Honolulu, HI
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$25,652 ($9,404)
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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Hawaii isn't a major party school. Most students are tired from their all-day activities at the beach and on hikes, etc. But many students still come together to have a great time! Events like floatopia and block parties for halloween, pro bowl, mardi gras, etc. are popular among students. Just imagine all of Waikiki shut down for huge block parties for halloween and other events! Despite a lack of large parties, there are still parties thrown by the frat, swim house, dorms, and more. Even multiple beach bonfires throughout the year (it doesn't get too cold during summer)! Almost any day of the week you will find somebody having a party or drinking. There are many clubs and bars around the school and a huge rave scene has taken place in the city as well.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There isn't much of a greek life but it seems to be an overrated part of college anyways! We don't focus on greek life activities. Many students in Hawaii are focused on other ways of having fun. With endless hikes and ocean, students do not resort to Greek life activities for fun. There is already always something to do!

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Due to the chilled-out atmosphere and warm temperature, many people dress lightly while maintaining a nice but laid-back attire. Most people are wearing bathing suits under their clothes to hit the beach after class anyways! But no matter what type of fashion sense or style that you have, people are rather accepting of you!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: University of Hawaii has an abundance of beautiful lawn and trees. It also has a stream that runs up the side of the upper and lower campuses. The university has many culturally-influenced buildings. This includes a beautiful Japanese zen garden hidden behind one of our buildings. Many times between class I have climbed trees and sat and read a book. The campus has a very nice, easy-going flow about it. There are places to eat on campus as well as a few coffee shops. At the center of the campus is a big, new recreation center. On certain days every week, local vendors set up their booths at the center of campus. This also includes local produce companies that create an on campus farmer's market. There are two libraries each with computer lab access. There are many places to hang out, study, put up a hammock, skateboard, etc.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: University of Hawaii is not a major party school but students know how to have their fun! Campus authorities don't overcrowd you with strict rules and tend to be very understanding. Authorities seem to understand that being too strict and over-sheltering students results in a negative outcome. Placing too many restrictions results in back-lash. But authorities do take control when need-be. Basically, be smart about what you do and be respectful!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: University of Hawaii at Manoa is located very conveniently in Honolulu. There is always a ton of things to do! Whether it's shopping, dining, clubbing, hiking, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, sailing, etc. there is something for everybody in the area! Oahu is a small island so you can reach any area rather easily. Endless outdoor activities and scenery create an experience that you cannot get from any other college on the mainland. Despite the cost of living being higher, the quality of life on the island is immeasurable. You can be a jungle explorer, snorkeler, surfer by day and you can enjoy city night life by evening. Whatever you are in to, there is a place for you on this island. There is also an ever-developing art scene and a huge emphasis on environmental well-being. Come join us on the sunny side!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Super easy to find something going on during any given friday night. Saturday night is when people typically go off and do the whole club thing. Frats hold many parties along with several events. Party scene is usually pretty safe but I have heard of girls getting roofied at parties so watch your drinks!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most dorms are situated in the same area on lower campus which makes it easy to see friends at any time of the day. Freshmen dorms have a courtyard for people to hang out in which is pretty booming at night or when they hold events. The dorms themselves are alright, all freshmen have to live in one of the four Hale Aloha towers which can be small and difficult when you have 30 people on one floor sharing four bathrooms. The apartments are really nice as well as Frear Hall (AC! But from what I've heard pretty unsociable and quiet) and there is always something going on. People are really friendly and usually leave their doors open for anyone to come in and hang out.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Awesome new gym right at the heart of campus with tons of new equipment and an indoor track and basketball court. Football games are really important and attendance is usually really good. The school has shuttles you can take or you can load up a car and tailgate outside the stadium. Our team isn't that great, but our school spirit seems to be!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: An insane amount of places to eat right off campus. There is a Down to Earth health store with a cafe right across the street from a Burger King so there really is something for everyone. Tons of ethnic foods such as Japanese, Chinese, Greek, French, and a Mexican place up the road which holds the super popular "Taco Tuesdays" where taco's are only a dollar and it's BYOB.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Pretty much only the fraternities make headlines at the school. One frat is known to have a party every Wednesday (no clue why Wednesday) and Friday night which anyone can attend, although they usually get shut down after a while but still a great way to meet people! Sororities exist but are very small and almost not recognized.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of classes and majors to choose from.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration process can be a bit confusing at times and if you're an underclassman, you had better have a backup schedule in case all of the classes you want get filled. Most professors are really cool and seem to care about their students. Workload is never too much, and there are always study areas and groups going on in the libraries that you can join.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: LOTS of diversity. You can meet people from all over the world (especially Asia). People come form a wide variety of backgrounds and it would be difficult, I believe, to stay within one homogeneous group.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of different places on campus to eat during the day. Hale Aloha and Gateway Cafe do seem to have really weird hours though. After around 8pm the only place to really eat on campus that's near the dorms is the 7-11 which is about a 10 minute walk off campus, or The Market, which is a little food stop that supplies fresh fruit, snacks, drinks, ice cream, and meals. Very expensive though, however you are allowed to use your meal card there which is nice.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Lots of different majors to choose from. Tons of class selections that can relate to any interests.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: All students are pretty much in summer clothes all year round. The white kids tend to have a more "Cali" look (since that's where almost all of them are from) while you can easily spot the local kids in their board shorts and slippers. Everyone is super friendly and it's not hard at all to make friends. However it does tend to get a little clique-y at times.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Security is extremely strict about parking. They come at all hours of the day looking for people to give tickets to so beware where you're parking. They take the honor code very seriously so if you're caught cheating or plagiarizing, they always send you to the dean. Strictness in the dorms depends on the RA. I've had great RA's and horrible RA's who just had sticks up their butts. Really easy to get people to come into the dorms. I know of people who have had friends or boyfriends/girlfriends who didn't go to UH live with them for months. They say you're not suppose to do it, but it's kind of hard for them to enforce it.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: A new athletic center with an indoor track and basketball court make for a great place to work out along with the outdoor track and lower campus gym. Student center is always packed with tons of students doing homework, grabbing food, hanging out with friends, or just passing through to their next class. Libraries are HUGE and offer tons of resources. Lots of places spotted around campus for people to sit and hang out. Check out the Chinese garden along East West Road!

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining options on campus vary from what you like. Most of them are within the $1-$15 range, so it isn't over the top pricey. The food is very good.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The only problem with financial aid is the wait process, other than that it is very helpful.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. The campus security is always patrolling and there isn't a time when I do not see them making their daily rounds. Safety on campus is the least of my worries.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I plan to have an internship that deals with Music. A few concerns I have deal with the availability of finding one within our small community in Hawaii.

College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: With Hawaii run by a Corporation on Tourism, the cost of living off campus is very high. It is very hard to afford living off campus or no campus! Rent is very hard to afford.


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