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University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) Reviews

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  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    64 out of 66 people found this review useful. 1 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Good for students looking to major in Marine Biology, International Business or Native Hawaiian/Asian Studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    UHM is a good school if you want to spend 4 years by the beach and meet some interesting and diverse people. Marine Biology, International Business, and Asian studies programs are top notch, but most students majors do not lie within these three. With that being said, if the student has been accepted to more recognized schools on the mainland, it would be wise to consider UH's caliber before making the commitment to come all the way out here.

    Bang for the buck

    UHM's tuition is rather low, but to a certain extent, you get what you pay for. The marine biology and international business programs are nationally ranked, but other programs such as communications, journalism (lost it's accreditation in 2004), and political science are far behind their mainland counterparts.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's not so much that students love UHM, it's more so that they love Hawaii. However, be aware that if you are a Caucasian student, get used to hearing haole. This is the word given to whites in Hawaii, however while some locals will not accept any mainlanders, there is a good percentage of accepting locals. Many students just do not get what they are expecting when they come here and subsequently leave after a semester or two. It's really what you make of it though, and the beach is only a mile away.

    Am learning a lot

    This school does not truly value academics. For instance, math is a requirement, but there is an easy way around it. Students can take intro to logic, a very easy class, instead. Too much of the school's money goes to athletics, and it shows with their current budget crunch and the condition of the older parts of the campus.

  • 07/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 out of 34 people found this review useful. 2 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its a great place for students who is alright with having to travel on an airplane in order to get to college if you are from the mainland and you must get used to not being able to drive for long periods of time because you are on an island. Also you must enjoy the sunshine and warm weather year-round. This is also a great place for students who wants to learn many different languages because UH offers many different foreign languages that you probably wouldnt be able to learn at a college on the mainland.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a different demographic of students with many students of Asian and Pacific Islander decent. Some of the classes can be difficult and some of the professors can be hard to understand because of accents, but if you have tutors or form study groups with other students in the class, then you will be ok.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people in Hawaii are very friendly. Many of the professors are really helpful and want you to succeed in their classroom. Obviously, being in Hawaii year-round is going to a great place to spend your time and there is much to be explored here.

    Am learning a lot

    By being in a place that has such rich history and such a different culture than any other place elsewhere in the United States, you not only learn many new things just by being in college but also you learn about a whole culture. I have learned a lot about the Hawaiian culture and other Pacific Islander/Asian cultures.

  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 out of 28 people found this review useful. 3 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Independent, fun, self-sufficient, intelligent and outgoing. You should have a warm-climate preference and love beaches and sun. Perfect for someone who's hard-working and a self-starter, but still likes to have a good time and meet new people. Pack the bikini or swim trunks but leave the snow pants at home. No mama's boys or shy girls who need their parents every minute need apply. Time to put your big boy or girl pants on and show everyone what you can do on your own. A good time and lots of opportunity awaits.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are lots of things to consider before choosing University of Hawaii. Transportation issues are one of the big ones. You cannot drive your car here and although the public transportation (bus) system is pretty good, you have to factor that in. Also you will be far away from family and friends and can't easily go home to visit and do your laundry. You must be independent and self-sufficient and able to function well without your support system. Be prepared to save money any way you can and deal with the higher cost of living. But if you like the college programs (and there are some good ones) and living in paradise while learning, there are few places that compare.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Hawaii is part of the Western Undergrade Exchange program which means it had the cheapest tuition rates of any college I applied to. However, that is partially offset by the expenses of traveling and a higher cost of living (although that is not true of the on-campus housing and meal plan which is comparable to other colleges). Overall, this is an excellent value in education in a warm, beautiful paradise.

    Am enjoying being here

    Hawaii is a wonderful place to attend college. The climate is hard to beat and everything is beautiful. The main drawbacks are that I don't have a car, the cost of living is high (try eating out) and it's challenging to be able to fly back and forth home. The kids here at college are great though and I'm enjoying fraternity acitvities.

    Am learning a lot

    I am attending the Honors College of Engineering. Some of the subjects are hard and require a lot of effort, but the course content and teaching quality is solid.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 15 people found this review useful. 4 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Who love friendly and diverse people and those who enjoy a clean environment, while still being competitive in academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should tour the campus and see for yourself if the school is right for you. Sections of the school range from 100+ years to brand new. Check what your major has in store for you on this campus and tour their facilities.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is one of the cheapest along the west coast, but costs are slowly rising due to lack of funds from the government and the increase cost of living.

    Am learning a lot

    Teachers are part of the way you learn a subject. You should ask around to see how well your professor teaches. If you happen to get a bad professor, try to learn with your classmates and go in for tutoring.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 5 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Currently with the economic hardships, it is particularly pricey to attend UH Manoa especially if you are paying out of state tuition. They have recently had to cut back a lot on number of classes and extra lecturers which has made it difficlut to always get the classes you want and need at a certain time. It is also expensive to live here simply on a daily basis if you are buying your own groceries etc... Obviously expensive to travel home to mainland for any breaks you might have.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's a lot of stuff to do, though you really need a car to enjoy your time here. The bus system is pretty good overall but it gets old fast having to wait all the time and the amount of time it takes to get anywhere.

    Am learning a lot

    Pretty good professors, definitely suggest you use rate my professors website before signing up for classes. Good foreign language opportunities.

  • 06/17/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    10 out of 17 people found this review useful. 6 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    relaxed and independent students who like clear and clean water with a cool breeze, large classes and challenging subjects this it!!!!! O did i mention different cultures and people

    Tips for prospective students

    if you live on the west coast and want a low cost school, want to see sunny skies and beautiful ocean water while you study then this is for you. the school might be far and you may want your mommy but look at this way this is the ultimate way to know you can handle yourself.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The campus is filled with people of different ethnic/cultural and religious backgrounds, the people are friendly. The class sizes range from big lecture halls, if you are the type to hide in the back, to small discussion classes where you have the opportunity to express your thoughts and ideas with other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love the laid back-island feel, this school is for you. Friendly professors and students, beaches are awesome, and local food is the yummiest!!! So come and attend in your slippers (flip-flops), board shorts/bikinis, and tank tops. There are various amounts of activities that happen on campus; from all the sports events; to movie nights on various Friday nights; to even all night studying during finals week. campus is always holding events for students to interact with each other and do/learn new things.

