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University of Hawaii at Manoa (International Student Information)


Steeped in History and Firmly Rooted in the Present, UH Manoa and Its Students Are Headed Confidently to the Future

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) was founded in 1907 as a land grant school teaching agriculture and mechanical arts. Today it includes four colleges - Arts and Humanities; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences - in addition to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). UH Manoa also has the only schools of law and medicine in Hawaii - the William S. Richardson School of Law and the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Its School of Hawaiian Knowledge is the foremost institution for the study of the native Hawaiian peoples.

All together, UH Manoa offers eighty-seven bachelor's and eighty-four master's degrees, doctorates in fifty-one different fields, a choice of three first professional degrees, three post-baccalaureate degrees, a broad range (twenty-nine) of undergraduate certification programs, and nearly as many (twenty-six) graduate certification programs. Popular programs range from Tropical Agriculture, International Business, and Oceanography to Electrical Engineering, Asian Studies, Pacific Island Studies, and Astronomy, among others. With so many international students, language instruction is also an active area of study.

Total enrollment typically averages a little over 20,000 students, with some 14,000 of them in one of the many undergraduate programs. With a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, strong and varied curricula, and special opportunities for Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian educational experiences, the committed faculty connects with students in a partnership geared to personal and global progress. Five faculty members at UH Manoa are current members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Honolulu Region Is Rich with Cultural, Artistic, and Recreational Resources that Expand UH Manoa Students' Horizons

Honolulu is among the nation's safest cities and boasts a large number of unique features that make it both a great place to live and a great place to visit. World famous for the diversity of its population, the climate and its "aloha" community spirit, Honolulu offers cultural riches from both the past and present, the East and the West. Residents and visitors alike can take advantage of the outdoor activities - hiking, climbing, surfing, sailing, water sports, and championship golf - as well as the galleries, museums, concerts, and exhibits that feature the best of the native Hawaiian culture and the finest art and artists from around the world.

UHM Is a True International University with a Rich and Varied Multicultural Student Body

Situated at the crossroads of the Pacific, UHM has a phenomenally diverse, multiethnic population of students, faculty, and staff from Hawaii, the continental U.S., and more than 100 countries spanning the globe. Year after year, the school's programs rank among the most diverse anywhere, and it is this diversity, combined with the island spirit of "aloha," that creates a unique, richly textured campus community. The term "aloha" describes the mutual respect, empathy, and compassion-in-action that students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, friends, and neighbors help create and revel in on the UH Manoa campus.

UHM, an Internationally Renowned Research University, Has Top Personnel, Unique Facilities, and Leading-Edge Institutes

UHM is one of just 13 institutions in the U.S. that operates as a land-, sea- and space-grant research center, making it a research university of international standing. Among the top thirty public universities for federal research funding in engineering and science, and ranked 49th overall by the National Science Foundation, UH Manoa had $273 million in awards in 2008 ($173 million for research, $100 million in nonresearch awards).

Its location in the Hawaiian Islands makes UHM home to a number of the most unique research facilities on Earth. The Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology has laboratories for cosmochemistry, infrasound, and other special studies, while UHM's Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at Coconut Island offers year-round access to Kaneohe Bay for the study of coral reef environments and other subjects. UHM's renowned Institute for Astronomy conducts research on, literally, "everything in the universe" from its various state-of-the-art facilities on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

An NCAA Division I Athletics Program, Popular Intramural Sports, and Campus Fitness Centers Show UHM's Health Focus

UH Manoa's teams are the Rainbow Warriors. UHM has a wide-ranging NCAA Division I athletics program and has established itself as a conference and national athletic powerhouse. Some 450 student athletes on twenty men's, women's, and coed varsity teams compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association, and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The school's intramural sports program is a popular addition to the intercollegiate teams, while the Fitness Center and Leisure Center provide excellent, accessible options for staying fit. Athletics, health, and fitness are important to the entire UHM community, in keeping with the life-giving natural environment in which the school is firmly rooted.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, Postbachelor&Apos;S, And First Professional Certificates
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciencesanimal Sciences; Plant Protection And Integrated Pest Management; Plant Sciences Related; Soil Sciences Relatedarea, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studiesamerican Indian/Native American Studies; American Studies; Asian Studies; Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, And Group Studies Related; Women&Apos;S Studiesbiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciences; Botany/Plant Biology; Botany/Plant Biology Related; Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography; Microbiology; Zoology/Animal Biologybusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Accounting Technology And Bookkeeping; Business Administration And Management; Business/Commerce; Business/Managerial Economics; Finance; Human Resources Management; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Management Information Systems; Marketing/Marketing Management; Tourism And Travel Services Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsjournalism; Mass Communication/Media; Speech Communication And Rhetoriccomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer And Information Sciences; Computer Scienceeducationcounselor Education/School Counseling And Guidance; Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Educationengineeringagricultural Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical And Electronics Engineering; Mechanical Engineeringenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciencesapparel And Textiles; Family And Consumer Economics Relatedforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticsamerican Indian/Native American Languages; Chinese; Classics And Classical Languages; Filipino/Tagalog; French; German; Japanese; Korean; Romance Languages; Russian; Spanishhealth Professions And Related Programsaudiology And Speech-Language Pathology; Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology; Dental Hygiene; Registered Nursing/Registered Nursehistoryhistoryliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesliberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematicsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesnutrition Sciencesnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Science; Natural Resources Management And Policyparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studieskinesiology And Exercise Sciencephilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophy; Religious Studiesphysical Scienceschemistry; Geology/Earth Science; Meteorology; Physicspsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionssocial Work; Youth Servicessocial Sciencesanthropology; Economics; Geography; Political Science And Government; Sociologyvisual And Performing Artsart; Dance; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Music


Admission: 6,810 applied; 5,528 admitted; 1,964 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.46

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application
Application fee: $70
Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.8 GPA
Application deadlines: 5/1 (freshmen), 5/1 (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
14,655 Undergraduate Students, 54% Women, 46% Men, 13% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
2% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 40% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Hispanic/Latino, 0.3% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 17% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 14% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 0.2% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
3% Representing 50 Other Countries
Housing Info
23% Live On Campus

Campus Life

Coed, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Applicants Given Priority For College Housing
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio Station, Choral Group, Marching Band, Associated Students Of University Of Hawaii (ASUH), Campus Center Board, Broadcast Communication Authority, Board Of Publications, Student Activities And Program Fee Board, National Fraternities, National Sororities
Most popular organizations
Associated Students Of University Of Hawaii (ASUH), Campus Center Board, Broadcast Communication Authority, Board Of Publications, Student Activities And Program Fee Board
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling, Women&Apos;S Center
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Accelerated Degree Program, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (B), Air Force (B)School Calendar: Semesters


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division Iexcept:Football (Division I-A)


Total: 1,265Full-Time: 95% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 14 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Tuition:state resident $9144 full-time, $381 per credit part-time; nonresident $26,712 full-time, $1113 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, degree level, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, degree level, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level
Required fees:$760 full-time, $375 per term part-time
Room and board:$10,029; room only: $6820. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:minority students, adult students, senior citizens, and employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2012,9,633 applied for aid, 6,743 were judged to have need, 1,680 had their need fully met. 358 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $2025)
In 2012,2352 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:68%
Average financial aid package:$11,649
Average need-based loan:$4344
Average need-based gift aid:$7946
Average non-need-based aid:$9516
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$21,512




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