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2023 Prestigious International Rankings

International Rankers WORLD U.S.
Academic Ranking of World Universities 301 – 400 83 – 99
TIMES World University Ranking 201 – 250 57
QS World University Rankings 386 66
US News Best Global Universities
* Ranking from 2022. The most recent numbers will be updated when they are available.
394 106

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UH Mānoa is consistently ranked among the best national and international universities.
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, 2023:

  • UHM Overall Ranking in the World: 301-400
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.:  83-99

Released on October 26, 2023:

Natural Sciences

  • Oceanography: 17
  • Atmospheric Science: 13
  • Earth Sciences: 51-75
  • Ecology: 151-200
  • Geography: 201-300 

Social Sciences

  • Communication: 101-150
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management: 49
  • Education: 101-150
  • Political Sciences: 201-300


  • Environmental Science & Engineering: 201-300

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

ARWU Ranking Methodology

ARWU Ranking Methodology by Subjects

National Taiwan University Rankings

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University (NTU) (Released in September 2023)

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: 456
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 117
  • Agriculture: 212
  • Social Sciences: 297
  • Natural Sciences: 260
  • Life Sciences: 401-450

NTU Ranking Methodolgoy: Sample Selection    Indicators     Field Categories     Subject Categories 

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 27, 2023:

  • UHM World University Ranking: 201-250
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 57

Updated on October 26, 2023:

  • Subject Ranking of Arts & Humanities: 176-200
  • Subject Ranking of Education in the world: 126-150
  • Subject Ranking of Social Sciences in the world: 201-250
  • Subject Ranking of Business & Economics: 301-400
  • Subject Ranking of Psychology: 301-400 
  • Subject Ranking of Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health: 301-400 
  • Subject Ranking of Life Sciences: 176-200 
  • Subject Ranking of Physical Sciences: 126-150 

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 4, 2024:

    • UHM World University Ranking: 488 
    • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 73

Released on April 10, 2024:

Broad Subject Area of Arts and Humanities: worldwide: 210

      • Archaeology: worldwide: 151-200 
      • English Language & Literature:  worldwide: 101-150
      • Linguistics:  worldwide: 22
      • Modern Languages:  worldwide: 101-150 

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

      • Agriculture: worldwide: 151-200 
      • Biological Sciences: worldwide: 351-400
      • Medicine: worldwide: 551-600
      • Psychology: worldwide: 251-300

Broad Subject Area of Natural Sciences: worldwide: 292

      • Earth & Marine Sciences: worldwide: 51-100
      • Environmental Sciences: worldwide: 251-300
      • Geography: worldwide: 101-150
      • Geology: worldwide: 49
      • Geophysics: worldwide: 47
      • Physics and Astronomy: worldwide: 151-200 

Broad Subject Area of Social Sciences and Management worldwide: 451-500

      • Anthropology: worldwide: 51-100 
      • Business & Management Studies: worldwide: 401-450 
      • Communication & Media Studies: worldwide: 151-200
      • Economics & Econometrics: worldwide: 451-500
      • Education: worldwide: 201-250
      • Hospitality & Leisure Management: worldwide: 46
      • Law: worldwide: 351-370
      • Politics & International Studies: worldwide: 201-250
      • Sociology: worldwide: 201-250

Broad Subject Area of Engineering and Technology

      • Computer Science & Information Systems: worldwide: 501-550

QS World University Rankings Report    QS World University Rankings Methodology

QS World University Subject Rankings Report    QS Subject Areas Rankings Methodology

U.S. News & World Report Rankings (USNWR)

U.S. News the Best Global Universities Rankings 

Released on October 25, 2022:

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: 394
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 106
  • UHM Regional Research Reputation: 117
  • Subject Ranking of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences: 40
  • Subject Ranking of Geosciences in the world: 60
  • Subject Ranking of Arts and Humanities in the world: 116
  • Subject Ranking of Space Science in the world: 119
  • Subject Ranking of Plant and Animal Science in the world: 179
  • Subject Ranking of Environment/Ecology in the world: 198

U.S. News the Best Global Universities Rankings Methodology

U.S. News Best Grad Schools and Programs Rankings 

Released on April 9, 2024:

General Graduate Areas:

  • College of Education: 67
    • Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling: 80
  • School of Engineering: 168
  • School of Nursing
    • Doctoral Program: 59
    • Master’s Program: 69
  • School of Medicine
    • Graduate Primary Care: 16
    • Graduate Research: 81
  • School of Business
    • Full-time MBA: 92
    • Part-time MBA: 166
  • School of Law: 127
    • Graduate Part-Time Law: 23
    • Constitutional Law: 78
    • Contracts/Commercial Law: 104
    • Dispute Resolution: 74
    • Environmental Law: 23
    • International Law: 66
    • Legal Writing: 71
  • Natural Sciences
    • Graduate Biological Sciences: 100
    • Graduate Chemistry: 161
    • Graduate Mathematics: 125
    • Graduate Physics: 105
    • Computer Science: 120
  • Ocean, Earth Science and Technology
    • Graduate Earth Sciences: 42
  • Social Work
    • Graduate Social Work: 51
    • Graduate Public Health: 105
  • Social Sciences
    • Graduate Psychology: 122
    • Graduate Public Administration: 89
    • Graduate Clinical Psychology: 88
    • Graduate Political Science (PhD): 103
    • Graduate Sociology (PhD): 97
    • Graduate Economics (PhD): 120
  • Library and Information Sciences Program: 31

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

U.S. News Best College Rankings

Released on November 1, 2023:

  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 170
  • Top Public Schools: 91
  • Undergraduate Engineering Programs: 150
  • Nursing: 86
  • Economics: 181
  • Best Colleges for Veterans: 118
  • Top Performers on Social Mobility: 114

U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings Methodology

Round University Rankings (RUR)

World Universities Rankings 

RUR World University Ranking evaluates performance of higher education institutions worldwide since 2010 until now. Over the 9 years, 1100 world’s leading universities from 85 countries took part in the RUR Rankings. RUR Ranking evaluates performance of 783 world’s leading higher education institutions by 20 indicators grouped into four key areas: teaching, research, internationalization, financial sustainability. For more information please click here.

Released on May, 2023:

  • UHM World University Ranking: 490
  • UHM Overall Ranking in U.S.: 118
  • Teaching Ranking: 187
  • Research Ranking: 795
  • International Diversity Ranking: 542
  • Financial Sustainability Ranking: 490

Subject Ranking in the world

Released on October 2023:

  • Humanities: 115 (37 in U.S.)
  • Natural Sciences: 172 (56 in U.S.)
  • Technical Sciences: 380 (87 in U.S.)

Round University Rankings Methodology

NSF Higher Education R&D Rankings

NSF Higher Education R&D Rankings (FY 2020 data released in January 2022)

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 2017.

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

  • R&D Expenditures Ranking in U.S.: 91
  • R&D Expenditures Ranking among U.S. Public Universities: 62
  • Federally Financed R&D Expenditures Ranking in the U.S.: 82
  • Non-Federally Financed R&D Expenditures Ranking in the U.S.:
    • Institutional Funds: 90
    • State and Local Governments: 63
    • Nonprofit Organizations: 95
    • Business: 172
    • All other Funding Sources: 153

Higher Education R&D 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. For more information, please click here.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is strongest in Research. Its overall profile shows top performance across various indicators, with 2″A” scores overall. Grade A means that a university scores on an indicator in the top 25% of the whole sample. For more Manoa information, please click here.

U-Multirank 2021-2022

CWTS Leiden Ranking

CWTS Leiden Ranking (2022)

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. For more information, please click here.

Type of indicators: impact (measured by citations)

  • P: Number of publications (2017-2020)
  • PP(top 1%): Proportion of top 1% publications
  • PP(top 10%): Proportion of top 10% publications
  • PP(top 50%): Proportion of top 50% publications
  • The orange highlight is the max in the column.

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

  • P: Number of publications (2017-2020)
  • PP(collab): Proportion of interinstitutional collaborative publications
  • PP(int collab): Proportion of international collaborative publications
  • PP(industry): Proportion of collaborative publications with industry
  • The orange highlight is the max in the column.

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 (2022 ranking) (Released on Aug 30, 2022):
    • In the World: 47th
    • In U.S.: 19th

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, 2016, 2018 and 2019. 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

2018 AIR presentation “Rankers Updates: What Institutional Researchers Should Know”
Presenters’ Bios, PowerPoint Presentation, International Ranking Updates Q&A, AIR Recorded Video

2019 AIR presentation “Rankers Updates: What Institutional Researchers Should Know”
Presenters’ Bios, PowerPoint Presentation, International Ranking Updates Q&A)

2022 AIR presentation “Decode, Track, and Use Ranking Information”
PowerPoint Presentation, International Ranking Updates Q&A