  • 01/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you wanna make friends with people from all around the world, then Manoa is for you, the campus here is so diverse it's very easy to meet someone from the other side of the globe.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour around, sit in a class and see if you like the atmosphere

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other schools where I applied Manoa was the most cheapest, the only thing is that financial aid is very slow,it takes a long time everything to be processed and due to the economy there has been significant cuts in classes being offered.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy attending University of Hawaii at Manoa , we get some refreshing showers every now and then, the sun is almost always shining and your never too far away from the beach. Everyone is really friendly and it's always cool to meet other people from around the world since our campus is very diverse.

  • 01/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 9 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who would enjoy learning about the Hawaiian culture or language. (it is one of the prerequisites to graduate, but is not hard, and don't need to take the language.) Also for students who like the beach. Also, students who play sports can practice year round because the temperature never gets too cold or too hot.

    Tips for prospective students

    The transfer to college is not easy. The first thing would be to get used to reading, and try to figure out things for yourself. There is also prerequisites for UH so it would be smart to talk with the college advisors to help you pick out what classes you will need.

    Bang for the buck

    The economy being the economy, tuition is not that high. I pay less than 5000 for books and tution each semester, being a full time student. There is also, starting his semester, a U-pass sticker on validated IDs which gives you unlimited access to The Bus for the semester, which is really a money saver.

    Am enjoying being here

    I commute from my house so it is a long drive there. But it is very enjoyable. There is many people to meet, and many things to learn. On fridays there are movie nights for the students, making it easier to fit right in.

    Am learning a lot

    My first semester in college was here and Iearned a lot. The professors are helpful, well that is if you choose the right ones. But don't worry, most professors go out of their way to help students. They also give students their office hours and sometimes study session hours. I learned a great amount in the Hawaiian culture and language too, well it is Hawaii.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    students who love marine sciences and hawaiian studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    head to the library! this is a fantastic place for study sessions, a quick nap, printing papers, and all the information youll ever need on any project you do. hamilton library, and sinclair are top notch!

    Bang for the buck

    at $5000 a semester, students dont exactly benefit. for example: they were getting the same benefits with a tuition of $3500.

    Am enjoying being here

    the reason im giving this four stars, and not two, is because of campus center. right now it is going through renovations. the renovations are humbug, they block off the majority of the campus center, and it forces the students to take the long way to class. however. im really happy and excited for the campus center renovations because camus center was a wonderful place before the renovations started, and will continue to be after the renovations end. in fact campus center was the reason students excelled in school. campus center was a place to eat, hang out, grab classroom texts, print out papers, sleep, watch TV and relax, and do homework. if it was so great before [rough edges included], itll be even greater when those rough edges become smooth. all i have to do is struggle through the construction and wait.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the classes I am required to take to graduate [without any incliation to my field of study] are so incredibly unintersting, entertaining, and not taught well. For Example: I took a basic english course from a student [TA, i believe] who couldn't speak much english, and I took a religion course to learn about religion, but the only things I learned in his class, were the things he learned during his masters study in India. The intro math course has primary roots in trig and calculus [Ive taken trig, and its hard - so designating it as a basis of an introductory math course is strange], and the history instructors for introductory history showed my the entire austin powers series. [and no, it wasnt a film studies course. it was HIST 151] however, as i excel further in my education, i notice that im taking really interesting courses. its not that i chose the wrong classes for introductory studies to satisfy my grad requirements, its that the professors for the higher level classes care more - they focus on the students and the level of information being soaked up at one time, not on themselves and what they can do to appeal. these professors take the time to help the student excel. i like these professors. i gave this three stars, because although i am now learning a lot of different, helpful, wonderful things, getting started was a miserable experience - taught by teachers who werent finished with school yet, who didnt care about the grading, or were too focused on themselves.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 11 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy outdoors activities (especially swimming at the beach), have interest in Asian/Pacific cultures, plan to major in business, engineering, marine biology, or Asian languages and literatures

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs as soon as you can! If you are a Christian, there are a lot of groups in which you can get involved. If you like Japanese or Indian culture, there is also a place for you. Be willing to explore beyond the familiar boundaries of your high school lifestyle.

    Bang for the buck

    For residents of Hawaii, the tuition is extremely affordable. For out of state students, UH is still very affordable, and an impressive number of valuable scholarships are available for all students. In addition to its affordable tuition, UH students can attend sports games for free, a year-long bus pass, and work out at the gym.

    Am enjoying being here

    Having lived in Hawaii my entire life, I always envisioned myself going to college in some far away state in which I could experience snow and purchase a legitimate $5 foot-long sandwich from Subway (prices are higher in Hawaii). However, when making my final decision, I realized that I could not bear to leave home for a myriad of reasons. Reflecting now on my first year in college, I can confidently say that I enjoyed staying home in Hawaii. Hawaii is a truly magical place because of its temperate climate, the variety of cultural diversity present in its cuisine, history, and day-to-day happenings, and the beauty seen not only in Hawaii's landscape, but in the hearts of Hawaii's people. I encourage anyone who wants to experience something new, exciting, and breathtaking to come to UH Manoa.

    Am learning a lot

    As a pre-business major, I have learned a lot about economics, and I anticipate my future at Shidler Business of College at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. However, I have not only learned about business. My knowledge in the fields of history, anthropology, sociology, and Japanese language has increased exponentially. I feel so much more aware of the world, and I can positively say that all I have learned so far has already begun to shape me into a much more mature, intelligent, and motivated person.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 12 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The UH Alert system will text/email anyone on their alert list. I found that there is a decent level of crime, more so pertaining to dangerous unidentified individuals and assaults, that occurs.

    Great for these types of students

    multi ethnic students, especially with an asian or pacific heritage will feel welcomed and at home on the island and on campus. Students that have a more liberal political view or are very laid back (aka surfer or outdoorsman type) will love the abundance of natural resources for education and fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a full sized Japanese temple building on the outskirts of the campus that serves as the East meets West center. It was very cool.

