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University of Hawaii

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 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)


  • Average class size: 20
  • Colleges & Schools: 14
  • Degrees (as of Fall 2010)
    • Bachelor's degrees in 97 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)

Student Diversity - Undergraduates*

  • Asian: 41 percent
  • Caucasian: 24 percent
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 16 percent
  • Two or more races: 14 percent
  • Hispanic: 2 percent
  • Black or African American: 1 percent
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0 percent

*Fall 2013


  • 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.


  • Total student population: 20,006
    • Undergraduate: 14,499
    • Graduate: 5,507
    • Law: 324
    • Medicine: 480
  • Hawaiʻi (in-state) students: 67 percent
  • Out-of-state students: 27 percent
  • International students: 6 percent
  • States represented: 50
  • Countries represented: over 119
  • Male/female ratio: 44:56

*Fall 2013


  • In-state tuition (avg.): $9,840*
  • Out-of-state tuition (avg.): $28,632*
  • Fees: $782.00*
  • Room and board (avg.): $13,284*

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


  • 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, 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, U.S. Congresswoman
  • Mazie Hirono, BA '70, U.S. Congresswoman
  • 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
  • Charles Nainoa Thompson, BA '86, navigator and former trustee of Kamehameha Schools


  • The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities , popularly known as the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings after the university in China that developed them, lists UH Mānoa as between 151-200 in its ranking of 500 international universities, and between 65-77 among universities in the United States.
  • The 2014 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities is released by National Taiwan University, also known as NTU Ranking. NTU ranking employs bibliometric methods to analyze and rank the world's top 500 universities selected from more than 4,000 research institutions.
    • 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
  • The Princeton Review (2012) ranked the William S. Richardson School of Law #1 in the nation for having the “Best Environment for Minority Students” and 4th best in the United States in the “Most Diverse Faculty” category
  • According to the 2011 U.S. News & World Report law school rankings the William S. Richardson School of Law ranks 2nd best in student/teacher ratio and is the smallest law school among the top 100 law schools. It also ranked as the 23rd most selective school in terms of the ratio of admission offers/applications and in the top 50 for first-time bar passage rate.
  • The 2013 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranked UH Mānoa 6th in ethic diversity among national universities and 83rd overall in its list of Top Public Schools
  • U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools 2011 ranks the John A. Burns School of Medicine geriatric medicine program 18th in the nation while ranking its Rural Medicine Program 22nd in the nation

U.S. News & World Report: 2013 Best Graduate Schools ranks our:

  • College of Education in the top 17% of graduate education programs in the nation and in the top 100 for online education programs in the 2012 edition;
  • William S. Richardson School of Law's full-time program 106 out of the nation's top 146 law schools, ranks number one in country for the highest diversity, third-best in student/teacher ratio and is the highest-ranking small law school in the top tier. It also ranks among the top 25 most selective schools in terms of the ratio of admission offers/applications, 23rd for part-time programs and 22nd for top Environmental Law Program in the nation;
  • School of Social Work 66th among the nation's top 200 social work programs;
  • John A. Burns School of Medicine primary care program 83rd in the nation; and the research program 80th;
  • Shidler College of Business part-time MBA program 116th

U.S. News & World Report: 2012 Best Graduate Schools ranks our:

  • Nursing program among the country's top 100 best nursing schools;
  • Library and Information Science program school library media specialization among the top 10 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report: 2012 Best Colleges ranks:

  • UH Mānoa among the top-tier “Best National Universities” in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges”
  • Shidler College of Business in the top 25 percent of “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” and the College's undergraduate program in International Business 12th. U.S. News also ranked Shidler's MBA programs in the top 25% overall for 2012

Source: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Institutional Research Office

Honolulu, HI

Honolulu is the largest city in the state of Hawaiʻi and also home to the State Capitol. Honolulu, which means "sheltered harbor" or "protected bay," is believed to have been founded as early as 2,000 years ago. The city was firmly established as the major center for the Hawaiian Islands by the mid-1800s. Hawaiʻi became the Aloha State in 1959 when it was formally admitted to the Union as the 50th state.

Today, Honolulu is one of America's safest cities with many unique features and characteristics. It's home to America's only royal palace and is known for its tropical climate, lush green landscape, diverse population, and community spirit known as aloha . We invite you to learn more about the Honolulu community by exploring the links below.

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is home to the Rainbow Warriors. A conference and national athletic powerhouse, UH Mānoa offers a diverse NCAA Division I athletics program. Approximately 450 student athletes compete on 20 men's, women's, and coed varsity teams in affiliation with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association.

