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UH West Oahu recognized as Top 100 Social Media College

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 454-4870
Public Information Officer, Public Relations and Marketing, UH West Oahu
Posted: Oct 25, 2011

The University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu was recently recognized as a “Top 100 Social Media College
The University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu was recently recognized as a “Top 100 Social Media College
The University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu was recently recognized as a “Top 100 Social Media College” by, and ranked number 40 among a field of elite institutions including, Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University and more.
The “Top 100 Social Media Colleges” ranking compares more than 6,000 federally recognized colleges and universities and post-secondary schools in the United States in terms of their mastery of public social media methods, tools and websites. UH West O‘ahu debuted on the list in spring 2011 at number 66, the first and only Hawai‘i university to be recognized. The list is updated every semester and is in its third edition for fall 2011.
“Social media is playing an increasingly important role in the student experience at UH West O‘ahu,” said UH West O‘ahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni. “We are honored to be among the list of top universities across the country that make engagement with students and the community a priority, and we work hard everyday to keep our content relevant, interesting and informative.”
UH West O‘ahu entered the social media arena with an official Twitter account in December 2008 followed soon after by a university Facebook page in early 2009. The University has since launched Flickr and YouTube pages, a number of officially recognized university-affiliated Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as a bi-weekly student blog. Social media content is updated on a daily basis and features relevant discussions on university topics., a Washington Post Company, helps empower students to determine which college is the right fit for their personality, academics, budget, career path, and future. To view the complete “Top 100 Social Media Colleges,” list, visit

UH West O‘ahu became a four-year, regional comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen in fall 2007. The University offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. Construction began in August 2010 on the first phase of a new, state-of-the-art UH West O‘ahu campus in the City of Kapolei. It is expected to serve approximately 2,000 students for fall 2012 classes. For more information, visit,, or call 454-4700 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.