    Bang for the buck

    While the tuition for WUE or even out of state students is lower than most in-state tuition rates, the cost of living is so high that it is still nearly impossible to live comfortably as a full time or even part time student.

    What to do for fun

    The trails and the beach! Honolulu has some neat private hot spots. You just have to search through the side streets to find a gem. Jazz Minds was a favorite music club of mine.

    Food and Dining

    The multiculturalism of the island leads to amazing food! The student centers have regular fast food fare, but some of the restaurants and bars on campus have great mixed japanese/hawaiian/korean fare.

    Dorm Life

    There was nothing going on on campus unless you were part of the Frat.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too demanding on a student that can balance their time well. Most professors are doing their own research projects and aren't overly analytical of students work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect some culture shock if you are not from Hawaii. The island attitude makes getting things done with the faculty a chore. The cost of living here is expensive so please take advantage of student discounts and meal plans.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa can deliver a great education at an affordable cost. The social atmosphere is a bit tame compared to most other mainland schools. Professors and students are very laid back.

  • 03/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Marine biology, International business, Hawaiian studies... any student who feels they can be self motivated and can fight past the distraction of going to the beach everyday!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to the Hawaiian culture and you will be recieved with open arms. Most people are friendly and laidback. It is a completely different vibe from anywhere I've been in the United States.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are coming from out of state, be prepared. It can get very expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    Hawaii is beautiful. While the campus is a bit rundown, the surrounding area is gorgeous, and the beach is just a 10 minute bus ride away! Manoa can be rainy, so bring an umbrella.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a marine biology major and I am learning a lot about things I never knew before. Biology and chemistry labs offer a lot of hands on experience, and there are many opportunities for fieldwork and internships.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early that way you are automatically considered for scholarships and grants given directly from UHM.

  • 07/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, City People, Students that hate cold, Students interested in living around people of many different ethnicities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a job as soon as possible, everything you do in the city cost money. Also, if your planning on living on campus, decide if you want to have a meal plan or not, most of the dorms require it. If you want to skip the meal plan and pay for your own food, look into the apartment options, which come with a kitchen and a small living room. They give you little bit more space, which I know is important to some people.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is low, weather is warm. Pretty good if you ask me. Lots of the money is put into the sports though, which is good if that's your thing. If not you might feel like they get all the attention, while other programs are ignored. Once again, it comes down to preference.

    Am enjoying being here

    Having been raised on the neighbor island Maui, I am used to the country lifestyle; Oahu, however, is mostly Rural, and the Campus is situated right in the city. So if your like me and not a fan of the city, then you might want to reconsider Uh Manoa, and maybe go for UH Hilo instead (that is if Hawaii is a must for you). Living in the city does, however, offer many benefits, some of which include: Transportation(bus), variety of people, and lots of places to eat. Overall, it really depends on your taste, but then again, it Hawaii, and that hard to beat.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I've only been here for one semester, so far my experience has been a positive one. I have had good teachers, most of whom teach with a sense humor, which comes natural in Hawaii, considering the weather. Personally I think that how much you learn is based more on your attitude than the teacher it self, but I also understand how how a teacher can make things more difficult than the need to be. Having said that, based on my experience and that of other students, your average teacher has got his/her stuff together.

  • 05/05/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 13 people found this review useful. 16 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy

    Tips for prospective students

    Learning is the key here.

  • 05/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Athletes interested in water sports. Also a great place for people who dislike the cold.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the general education requirements and try to complete those early if you aren't sure of what you want to major in. If you know what you are going to major in look at the major requirements and try to get some of your heavier major classes out of the way early so that you don't have to deal with all major classes your junior and senior year.

    Bang for the buck

    This school participates in WUE which makes it more affordable for students from the mainland. If you are from Hawaii take advantage of the low in-state tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    Hawaii is an amazing place. You can go hiking, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sailing. The possibilities are endless! The temperature is also really nice, not to hot not to cold. But you might get spoiled if you end up coming here :D

    Am learning a lot

    How much you learn depends on what classes you are taking, what professor is teaching and how much you are studying. In college the classes don't go into as much detail as they did in High School. To make sure you learn all you need to know make sure to do your homework and readings for class.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Transfer students, freshmen

    Tips for prospective students

    Check to see if this school has your major. Also check what the major needs. If you are transferring you need to make sure the classes you are taking will transfer over.

    Bang for the buck

    It has definitely been worth it. I found is much cheaper to go here instead of going to a west coast school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like being on the island and surrounded by water since my major is marine related. I also enjoy the culture and food.

    Am learning a lot

    As far as academics go, I am learning just as much as I did at my community college. Some of my credits didn't transfer and I have to retake some classes.

  • 11/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are very laid back in nature and social. People who can make friends with everyone will have no problem fitting in here. Also the programs that are highly rated here and if you really care that your diploma means something and can't say its not the best is the biology, zoology, marine biology, business, and...a couple of others that you have to research. Also if you like the outdoors this place has unlimited options where you can visit all over the island. Most of us use the bus since we pay 20 dollars to use it for free anyways to get around the island.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like to have fun there is always something happening here but as a word of caution the parties are very different here. The parties are not like all out dancing, drinking, being with a million people type. They are more like in the dorms and more laid back. There are clubs but it really isn't like the mainland. Also the things you can do off campus is really unlimited here, there is always something to do. But most importantly do your research on this school and every school you are interested in. if you don't have anything specific that you know you want to do, then see if this has a lot of options that you are interested in. This school has a lot of options, see if they are the options you like.

