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3 out of 5
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2016

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a strong Research I institution located in arguably the best place to attend university in the United States. UH Manoa appeals to many from the mainland United States and is the top university for in-state residents to attend. As an in-state resident, my experience with UH Manoa is skewed more differently than a student arriving from the mainland to paradise. Nonetheless, my experience at university were positive and I was able to take advantage of a out-of-state internship and study abroad program in my 4 years. My college had several internship opportunities available but they were a little hard to find out about. Our study abroad office is extremely helpful and encouraging. All of my classes were satisfactory or above my expectations. It is crucial to focus on the schoolwork because it is so easy to get distracted by all of the activities you can do in Hawaii. There are several courses that try to incorporate our unique climate into the curriculum- ranging from Agriculture courses, Botany, Geography, Marine Sciences, and may more. UH Manoa also has a lively sports culture which adds to the overall spirit of the school. Overall, UH Manoa is an excellent choice in university if you are looking to attend an academically driven institution and create a (school)work-life balance that leads to success.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

It was nice experience . So much supportive environments . Lot of diversity and inclusiveness It was a heavenly place since it is in island .Diverse people from USA & ASIA and islanders , So much of fun and experiencing the cultural diversity and values

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2008

I loved the Education program at the University of Hawaii. I loved my teachers, and my classes, and met wonderful people as my class-mates. I learned so much, and also got to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Oahu. I would highly recommend the University of Hawaii for those pursuing a degree in education.

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3 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2011

The location is amazing, of course. A large, open campus with lofty ceilings and slatted windows. Studying in the library is awful in the summer, easy in the winter due to lack of temperature regulation. I could walk around the campus with no shoes and only cross a street once from my dorms to the halls. The beach is a 15 bus ride, or a 45 min walk away, in busy Waikiki. However... parking? forget about it. There are maybe two streets open with about 100 spots, and for a commuter school, that is nothing. Otherwise there is a parking structure on a far side of campus next to the athletic complex, a good 25 min walk to classes. At night, the blue light telephones shine brightly, but there are all out of service. As just as I could walk around freely, so do loads of other people, at all times of the day. Students, strangers, the homeless. The campus isn't pretty, but they have some large elderly trees that may interest some people. The instruction was weak. As a STEM student, I took many classes where the teacher either outright bored of teaching, and would drone through lectures - with no questions - all on a power point lecture. The English department was a joke, with huffy professors long past their prime of writing, trying desperately to get students to be impressed with their publications from 20 years ago. You will enjoy the campus life, nearby social scenes and ease of entertainment all confined in downtown Honolulu, but be warned, this education is mostly self-taught.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

The University of Hawaii is a school different from any school in the US. There is a tremendous amount of diversity, which makes learning about other people and cultures integral to the experience. The campus and weather are spectacularly beautiful. Although some of the building are run down. The university has an excellent disabilities service (Kokua), for everything from dyslexia to PTSD to blindness. I would not have been able to graduate without their help. Overall I had a very good experience and graduated with honors (magna cum laude).

3 out of 5
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Degree: Fine and Studio Arts Management
Graduation Year: 2015

A friendly atmosphere with students of various ethnic and national backgrounds. An excellent school for those interested in Pacific Island Studies, or Pacific languages.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Library Science
Graduation Year: 2010

The university's budgeting is a farce. If you even considered the UH system you have probably seen "wonder blunder" or issues with June jones, gib arnold, or norm chow. As a whole, I wish I could be proud of my university, but I attended because it was what I personally could afford. If I went away I would still be paying offffgggghyrhj my undergraduate loans. Also, they make it extremely difficult to graduate with ano undergraduate degree in 4 years because of scheduling of prerequisites. My graduate program was amazing though. The teachers, program, and peers make me proud to have gone into LIS at UH.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Library and Information Science
Graduation Year: 2010

A wonderful experience because of caring professors.

4 out of 5
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2010

Take the Hawaiian Literature courses! If you are an English major, invest in some courses that focus on programming and coding.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2012

Great school if you can handle non-English speaking profs . Unique experience based on Asia pacific business culture . I highly recommend Shidler.

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