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University of Hawaii at Manoa: Narrative Description


2444 Dole St.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808)956-8111; 800-823-9771; Admissions: (808)956-8975; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1907. Setting: 300-acre urban campus. Endowment: $180.7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $227.2 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $12,387 per student. Total enrollment: 19,863. Faculty: 1,215 (1,124 full-time, 91 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 6,028 applied, 59% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 91% from top half. Full-time: 11,078 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 2,677 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 83 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 56% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 18% 25 or older, 13% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 77% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Option: international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, minimum SAT I score of 510 for verbal and math sections, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Area resident tuition: $138 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $3408 full-time, $138 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9888 full-time, $408 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $153 full-time, $68.80 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, and program. College room and board: $5675. College room only: $3314. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 150 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Associated Students of University of Hawaii, Campus Center Board, Broadcast Communication Authority, Board of Publications, Student Activities and Program Fee Board. Major annual events: All Nighter, Manoa Jams, Hawaiian Music Concerts. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,986 college housing spaces available; 1,738 were occupied in 2002-03. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Hamilton Library plus 6 others with 3.2 million books, 6 million microform titles, 27,328 serials, 53,383 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $18.7 million. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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