    Bang for the buck

    For me, it was actually cheaper to come here than a lot of schools in California and I would have been paying in-state tuition. But I have noticed people (even students here) rate your education here a little lower than other places. From my knowledge its true to a certain extent. This school is very top heavy in that it has a couple of programs that are rated very highly and then the rest are very sub-par.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a great diversity of ethnicity's and people from all around the country here so of course you get all these different personalities that you will/will not like. It's really easy to make friends here since like half the students are not from here and therefore are all in the same boat of wanting to meet new people. Also there are a million places you can go and explore around the island where there is beautiful scenery and make all your friends' back home jealous.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that are here can be very challenging depending on your major and the classes that you are taking. There are some very easy classes that can fill your general ed. requirements and the teachers are very diverse in their teaches. Some are very good and entertaining while some can lull you to sleep and not be very good at teaching their knowledge to you.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Active and outdoor people. There's beach, surfing, snorkeling, and lots of hiking. Absolutely gorgeous views that need to be seen.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're moving to Hawaii from the main land, make sure you're ready to be on your own. You're completely stranded from everyone else, being out in the middle of the ocean and all. If you can immerse yourself in the culture and meet a lot of people, you'll absolutely love it here.

    Bang for the buck

    Since I am out of state, it is not very cheap. It is expensive to live in Hawaii, but it is completely worth it. I love the experience because it is a lot different than the main land. I love being surrounded by the culture.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love the atmosphere both on campus and downtown. Hawaii is an amazing place to live and being surrounded by the Hawaiian culture is such a great experience.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of different classes here. Since I am a freshman, I have only been here for a semester so I haven't gotten a lot of chances to take classes. I'm registered for next semester and I am very excited for my classes.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 21 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive, and it's a strange place to have the school. Parking and food sucks.

    What to do for fun

    Not much on campus--just going to yogurt land, or walking to the lunch room or something. Really not a very fun campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is expensive and not even that great. Luckily there's a jamba and pizza hut/taco bell.

    Dorm Life

    Not much to do.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty tough, depending on the courses you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you figure out how your'e going to get to campus and where to park--whether you'll be needing a parking pass or not--and make sure to figure this all out before the deadline to apply for parking passes.

    In three sentences

    Terrible financial aid services. Overall, a great education. Really tough on transportation and parking.

  • 01/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UH Manoa is great for athletes. The athletes have state of the art gym equipment and tutoring services to keep their academics up.

    Tips for prospective students

    If UHM is a school that you would like to attend, make sure to send your application on time. Also, if you're not sure that you'd be able to get into the school try the College Opportunities Program which will allow you to spend a summer taking a class while getting the freshman experience by being able to dorm with other freshmen. Link to COP: http://www.hawaii.edu/cop/

    Am enjoying being here

    UHM is very diverse which includes professors and students. The diversity in classes allows students to have knowledge on what they might have not known. One of the general graduation requirements of attending UH Manoa is to have a diversification of Hawaiian and the Pacific which can be simple Intro to Hawaiian Studies. This allows students to know a little about Hawai'i and it's language, culture, and rich history.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes at UHM are rather large. But if you're one of those students who are active and participate in class then you will definitely learn a lot. A lot of professors are known for being enjoyable which makes learning a lot easier and fun. Although some professors aren't as enjoyable as others, they will still teach you the content in the best way they can.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus security usually patrols most well-walked areas of campus. but i'm still wary of going out by myself. since there are crimes that occur on campus, please be aware of your surroundings and, at night, go in groups of people instead of just by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's a huge variety of clubs. usually they will be promoting during the first 2 weeks of each semester. and if you don't see what you like, you can always make your own club. speaking from experience, if you have at least 6 friends who share the same interest as you, and you can find an adviser, you can make your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    asian and pacific studies, including: language, literature, linguistics, and culture international business tourism and hospitality services marine biology

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    check out the japanese garden. it's really pretty and calming.

    What to do for fun

    there are weekly events at campus center, ranging from movie nights to concerts. toma karaoke is an all-asian music karaoke place. they charge by the hour, so it's more cost-efficient to go in a large group. there's always waikiki and the beach (north shore is better but farther away)

    Food and Dining

    food is not the best quality nor is it very cheap, but there's a lot of relatively cheap places to eat nearby that give you a lot of food for what you pay. there's definitely a variety of foods available and the student union (campus center) dining hall rotates their menu every few months. somehow gateway dining hall was highlighted as a cheap eats place on the news once. didn't really understand it, but i guess a $10 buffet is actually cheap eats.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are of average quality. there's enough space if you make efficient use of it. and all of the dorms are within 15 min walking distance from campus. if you have the money, i'd say definitely go to frear hall. it costs about $6,000 for just the room, but given that you have a lot of space, ac, wi-fi, and your own bathroom (in other words, you don't have to share it with a whole floor, just your roommates), i'd say that that's money well spent. i also realized that there's a lot of stuff going on around campus after-hours so it's actually a good investment to dorm if you plan on being heavily involved on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    i think the classwork really depends on your major, sciences are a lot harder than humanities, as shown by my engineer and bio friends spending large chunks of their evenings just doing homework or studying for tests. but on average, expect to devote at least 2 hours for every credit you have (so if it's a 3 credit class, you will probably need to invest at least 6 hours or more in studying and homework). international business, international relations, and the marine sciences are what they are known for. i'm not really sure if the classes are academically difficult so much as they are time consuming.

    Tips for prospective students

    the more credits you have coming in (such as from aps or transfer credits) the faster you get to register. always carry a small umbrella in your bag in case of rain. check out cultural events, like the greek, korean, or okinawan festivals. as tempting as it is, don't skip class to go to the beach.

    In three sentences

    the good: the campus is located really close to most major things in town, waikiki, ward, ala moana, and downtown. the bus system is efficient at getting you where you need to go. the bad: the phrase it's uh has come to be an running joke to explain any bad things, including not very well maintained buildings, quality of education, and lack of common sense on more than one occasion.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 129

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    Tips for prospective students

    It is a really fun school to be a part of, as long as you are willing to take the time to be a part of the school. Your whole experience will have to do with the time you are willing to put into it.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that the tuition is increasing pretty fast but that you still have live pretty well.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being in Hawaii, and have gained great friends.

    Am learning a lot

    I really think it is about the effort you put into UH, they are willing to give you chances that you would not be able to experience anywhere else but here as long as you show an interest.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 129

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interesting in Asian language or studies, this college would definitely be worth your time in researching.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive for me, only because I'm coming from out-of-state. For in-state students, the price would be that of a normal college.

