See what students say:


This flagship school of the University of Hawai’i system offers more than 100 bachelor’s programs to the 13,000 or so students who call the O’ahu campus home during the school year. Nearly 250 degree programs across 15 schools are available to students, but no matter the course of study, Hawai’i plays TA. “When someone goes to UH Manoa, they aren’t expecting to receive an education grounded in a Native Hawaiian place of learning but that is exactly what they get. Whether they are learning the Hawaiian language, Hawaiian culture, or about the Hawaiian ecosystem, there is a lot for everyone that goes along with their major,” says a student. “UH really incorporates how important Hawai’i really is.”

Sciences are particularly strong here, and the language offerings are incredibly diverse (think Ilocano and Samoan). Teachers are “always willing to go the extra mile to help students by offering office hours” and many professors challenge students while simultaneously “letting us know what content will be useful in our future careers and/or graduatelevel exams.” However, the real gold here is in the added resources for extra help in classes. There is “free one-on-one tutoring” and review sessions through the learning center, a writing center, a learning emporium for certain subjects, and “[you] can even walk into the library where librarians will help to find sources for papers and guide students in a great direction.”

Student Body

This group—mainly from the Asia-Pacific region and mainland USA, with the occasional European or South American throw in—is a “huge melting pot” that is just “filled with Aloha.” An “incredible amount of culture is exhibited here,” most of all the Hawaiian cool: “I have never been on another college campus where it is completely normal to ride your skateboard barefoot or walk around with your surfboard.” This is good news for the plenty of exchange students from Asia are here “trying to have an American campus experience”; ROTC also has a “very large” presence. On the whole, this is a “very relaxed and cool” bunch of students with whom “you can strike up friendly conversations with strangers in the cafeteria, or while waiting to cross the street, or while ordering food.”

Campus Life

UH Manoa is on an island that offers a bit of everything. Here you can find “the city, the country, the surf, the mountains, the malls, and so on and so on. Oahu has something to fit my every mood and need,” says a student. There are always cultural festivals and activities, and Hawai’i is made for active people who “like to get lost in nature’s beauty.” Whether you’re “running up Koko Head, swimming with dolphins on the west side, catching some rays between classes on the Waikiki strip, or jumping off rocks on the north shore, there’s no way to escape the beauty that is Hawai’i.” On the weekend, many local students travel home so the campus can get very quiet, but students do use their IDs for free bus transportation to explore the relatively small island and student services and student affairs are “excellent.” As is common with college students, “many of us do not have enough money to enjoy the nightlife; therefore we enjoy our free time at the beach.” Still, students “have work that we can’t just blow off for a swim or something.” People like to use the grill that the school has set up, and there are “always people walking from place to place until late at night, hanging out with friends in the courtyards, skateboarding, or cooking out.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Abigail Huliganga
Campus Tour Coordinator

Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center
Queen Lili'uokalani Ctr for Student Svcs
Quad Courtyard
Warrior Recreation Center
Hamilton Library
Sinclair Library (Under Renovation)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Waikiki Beach/Diamond Head
Ala Moana Shopping Center
North Shore and Surfing Competitions, Lanikai Beach
Bishop Museum, Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial
Polynesian Cultural Center
Hanauma Bay Aloha Tower Market Place (not so much now that HPU has dominated space)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
1:00 to 2:30pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

MTWRF 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airport: Honolulu International Airport Available Tranportation: Taxis, shuttles, + rental cars are available from the airport to campus. The city bus departs from the 2nd floor of the airport + is an option if you have carry-on bag only.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Honolulu International Airport: Take H1 East; Exit University Avenue; Proceed north on University Ave. to the college entrance. The airport is 9 miles away from the university, but drive time varies with traffic.

Local Accommodations
All hotels in the Waikiki Beach area are within a 10-15 minute drive to campus. The Outrigger Hotels operate 20 hotels n Oahu, with a wide range of prices (inexpensive to expensive). Contact their reservations agent at (800) 442 7302. Hilton, Sheraton and Marriott Hotels are also located in the Waikiki area.


Applicants: 19,217
Acceptance Rate: 70%
Average HS GPA: 3.69



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