Honolulu, HI
Tuition (in-state)
$25,652 ($9,404)
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Reviews 1254 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They have increased security. Campus security is very nice and I am thankful that they are constantly on the prowl keeping students safe at all hours of the night.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am a student-athlete alumni and the athletics program is great. They provide great assistance to the athletes. I wish that the not-so-popular sports were better advertised because some of our different sports teams, such as sailing, are one of the better sports teams every year. UH Manoa has one of the best west coast, public school sailing teams in the nation.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are lots of dining options on campus including three cafeterias and many small business food trucks.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently in the civil engineering department (a graduate student in geotechnical engineering). It is great. My peers are helpful, the faculty really care about helping all the students, the curriculum is very challenging, and there are lots of internship opportunities. All of these reasons produce great UH Manoa engineers.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Civil engineering at UH Manoa is great. I wish I got my BS in engineering (instead of marine biology). When I have a career, I'd like to contribute to the building of sustainable energy projects without sacrificing too much of precious Hawaiian land.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It has been 7 years since I lived on campus and since then all of the dorms have changed.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I initially graduated with a BS in Marine Biology. What a great major! However, the funding is lacking and the faculty is not ideal. Now I am doing geotechnical engineering in graduate school. The funding is better for the department and the faculty are great too. Although it is a very rigorous graduate major, the faculty and students in the engineering department make it fun and exciting to continue and learn.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: UH Manoa has many transportation options. You cold bike, bus-it, drive, shuttle-it, walk and moped. The cost of all of these are relatively average if not free. It is easy to get around all of Oahu.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Our school is unique because it is the only place in the world where people can major in Hawaiian studies and/or Hawaiian language. Hawaii is a melting pot of many different pacific cultures. I would definitely choose UH Manoa again if I could do it all over again. I would recommend it to everyone as well, but only modest, happy-go-lucky, not materialistic people survive here.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During the winter (rainy season), it can get cold (relatively), wet and windy. Sometimes there are flash flood warnings. Out of 7 years of going to UH Manoa, the school has only been closed due to weather twice; both times for high wind and flash flood warnings.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Because the cost of living is so high, the many attractions are those that Hawaii has to offer for free (any and all activities outdoors). There is so much to appreciate in such a beautiful place.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Here in Hawaii there are many ethnic people who are proud of their heritage and see that they carry on their ancestral customs. It is such a great place to meet diverse people and become knowledgeable of many ethnic cultures. The cultures include: Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and even Caucasian customs. There are lots of different religions here as well including: Christians, Mormons, Catholics, Atheists, etc. There are also many LGBT people and many different political affiliations.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Near the UH Manoa there are lots of places to eat including fast food places and also very diverse stores. Right down from the athletic arena there is a Japanese grocery store, sushi places, a Burmese restaurant, Italian restaurant, and the list continues. The cost of these places is not very cheap, but not too expensive. These diverse restaurants are not places one could afford to eat at every night, but once a week. I personally think that the Burmese restaurant is the hot restaurant to check out; it is affordable for the portions, family style, and really interesting food!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The deadlines for financial aid are clearly marked on the academic calendar. As long as the applications (for scholarships and FASFA) are met, then financial aid is not a hassle.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I ride my bike so i always find a spot. Parking for cars though.. thats another story. I feel bad for car people.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do if you have the resources. It is a huge city so you can feel lost and trapped if you arent able to get out from it. Beaches and hiking are great. Waikiki is good for going out and partying and seeing people. Not bad local atmosphere.. fun, always something going on just depends what you are looking for.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We arent especially great in anything but the games are fun to go to every once in a while.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Apartments arent too bad because they give you more space but there is no A/C. Frear has A/C except its like a prison. Its loud most places but its convenient. Its dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse, lots of mixed backgrounds, status', cultures, ethnicities, etc..

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Hard process, lucky if you find a GOOD place, very expensive

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: if you like going to waikiki

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They are too strict on things that aren't very important. Need to change.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The "Greek Life" here literally is a tiny group that has no house, no structured system, nada. Greek Life doesn't really exist and because it shouldn't. It doesn't fit in Hawaii.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Large variety, great for Marine Bio and Business

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Just make sure to make an appointment with an advisor and figure out what you need to take and see how on track you are in order to get into Shidler. Take all the pre-reqs and pass with a C or higher, all done by the semester before you want to get in.


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