    Will enjoy being here

    Hawaii has been a place that I've wanted to live for the longest time! A chance to attend college there makes it even better. I'd love the chance to attend.

    Will learn a lot

    This college has a lot of programs that I am interested in. The day that I found out about the University of Hawaii at Manoa, I couldn't stop the research! I requested more information immediately!

  • 11/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 129

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    Great for these types of students

    Marine science is a really big thing at UH but we have many different options. I think we have more foreign language options than any other college! It's just awesome! Come to UH Manoa!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to UH! It's a great school for anything! It's a very diverse campus and the Hawaiian culture is great! Not only is campus life great but we have a lot of other things you can enjoy such as going to the beach, great eating places, and many opportunities to work.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in state student it is very cheap for me to attend. But it is also cheap for out of state students compared to other schools such as those in California. The financial aid office is very great at making sure they give you enough money to pay for school. They are very reasonable and will take into consideration circumstances in financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being on campus! There is a lot of things to do! Even if I am a political science major you can join many clubs on campus just to see what it feels like to learn different things. If there's a problem you can talk to the student government who will help to solve the issue making campus life more awesome.

    Am learning a lot

    I've never learned so much in my life! I'm a political science major and we learn about so many different issues happening in the world and our own country and what we can do as young adults to try and solve the problems. If you like to help people, UH is the great school for you to attend. Professor are always supportive in projects that you want to start and they always reply back to your emails. If you don't understand assignments they will always take the time to meet with you and have a one-on-one session to talk about things. It's great!

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 129

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    Great for these types of students

    People of multi-cultural origin, or those who are tolerant and accepting of cultural differences in others. Good earth, sea, and space sciences departments. Strong Asia pacific course work. Strong in Asia Pacific Languages. Strong business school with orientation toward doing business in Asia and the Pacific. Strong in travel and tourism. Strong law school - good rate of passing the bar exam. Good medicial school, especially for tropical medicine and family medicine. Strong School of Architecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be patient with the administrative processes. Very slow and bureaucratic, but eventually they get there. People are nice and friendly, and filled with what they call the Aloha Spirit. We should all learn that from them back on the mainland,and this is something I want to carry with me past my time at UH.

    Bang for the buck

    As out of state tuitions at the flagship campus of a state university go, Hawai'i is reasonable. You can cut costs by living and eating in the dorms. Dorms are being renovated, making them acceptable. Also can cut costs by staying through Holidays in Hawaii, where dorms stay open for no extra cost, except for feeding yourself.

    Am enjoying being here

    How can anyone not enjoy being in Hawai'i!!! Why did I wait so long to get here? Why would I ever leave?! I feel accepted and I'm having fun in a great setting. I do some serious studying, but I also have time to get to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and to enjoy learning about a unique culture. I have great floor-mates at my dorm from throughout Hawaii and the world. This place really rocks! I hear some negativity from others occasionally about the classes, but it is what you make of it, and if you arrive with a good attitude and an open mind to learning about a new culture and new people, Hawaii, Honolulu metro area, and UH Manoa are great!

    Am learning a lot

    I found my professors to be generally enthusiastic and engaging, and even first year classes are not that large by state university standards. Had great experience with taking a foreign language for the first time ever. Also a outstanding class in Intro Oceanography with great field trips to beautiful an fun beaches and bays nearby. Classes in intro level of Microeconomics and Geography were generally quite good.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 129

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    beach! hiking! clubbing! meditating! skydiving! playing tourist for the day in waikiki. haha. we are in the middle of nowhere, but if you look good and hard enough you can find plenty to do!

    Food and Dining

    the food kind of sucks. i will be honest. the best places to eat are govinda's, daspot, and india cafe.

    Dorm Life

    unfortunately i am not living in the dormitories on-campus, but from what i have gathered from a few of my friends who do, i am fortunate to be living with my mother just down the road-especially since i only pay $200 per month for rent! i am one lucky lady. i have visited a couple of times and from what i have observed, i believe if you have roomies who you vibe well with, the dorms can be a great place! keep in mind that staying involved in school activities might also be a contributing factor to making the most of your experience there!

    Academic Rigor

    i am a theater major, and i know that our department is unique in that one is required to be well-rounded in all aspects of the theater. they ask that you take a design course, directing, acting, dance, voice, history, children's theater, asian theater, etc. it's really opened my eyes, and that's what i am here for: learning, enlightenment, etc. i am being challenged in different types of ways, so i cannot say that it is easy to get a's in my classes and use that as a basis for the academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you love the outdoors, meeting new people from all over the world, and if you can appreciate the experience more than the reputation, then uh manoa can be a wonderful experience. as with most colleges, you just need to get out there and try to soak in all that you can. i believe in keeping a positive attitude if you want to have a positive experience. oh, and if you are coming from the mainland i recommend trying some local grindz!

    In three sentences

    it's a beautiful campus, with feel-good vibes. for easy travel and low-stress commuting, get a bike or a moped, or live on-campus in the dorms because parking is so no the haps. if you are looking for academic challenges, from what i hear about most classes...this ain't the place for you.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Alot of unsafe sexual offences and Campus violence

    Clubs and Activities

    Alot of stuff to do on and off the campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students with an enviromental state of mind

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure that the University of Hawaii can properly address you attended goals

    What to do for fun

    It is Hawaii. Go to the beach

    Food and Dining

    The food is very poor and expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very old and dirty. They do have some new cleaner student housing now available. Make sure you select a newer dorm

    Academic Rigor

    The academic Rigor is very low. The school has a very high curve and helps students from failing and or dropping out

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that they have a good school for you prospective major.

    In three sentences

    It is a great university for enviromental sciences. They have great facilities for hands on training. They also have a beautiful campus.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is decent security precautions and a great campus escort system during the evenings to get students to their destinations safely.

    What to do for fun

    There are always great beaches and local restaurants to check out. There are also great scenic hikes as well as a variety of amazing tourist attractions.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe food is good. Most of the time it is fresh and appetizing, but after a while, it becomes monotonous. There are a lot of great places to eat, however, not all accept meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are newly renovated and are well furnished. I can't complain about the Hale Wainani high rises where I am staying. It's pretty awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    As in most cases I would imagine, it depends what courses you take and what you're field of study is.

