College Spotlight: University of Hawaii at Manoa
The University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship campus of the public University of Hawaii system. It occupies 320 acres in Honolulu’s Manoa neighborhood, about one mile from Ala Moana and Waikiki. It’s a fairly large university, enrolling 20,337 students of which 13,912 are undergraduates. Despite its size, the University has an average class size of 25 students and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Although the majority of students are from Hawaii (nearly 70%), UH Manoa is very diverse, with students from all 50 states and 108 countries.
UH Manoa is comprised of nine schools (of Architecture, Hawaiian Knowledge, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Pacific and Asian Studies, Social Work, and Travel Industry Management) and nine colleges (of Arts & Science, Business, Education, Engineering, Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and an outreach college). It offers Bachelor’s degrees in 92 fields and graduate and professional degrees in a variety of fields. As a major research university and one of the few land-, sea-, and space-grant institutions in the nation, UH Manoa receives millions of dollars from the federal government and private institutions to conduct cutting-edge research in its specialty fields.
As befitting a university located in Hawaii, UH Manoa’s programs in Oceanography, Marine Science, and Geophysics are excellent and are some of the best in the nation. The University’s programs in Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Library & Information Science are also well-regarded. According to the U.S. News and World Report 2012 Best Colleges rankings, UH Manoa ranks 164th among national universities.
UH Manoa is a member of the NCAA Division I Western Athletics Conference, although its football program will move to the Mountain West Conference and all other programs will move to the Big West Conference in 2012. Its men’s sports teams are variously known as the Warriors, Rainbows, or Rainbow Warriors, while the women’s teams are known as the Rainbow Wahine. UH Manoa also has a variety of intramural sports and over 200 student organizations.
In order to gain admission to UH Manoa, applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1530 (510 on each section) or ACT composite score of 22 in addition to a minimum GPA of 2.8. The University also requires that its applicants complete a high school curriculum that includes 4 years of English, 3 of math, 3 of science, and 3 of social studies. Certain academic programs may have additional requirements. UH Manoa has rolling admissions and accepts either online or paper applications, and although the priority deadline to apply has already passed, interested students can still submit their application and supporting documents through May.