The University of Hawaiʻi’s three 4-year universities were highly ranked in the U.S. News and World Report 2024 Best Colleges rankings released on September 18, including a pair of top 5 regional rankings for UH West Oʻahu and a top 20 national ranking for the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business’ international business program.
UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu ranked among the top 1,500 four-year institutions by U.S. News out of approximately 2,640 four-year institutions nationwide and were graded on 13–19 measures (depending on ranking category) of academic quality, including graduation and retention rates, peer assessments, financial resources and student excellence.
“These rankings are one more affirmation of the stature of our three UH universities as public higher education institutions that all of Hawaiʻi can proudly support,” UH President David Lassner said. “This recognition is a reflection of our outstanding faculty, staff and administrators and the remarkable student bodies we attract from Hawaiʻi and beyond.”
UH Mānoa, the flagship campus of the UH System, ranked No. 91 as a top U.S. public university; No. 170 overall in the country; No. 114 in social mobility, which measures how well schools graduated students who were federal Pell Grant recipients; and No. 118 for best colleges for veterans.
The Shidler College of Business came in at No. 20 for international business programs and No. 118 among the best undergraduate business programs out of 523 ranked undergraduate business programs. The Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing is the No. 86 best undergraduate nursing program among 656 ranked undergraduate nursing programs.
The College of Engineering placed No. 150 among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the U.S. The Information and Computer Sciences Department ranked as the No. 167 best undergraduate computer science program out of 554 ranked programs.
The Department of Economics ranked No. 181 for best undergraduate economics programs in the country and the Department of Psychology placed No. 203 out of 542 of the top undergraduate psychology programs. Both are housed in the College of Social Sciences.
UH Hilo ranked No. 93 for social mobility out of the top 434 universities, No. 188 as a top U.S. public university and No. 352 overall in the nation.
In addition, UH Hilo’s School of Nursing is the No. 154 best undergraduate nursing program in the country. The College of Business and Economics placed No. 276 among the 523 best undergraduate business programs, and the Department of Psychology ranked No. 316 of the best 542 undergraduate psychology programs.
UH West Oʻahu
UH West Oʻahu ranked No. 3 for best public colleges in the West, No. 4 for best colleges for veterans among regional colleges in the West, No. 15 overall among regional colleges in the West and No. 26 for social mobility for regional colleges in the West.
UH Mānoa and UH Hilo were included in the national universities category, which featured institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master’s and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research or award professional practice doctorates. UH West Oʻahu is in the regional colleges in the West category, which includes schools that focus on undergraduate education and grant fewer than 50% of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.