    Tips for prospective students

    There will be a new student recreation center soon (perhaps by 2013) and newly renovated buildings (Gartley Hall, Edmondson Hall), as well as recently renovated buildings (Biomedical Science Building, Gateway Dormitory, Aloha Tower Dormitories).

    In three sentences

    Some professors are better and more qualified than others. UHM took a lot of cutbacks and it is pretty evident. There is a lot of renovation going on, but other areas/departments need it more, in my opinion.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 129

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    Campus Safety

    Safe during the day, questionable at night. Especially for girls who are alone.

    Greek Life

    I didn't know we even had that.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are okay. Not a lot of them though, and some don't really meet much.

    Great for these types of students

    Asian studies. Asian language majors. Marine biology. Someone who wants to avoid the competitive Ivy League type atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    It is cheaper for me attend here than in state back home.

    What to do for fun

    It's Hawaii. You figure that out yourself.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is mediocre. Good variety of on campus restaurants. Everything closes down for weekends and holidays though except for the convenience store and one cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Like any other dorm... Crappy, but as far as dorms go, I think they're pretty nice. Bigger than I expected, friendly RA's.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said, it's not a heavy load. It is perfectly manageable, so I can focus on more independent study. There is also a manageable amount of homework,

    Tips for prospective students

    Comb through every single page on all of their websites because I can guarantee that you are missing some important information from somewhere.

    In three sentences

    UHM has a great Korean program. They have a very diverse student body. The curriculum isn't overbearing and is fairly relaxed.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Don't wander around campus or the dorms at night. There have been reports of assaults against women late at night. Stay safe.

    Greek Life

    I think UHM has 2 sororities and 2 fraternities? Not sure.

    Clubs and Activities

    UHM has A LOT of clubs to choose from and a leisure center for students to rent equipment like surfboards from.

    Great for these types of students

    Surfers: beach. Shoppers: Ala Moana. Partyers: Waikiki Gamers: Campus Center student lounge. Foodies: Anywhere in town!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The trees by Sinclair. You'll know if you ever do decide to visit.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a farmer's market on campus. Buy your produce there. Locally grown and yummy, not to mention CHEAPER. Hawaii is an expensive place to live overall, but it's still a great place to be. You pay for location and the CULTURE!

    What to do for fun

    Shop at Ala Moana mall, the largest outdoor mall. Go to Waikiki for some wine and dine or for some good eats around town. Go to the beach. You're in Hawaii! The possibilities are endless. Swimming, hiking, snorkeling, or just eat some good island food!

    Food and Dining

    So many food choices! I'm going to miss it all so much.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know. I didn't reside in the dorms, but from what I hear, your living experience will depend largely on which dorm halls you live in. Some are ghetto and some are nice. Not a party school.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on what classes you take. Of course, science and math classes might be more challenging unless you're adept in these areas. Just attend class regularly, take notes, do the assignments, and do the study guides and you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the study guides. Talk to your professors-- letter of recommendations always come in handy for scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Professors are fun, interesting, and willing to help you if you ask for assistance. A lot of good food vendors and cafeterias. You'll meet great people.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 129

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    Campus Safety

    HORRIBLE FOR WOMEN! 9 times out of 10 when we get campus security emails it is because there is a women who has been sexually assaulted on campus. Be careful when walking alone on campus at night. Also, campus security takes forever to respond so when in doubt your best bet is to call BEFORE anything happens and have campus security escort you too and from wherever you're going. (campus security provides van escorts after sundown at around 6 every night)

    Greek Life

    what greek life?

    Bang for the buck

    They are making lots of improvements now, but when I first started things were run down and classes weren't always available.

    What to do for fun

    It's Hawaii, enjoy being outdoors. GO OUTSIDE!

    Food and Dining

    NOT VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY!!!!!! When I lived in the dorms there were not a ton of options for me in the cafeteria, lots of carbs, and as for on campus dining most of the venues are for meat-eaters. As a vegetarian you will really only have about 3/4 options so if you know you'll be eating on campus a lot during the day I suggest bringing your own food so you aren't eating the same things over and over and also because you'll save $$$, which as college kids we all could use more of.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived there for awhile, and they have done improvements, but when I lived there the dorms were not in the best condition to say the least. Personally, I do not like having RA's (they'll go through your belongings to search for anything you shouldn't have [drugs or alcohol] during fire drills) I just was not one for dorms and preferred my own off campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely varied. For certain majors it is rigorous, but for others it is a much less intense experience. There is not standard, it all depends on what you're coming here for. I came here for marine biology, and it is one of the most rigorous majors offered and has some of the most requirements, many people start with the major and either drop it or switch out to zoology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're ready to make the move from the mainland to being on your own on the island, assuming you aren't local. Nearly half of the people I knew my freshman year were gone by the end of the year. Many people think it is just like any out of state school, but it is not a simple as hopping in your car and driving home to visit friends and family. Make sure you can deal with that and are ready for new settings. Also, we do not have much Greek life here (might as well consider it non-existent).

    In three sentences

    Good school depending on your major, but getting your degree can be frustrating in terms of getting classes you need.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe here.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is crazy high. I could get the same education for less at the community colleges.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the library and study, or go to the Campus Center.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome, best mix of local foods.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but I heard many fun stories.

    Academic Rigor

    The work here is not hard t all. The teachers are awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out where your classes are before school starts and always ask questions.

    In three sentences

    The general scene is beautiful, nature-wise. This campus is very welcoming. UH Manoa has a very diverse group of ethniciies.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 129

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There was a drumline marching through the college visit day.

    Bang for the buck

    Really amazing facility with great classrooms and simulation labs

    What to do for fun

    A lot of clubs and activities like band, taichi, and even botany.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the scholarships for this school early on; don't miss the deadline and dread it later on.

