UH Mānoa tops list of ‘prettiest college campuses’ in nation

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Marc Arakaki, (808) 829-0750
Spokesperson/Content Producer, UH Communications
Posted: Apr 30, 2024

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is one of the prettiest colleges in the nation, according to a new ranking by Architectural Digest in April 2024. UH Mānoa was the first institution named on the list of 64 schools selected out of nearly 3,900 nationally. The list noted UH Mānoa’s “many beautiful buildings” and the view of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head). UH Mānoa also topped the list in 2022.

Several UH Mānoa buildings were designed by world-renowned architects Ieoh Ming (IM) Pei and Vladimir Ossipoff. Pei’s legacy includes his iconic designs of Kennedy Theatre and Jefferson Hall. Ossipoff designed Bachman Hall.

Over the past few years, the campus celebrated the opening of the Isabella Aiona Abbott Life Sciences Building and the Walter Dods Jr., RISE Center. And UH Mānoa will welcome a revamped Student Success Center and the Residences for Graduate Students, both expected in 2025.

“Many of us who traverse our beautiful campus get to experience what it has to offer on a daily basis. We are immensely proud to see our campus recognized nationally as one of the most beautiful in the country, a testament to our commitment to creating an inspiring environment for our students, faculty and staff,” UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno said. “This ranking affirms our dedication to fostering a campus community that thrives in both academic excellence and aesthetic appeal.”

There are more than 140 buildings on the 320-acre campus, which also features more than 4,000 trees and more than 500 tree species. The UH Mānoa campus is one of nearly 700 ArbNet accredited arboretums worldwide and joins the UH Mānoa Lyon Arboretum in the back of Mānoa valley as two of six in Hawaiʻi.

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