications in which articles were cited. Physical sciences and engineering was ranked 60th in terms of the proportion of interinstitutional collaborative publications. For more information, please click here.

Type of indicators: impact (measured by citations)

International ranking_by impact indicator


P: Number of publications (2010-2013)

PP(top 1%): Proportion of top 1% publications

PP(top 10%): Proportion of top 10% publications

PP(top 50%): Proportion of top 50% publications

Type of indicators: collaboration (measured by co-authorships)

International ranking_by collaboration indicator


P: Number of publications (2010-2013)

PP(collab): Proportion of interinstitutional collaborative publications

PP(int collab): Proportion of international collaborative publications

PP(industry): Proportion of collaborative publications with industry

CWTS Leiden Ranking Methodology

Other Rankings

Nature Index

The Nature Index is a database of author affiliation information collected from research articles published in an independently selected group of 68 high-quality science journals. It provides a close to real-time proxy for high-quality research output at the institutional, national and regional level.

For more information, please click here.

  • Earth & Environmental Sciences (2017 ranking) (Released on Aug 30, 2017):

In the World: 14th

In U.S.: 11th

2017 Ranking Tables

UH Mānoa Reports

Nature Index Methodology


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Rankings Q&A

MIRO led panel presentations with major international rankings at the annual conference of the Association of Institutional Research (AIR) in 2015 and 2016. Each presentation was selected to be among only 30 sessions that were recorded, and both are available through AIR’s digital pass program. Please select the following links to access the presentation documents. 2015 AIR presentation “International Ranking and Institutional Research” (Presenters’ Bios, PowerPoint Presentation, International Ranking Q&A, AIR Recorded Video). 2016 AIR presentation “International Rankings Go Deeper and Wider: More Subjects and More Universities to be Ranked” (Presenters’ Bios, PowerPoint Presentation, International Subject Ranking Q&A).”