    In three sentences

    Most incredible scenery and environment. The atmosphere is simply overwhelming you can feel the fun and excitement in the air. The campus is also very diverse in organizations and events for every student.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 36 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Like new experiences and can handle being on your own

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up and have decent ACT scores

  • 08/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 4 people found this review useful. 37 of 129

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    Bang for the buck

    I don't know if that price is reasonable.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's a great school!

    Will learn a lot

    Great learning place!

  • 09/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    0 out of 9 people found this review useful. 38 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    How much does each semester cost? How much tuition?

    Will enjoy being here

    If you don't live in Hawaii do you miss your loved ones?

    Will learn a lot

    Will I learn what I need to get a Doctorates degree?

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It can still be a little bit dangerous in the campus at night. It's okay to call campus security to escort you back if you think it's bad to go back by yourself at late night.

    Greek Life

    People are really friendly.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs for students

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like outdoor activities and ocean.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hmm... can't think of any.

    Bang for the buck

    Food cost is really high, but tuition is that bad.

    What to do for fun

    kayaking, fishing, camping, surfing, boogie boarding, beach, sun-bath, watch sport games, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Price is reasonable and it taste good, but it's always the best to cook by yourself if you want to save money.

    Dorm Life

    There are some building are really old...

    Academic Rigor

    The quality of general instructors is a problem, not good enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Work in campus is one of the best way to get involves and know people. - Go to First-Year advising center in Queen Liliuokalani building for most of the questions from freshmen, you will learn a lot from them.

    In three sentences

    Great school for Asian, marine science, and international business study; generally, there aren't enough outstanding instructor; school's system and policy is quite confusing for the students.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go surfing everyday! Skate to class, and please go to all the good reggae and ska shows; these three things will land you the ideal Oahu experience, I promise.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is ok, not the best, not the worst.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not as exciting as most other schools and the freshman dorms will probably always remain in dire need of renovations.

    Academic Rigor

    UH Manoa is not a very challenging school.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with most schools, it's especially important here to register for classes as early as possible. Many students get stuck here for another semester or two simply because they couldn't get that one class needed for graduation. Surf and skate as often as possible, and Chinatown is the place to go out.

    In three sentences

    Most classrooms are in need of renovations. As with most US schools, even though us poor students are the ones paying tuition, we don't get much say in what that tuition goes toward; the school is building this huge recreation center in the middle of campus that none of the students I know care about, we would much rather pay less for school. If you've already been in Hawaii for a while you may get antsy and all of the sudden feel the need to leave, but transferring, especially, now is extremely difficult to do; it's very competitive and you will end up spending more time and money than you probably bargained for.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's alright. There were some random suspicious packages, people held at gun point, some girls molested supposedly and the random homeless people who wander campus on the daily. Other than that, campus police is always just a phone call away.

    Greek Life

    It is horrible. This is not the school to go to if greek life is your passion!

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a ton, but it's strange that they don't really have very many outdoorsy clubs. They're also hard to contact.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who do not want a great education, love to party, love to surf and want to get by through school by having a lot of fun but not necessarily learning too much (school-wise) in the process.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I can get a better education for this price at some other school.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING! surf, run, bike, climb, hike, shop, sleep on the beach, read, swim, skydive, go to concerts...Hawaii is a great place to have fun!

    Food and Dining

    It's okay. Super processed, nothing really to fresh except maybe the salads sometimes from local farms. It's owned by sodexo meaning it's as good as what prisoners eat :)

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are old and nasty, but they are fun! There is always something going on and they are a great place to meet people. Some are kind of sketchy, but so is everything at night.

    Academic Rigor

    This school will not encourage you to think or try hard at all. A minimal effort will let you pass with flying colors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure it's where you really want to live (especially if you're from the mainland), I'd suggest visiting campus. If you're not going to study marine biology or some form of science, this school isn't too great at much else. It's a fun place to live, but just try to keep your head above the meth heads and alcoholics that seem to rule this island.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus placed right in the green Manoa valley. It's not really a place of learning, unless you count learning how to party and learning how to skip school. The University is super relaxed, which can be awesome, but it also makes for an extremely unorganized and failing school.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    IT HAWAII!!!! Everything is super fun!

    Food and Dining

    It's horrible...

    Dorm Life

    Pretty good if you live in the freshmen towers.

    Academic Rigor

    It is like any other college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to deal with not having a car! Taking the bus every where gets annoying.

    In three sentences

    The actual University is alright. The facilities are kinda rundown and ugly.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    we can use sports facilities at night to play table tennis, badminton.

    Food and Dining

    there are several places for lunch. the main cafeteria is kind of small. there is a bale in campus.

    Dorm Life

    i'm not living at dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    comparing with other colleges in hawaii, the lecture is much harder. however, it is not impossible to get a high grade if we study hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    studying always gives us good results.

    In three sentences

    university of hawaii has a big campus. the library opens 24 hour. professors are willing to help us.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe, there are phones all over campus if you ever need security to help.

    Greek Life

    not really sure about this because i don't really hear much of the greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    many clubs and activities to join for any of your choices. there are even clubs for your specific schools and specific majors but you're allowed to join even if you aren't majoring in it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    uh manoa has it's own manoa marker where many students go to check out at least once and many stores, like a mini shopping mall.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of things to do for fun in uh manoa. our asuh always hold some kind of bash (welcome back bash, spring bash, etc.) and movie nights with popular movies that we vote on. we can also attend uh games for free with our validated i.d. and so much more things to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    great food at the campus center, hawaiian traditional food, but also, there are other food places such as subway, pizza hut, taco bell, etc. around campus. but there are also food trucks, food vendors, and kiosk which have amazing food! can't go wrong with that.

    Dorm Life

    as for myself, i don't dorm but my friends do. most of them say, it is great because you get to meet new people and if you ever need any help with a class or need something, your neighbors are there to help right away.

    Academic Rigor

    very strict about academic but also lenient. if you ever need anything, counselors are there for you.

    In three sentences

    university of hawaii of manoa is a great school. there are amazing students you will meet but also a very good place to live in because as most people describe it, it's paradise. you will enjoy going to uh manoa, go warriors!

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 129

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the university of hawaii system administrators, teachers, business professionals, and students have a commitment to safety and privacy.

