University of Hawaii at Manoa Reviews

  • 23 Reviews
  • Honolulu (HI)
  • Annual Tuition: $34,002
78% of 23 students said this degree improved their career prospects
87% of 23 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 12/11/2020
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2024
"Trash school. Don’t go there. The academics are trash and I’ve met the rudest people. Save yourself time and don’t go here. Might even get a better academic experience teaching yourself hahah. Food is trash, the people are rude and it’s the worst time i ever had."
Angela Stein
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2019
  • Degree: Fashion
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I truly loved my experience at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I had the opportunity to meet with advisers, professors, and other students before attending, which helped me secure my major and interest in the school. I do have a learning disability and was helped by the Kokua Program all throughout my undergrad to get all the necessary help I need for test taking and advising. Professors were kind and helpful and always made themselves available for office hours. I took part in being a college ambassador, honors society, and other clubs which help me meet many people on campus. There was no "party" atmosphere which I appreciated, because I wanted to on my studies. I did meet a lot of other students who were interested in being successful in courses like myself. I was mostly an on-campus student, but the online courses I took were also enjoyable and the professors for online courses had office hours in person on campus. My required courses (not for my major but for the university) were the hardest courses for me. Math, Writing Intensive, etc. The only negative drawback for the University was having to do required group assignments with students who were really checked out. I had a hard time being forcibly assigned to work with students, who I did specifically choose not work with (mostly at random or drawn from a hat) because they would disappear, and become absent from the entire course, leaving myself and few other students to cover a majority of the work for them. This happened several times throughout my time at the University of Hawaii. Because Hawaii is an exquisite, relaxed place, many students not from the state itself can disregard school and ended up going missing from the course, which is not appreciated when 25% of your grade can rely on a project with them. Other then that drawback, I enjoyed the school and the professors, and many other students I met there. My major (Fashion Design and Merchandising) had so many engaging courses and professors. I recommend this college to anyone interested!"
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2019
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I have heard complaints of key major courses not being offered frequently enough (mostly with friends in engineering/physics). In my experience with the history program, I felt there was enough variation of courses and the professors were mostly good. There is more push to assist students to graduate within the 4-5 years because when I was attending, a lot of students were graduating after 6+ years. Food has gotten better. Some buildings are a bit old and decrepit. The campus is medium/large, spanning over 300 acres apparently, so there's a lot of skateboarding, biking, and scootering to get around (watch out)."
Cris G
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2018
  • Degree: Secondary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"I absolutely loved the University of Hawaii at Manoa and this program! The campus was beautiful, with healthy, amazing food available. The area was also a dream to live - with beautiful beaches and other natural surroundings. The program I was enrolled in had great teachers, and prepared me wonderfully to work in an educational setting.I would recommend this program to anyone seeking to be a Home Economics Teacher."
Kelsey Karsin
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2018
  • Degree: Art & Design
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"The Art Department is AMAZING and the Instructors are talented teachers and artists. I am a better artist because of my time at UH and when you study art, you learn to view the world in a different and unique way. Due to the lack of funding the academics suffer. I had some excellent teachers and some not so excellent teachers along the way. I was able to take really amazing classes including Freaks & Monsters, Performance Art, Sci-fi Literature, and Japanese Film to name a few. It is difficult (but not impossible) to graduate in 4 years, I graduated in 5 1/1 years with my BFA. It is a beautiful open campus and I met some of my best life long friends at UH."
Brittany Moye
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2017
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Studying at the University of Hawaii became the highlight of my twenties. This tropical island made going to class enjoyable! Studying at UH Manoa gave me the foundation I needed in my focused Communicology degree, but it also gave me hands-on experience and interaction with the Hawaiian Culture and their people! As a student, you learn about the Hawaiian islands and the history behind Hawaii! The professors are laid back and were easy to communicate with. I could wear comfortable clothing because of the Hawaiian weather and I was fortunate to live on campus, walking distance to my classes! The Aloha spirit made coming to class enjoyable and leaving Hawaii I knew that I could always have a place to call home and Ohana (family)!"
Joe Mama
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"The library is extremely dated, and the most updated facility is the Gym. Also at the library, they have a lot of older people wandering around looking at what you are doing on the computer, and it's bothersome when I am trying to study. I would study in my dorm; however, it's too freaking hot, because the only dorm with air conditioning is Frear and that fills up first. Students will make fun of you or laugh if you are smart, because they are so stupid, and they are not even the cool kids either. The stupid nerds will laugh at you for paying attention in class or studying hard in the library, and believe me I was popular in High School. The library is a public library and is small. Plus most students living on campus don't have air conditioning in their rooms, so they try to go there. Students here are the laziest students I've ever seen in my life. I transferred from Orange Coast College (community) I saw 100 times more dedication from the students. The food is terrible and gives me diarrhea every time I eat there. The professors suck they go too fast through slides. The laid back culture on this campus leads to students officially not getting anything done, and just slacking off. The staff is not catering at all to the students. The campus is broken down everywhere, and old. Everything closes early on campus, and there is barely any clubs or frats. The students on this campus act like its highs school still and immature like kids. I personally don't think they are going anywhere in life. LOL. I'm about to transfer out to maybe Univerisity of Alabama or Georgia for a better college environment. Some students act rich, but they are just here because of the WUE. LOL. This is like a crappy community college, with fake/plastic/artificial classmates, that pretend to be cool and lie to fit in. There is one Starbucks on campus, and the line wraps around outside in the morning catering to all the campus and takes 20 minutes plus to get a drink; therefore I switched to drinking monster. The campus is dead on the weekends, and all the shops/restaurants are closed. Everything around town/to get things ordered is super expensive.LOL. The frats are a joke. I'm transferring ASAP!!! Nobody here takes their education seriously. Loser people. Anyways good luck!"
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2017
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a melting pot of cultures, people, and food. People from all over the world choose to study at Manoa because of the diversity, the beautiful campus, and the uniqueness of Hawaii. Everyone on the campus is friendly and is willing to help out anyone in needs. On the first day of school, you see students helping each other out find places to eat, where to go, or making new friends."
Shoshanna Douglas
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2017
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"University of Hawaii's engineering program gave me a good insight to the different opportunities within engineering itself. The junior and senior levels courses definitely have me the bigger drive and motivation to complete the program. The courses were kept consistent on what was being taught, however the diverser technical electives could've been a nicer thing to have. At the time we were limited on instructors to the ratio of engineering students."
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2017
  • 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."