Honolulu, HI
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$25,652 ($9,404)
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Reviews 1414 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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1 College Senior

Greek Life: What Greek life? I think we have one frat... and all they do is throw parties that drunk freshman go to to get free alcohol.

5 College Senior

Majors: There were important criteria for admission such as prerequisite classes and grade point averages associated with these classes. It was clearly laid out on many brochures and information sheets, as well as the College of Education website. The application process was relatively normal, and involved an interview and an application. There is nothing I would change about admissions for the College of Education!

4 College Senior

Majors: The workload of my program is very balanced. It is manageable, and is a very unique and helpful combination of classes and student teaching. Student teaching in a classroom at a school nearby is a chance to put the topics and key concepts you are learning in your classes to work! The entire program is designed very well, and has offered a lot of opportunities after graduation for many alumni.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is great, aside from the outstanding cost of living in Hawaii. The cost of living along with the cost of gas, as well as groceries, adds up quickly. The school is not extremely helpful in assisting students to find off campus housing.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: There is not a lot of nightlife, especially for a large city. The night life around Manoa gets old quickly, and students often turn to dorm or house parties instead. There are a few bars, but are often frequented by tourists as opposed to students.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Student dining is one of the best that I have ever seen. Our cafeterias combine Hawaiian foods with locally grown produce, and everyday food that is common. There is not a ton of variety, but there are options on campus for anyone. Meal plans can be used at Starbucks, Pizza Hut, or the cafeterias on campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The school is extremely strict about parking permits and violations, and that is about it. They are relatively permissive of recreational drug use and alcohol use, as long as students are not violating noise rules. The campus is not relatively strict about most policies and rules regarding student's social lives.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Students are a huge part of Wahine Volleyball games, Men's Basketball, and Football. The Stan Sheriff Center is walking distance from the dorms, and so a lot of students are regulars at the volleyball and basketball games. The new student gym at the campus center is stunning. It is top of the line, clean, and ginormous.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The entire campus is extremely safe and secure. There is low crime on campus, and it is very rare to hear of any safety concerns from students or professors. We have campus security constantly driving/walking around during the day and night to serve as a resource in case of any situation.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many delicious spots to eat off campus, all relatively close. All students love Bubbies Ice Cream, Teddy's Burgers, and Blazin Steaks. There are also places students absolutely love... Da Spot and A Place To Eat!

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are a lot of student hangout spots on campus, some more popular than others. Often the most popular spots for students to spend time and hang out is in the dorms. This can sometimes lead to the usual poor behavior and mistakes most freshman make, but is generally safe. There are also great activities and events for students to join in their free time.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academics aspect of this school is great all around. While some majors and departments are stronger than others, most are certainly up to par. There is a huge backup when all students are trying to register online, and it is often difficult to find space in a class. The campus center is a great study area, and a lot of students utilize it!

5 College Senior

Academics: The College of Education is full of professors who are passionate about what they teach. The entire college is extremely supportive and inclusive. They hope to help shape the next generation of teachers.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: This island is the most fun, safe, and beautiful location in the world for a university. There is everything from beaches to water sports to night life and big city! The culture is completely inclusive and full of kind people.

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.


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