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In addition to our excellent varsity athletics program, Intramural Sports, the Fitness Center, and the Leisure Center provide fun options for staying fit and unwinding after class and on weekends.

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Hawaii Pacific University

HPU At A Glance

Founded in 1965, Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) has grown to become the state's leading private, non-profit university with a student population of nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. HPU is one of the most culturally diverse universities in America with students from all 50 U.S. states and nearly 80 countries. HPU prides itself on maintaining strong academic programs, small class sizes, individual attention to students, and a diverse faculty and student population.

Mission, Vision and Values Statements

We hold ourselves to our Mission, Vision and Values Statements to its highest esteem and honor. Click here to view what these values and mission are.

University History

Hawai‘i Pacific University was founded in 1965 as an independent, not-for-profit, coeducational, nonsectarian, post-secondary institution. Click here for more information.

Accreditations & Memberships

Hawai'i Pacific University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has a number of additional accreditations and memberships from nationally recognized groups. Click here for more information.

Rankings & Achievements

Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) has received a number of accolades for academic excellence, international diversity, and the affordability of the private education we offer. Click here for more information.

Campuses & Facilities

HPU combines the excitement of an urban downtown campus with the serenity of a residential campus set in the green foothills of the windward side of the island. With high-tech computer labs and executive classrooms, HPU facilities provide students some of the best and newest technology at their fingertips. HPU is also affiliated with the Oceanic Institute, a 56-acre aquaculture research facility. Click here for more information.

Academic Degrees Offered

HPU offers more than 50 acclaimed undergraduate programs, and 14 distinguished graduate programs. Click here for more information.

Tuition & Related Expenses

With tuition almost half the U.S. average for private colleges, HPU provides a quality education at an affordable cost. Click here for more information.

Student Body & Faculty

With students from all 50 states and nearly 80 countries, HPU is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the world. Click here for more information.

Athletics & Cheer/Dance

As a member of the NCAA Division II for intercollegiate sports, HPU has a full set of men's and women's sports and can provide scholarships to its student athletes. HPU's Women's Softball Team as well as its Cheerleading Squad and Dance Team have received national championship titles. Click here for more information.


HPU students come from around the world, so it's not surprising that there are HPU alumni chapters around the world in which our graduates network. Click here for more information.

Kapiolani Community College

The Kapi‘olani Community College began in 1946 as the Kapi‘olani Technical School at a time when Hawai‘i was still a territory of the United States. The innovative school was administered by the Territorial Department of Instruction with a strong academic focus on food service. But in 1959, as Hawai‘i was entering statehood, three additional programs were added: practical nursing, business education and dental assisting. In 1965 the college realigned its academic mission and joined the University of Hawai‘i community college system. From its original home at the corner of Pensacola and Kapiolani Boulevard to its current location on the slopes of scenic Diamond Head, KCC is poised to take its place at the head of the technical renaissance of the 21st century!

In the name of a Queen.

In 1834 Esther Kapi‘olani was born in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Her mother, Princess Kekaulike Kinoiki was the eldest daughter of King Kaumualiʻi of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. Her first marriage was to High Chief Benjamin Namakehaokalani – a man thirty five years her senior – making her an aunt of Queen Emma. After her husband's death she became governess of Prince Albert Kamehameha but fell out of grace when she was blamed for the child's sudden death. Kapʻolani remarried in 1863 to David Kalakaua, the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi's first postmaster general.

According to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, if a king dies without a successor to the throne, the legislature must appoint a new king. Through this law, David Kalakaua was elected to replace the deceased King Lunalilo in 1874, making Kapiʻolani the Queen Consort of Hawaiʻi. Kapiʻolani was a visible monarch, often traveling throughout the kingdom. En route to Englandʻs Queen Victoriaʻs Jubilee, Kapiʻolani made headlines by visiting President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland in Washington.

Queen Kapiʻolani reigned for nearly seventeen years and was much beloved by the Hawaiian people. She was well-known as a poet and songwriter, frequently composing mele , Hawaiian songs. The king gifted a park in Waikiki in his wifeʻs honor – Kapiʻolani Park. Though childless, the Queen cherished the Hawaiian family and the role of mother. In 1890, Queen Kapiʻolani endowed the Kapiʻolani Maternity Hospital. The institutionʻs motto mirrored that of the Queen herself, “Kulia I Ka Nuʻu” – “Strive for the Highest”.

In 1891 King Kalakaua passed away at the age of fifty four. Since the royal family bore no children, the king's sister Liliuokalani succeeded the throne. Queen Kapiʻolani died at sixty four in 1899, just one year after the annexation of Hawai‘i by the United States.

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