University of Hawaii

Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Manoa’s unique research opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletics program, and beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and universities, our students get a strong education at an affordable price. For more detailed information about the University please visit the Manoa Institutional Research office pages.

At a Glance

  • Founded: 1907
  • Location: beautiful Manoa Valley, just outside downtown Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu
  • Campus size: 320 acres
  • University of Hawaii System motto: Maluna a`e o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Above all nations is humanity)


  • Average class size: 24
  • Colleges: nine
  • Schools: nine
  • Degrees (as of Fall 2010)
    • Bachelor’s degrees in 92 fields
    • Master’s degrees in 84 fields
    • Doctoral degrees in 51 fields
    • Professional degrees in three fields
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


  • Full-time faculty: 1,209
  • Student-faculty ratio: 14.1:1
  • Percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees: 85.3

One of only 32 institutions nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant research institution, UH Manoa is ranked in the top 30 public universities in federal research funding for engineering and science and 49th overall by the National Science Foundation. In 2009, UH Manoa received $330 million in awards, with research grants reaching $216 million and nonresearch awards reaching $114 million. Seven of UH Manoa’s faculty are currently members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Institute of Medicine. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity,” UH Manoa is known for its pioneering research in such fields as oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer research, and genetics.


  • Total student population:20,337
  • Undergraduate: 13,912
  • Graduate and professional: 6,425
  • Hawaii (in-state) students: 69.9 percent
  • Out-of-state students: 20.3 percent
  • International students: 9.8 percent
  • States represented: 50
  • Countries represented: 100
  • Male/female ratio: 44:56