    Greek Life

    wisdom

    Clubs and Activities

    studying is the best student activity.

    Great for these types of students

    we welcome all students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    aloha friday

    Bang for the buck

    there is a commitment to establishing an affordable education.

    What to do for fun

    we are an ocean environment.

    Food and Dining

    my favorite place to enjoy food and friends is bale.

    Dorm Life

    we repair, renovate, preserve, and alter dorms for modern family living.

    Academic Rigor

    university of hawaii system includes trade degrees, undergraduate, and graduate degrees.

    Tips for prospective students

    our family is in the pacific rim.

    In three sentences

    the university of hawaii system is a learning community that promotes literacy.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i have come to witness one of the classes at uh manoa during my sophomore year thanks to my teacher asking me to study chemistry, as well as slept in a dorm thanks to gear up's dorm stay. i can tell that this school can offer a lot to students and is convenient for many students that live in hawaii.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can play pool and video games in the game room.

    Food and Dining

    There is a varied selection of foods but the school can't yet decide on who its vendor should be. Now one of the two major food courts is closed due to management changes and construction has driven a wedge into everything.

    Dorm Life

    I have no experience with on-campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    My friend and I are straight-A, full-time students and yet we can't yet graduate due to a two-year foreign language requirement and ridiculous minimum-credit requirements intended to park you in the school for as long as possible to make money off of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    See your academic adviser every semester, particularly before choosing classes

    In three sentences

    UHM has ridiculously stringent graduation requirements. My friend and I have been straight-A, full-time students for four years and do not have enough credits to graduate yet. Their facilities are currently under construction and therefore not helping anyone at all.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety seems to be an issue. I receive probably at least one alert via email of an intruder, burglar, or harassment on campus weekly.

    Greek Life

    This is poorest school of choice if you are looking for Greek life. No joke.

    Bang for the buck

    This is quite obvious. I mean, it is Hawaii. But, as stated earlier, it's high in costs too.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you can think of outdoors, it is available. Transportation is easier with a vehicle, but the public transportation is exceptional. My first year I made good use to it.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria meal plans are mandatory if you are to dorm. If you aren't in a dorm, I honestly wouldn't advise buying a meal plan. besides, the cafeteria is somewhat out of the way of the main campus.

    Dorm Life

    Seriously, my first year was my best year. The dorms formed a sort of community within itself. Although I didn't spend the majority of my time with my dorm peers, there was a sense of family familiarity between all of us, and they are friendships that will last forever.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, if you find the right professors, they are truly passionate about their specialization. Although many professors tend to be easy on their students, there still is quite a bit of quality information to learned. It all boils down to the students aptness and willingness to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely be aware of the high costs of living. Whether you're being aided by your parents or by yourself, note that Honolulu has one of the highest costs of living in the US. Also, take note that the way of life here is quite different from the rest of the US. There are multinational groups and communities, and their cultural differences into one big salad bowl. Hence the state's nickname or reference.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful school. Not exactly what I was expecting, but exceeded my hopes after a semester of adjusting.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs and intramural sports to choose from.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawai?i at M?noa offers the most Polynesian languages in the United States. UH M?noa brings in many speakers and lecturers to expand their students? knowledge and recently hosted the Dalai Lama. UH M?noa is very ?ohana, or family oriented.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been incidents occurring on campus, but there is a nighttime escort service students can call to bring them around campus. In the day, there are provided shuttle services around campus.

    Greek Life

    UH Manoa has no Greek row, but there are a few sororities and fraternities on campus. They do not live together in the same house, but I witness them being together quite frequently. UH Manoa is not a good choice if Greek Life is a priority for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    UH Manoa has so many clubs ranging from language affiliated to hobby affiliated.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, Surfers, Party People, Slackers, Socialites, Beach lovers and people who want the all-around college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is karaoke night each semester with private rooms, a big competition, free food and prizes! There is also this beautiful Japanese garden that is great to just sit and relax. In addition, there is a Hawaiian School of Knowledge building with an actually Kalo (Taro) patch that is maintained by students and many other cultural murals and artifacts.

    Bang for the buck

    Housing and food is pricey, but I believe the tuition is low (for me in-state) compared to most other places.

    What to do for fun

    The campus flaunts a large academic complex of tennis courts, tracks, foot ball fields, basketball courts, a gym and a pool. Also, there are lots of beautiful places to see on campus like the Japanese garden or the Korean buildings. If campus gets old, all students have a bus pass that can take you around the entire island. UH Manoa is five minutes away from Waikiki by bus and not much further from anywhere else on the island.

    Food and Dining

    There are food chain place like Bale (Pho, Curry, Sandwiches), Subway, Jamba Juice, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Aja (bentos) on campus in addition to two cafeterias and a 7-eleven type store (minus the cigarettes and alcohol).

    Dorm Life

    Some conditions of the dorms are rather disgusting. If you are a clean freak, shoot for Frear Hall and avoid Wainani and Noelani. The freshman towers and Noelani get pretty loud so avoid these places if you're someone who needs a quiet study environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, academic rigor may very, but general classes and electives are manageable if you keep a consistent work schedule. Basically, you can pass even if you fool around all semester and only study for midterms and finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are someone who enjoys the well-rounded college experience, not just in it for the education, this is your school. At Manoa, you will enjoy the college experience while living in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa has a very vibrant campus life and is the perfect blend of college life and paradise. There is a highly diverse student body with almost every ethnicity represented. Most of the professors are very helpful, understanding and willing to assist you in any way possible to help you do well in your classes.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Use common sense.

    Greek Life

    None...well one...not sure what tho.

    Great for these types of students

    Relaxed, adventure types, outdoors, city. If you love Hawaii

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the East-West center. We also have many mini-festivals.. We have a few Buddhist temples...(they're academic study halls.)

    Bang for the buck

    Five stars if you are a resident, if not, come on, your studying in paradise!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach. Hike the mountains (UH is about a 5 minute drive from the beach and the mountains...not by. Go to the North shore. You can go downtown to the business district Go to Waikiki Head over to China Town! Nightlife is great all over Honolulu Pearl Harbor. If you get tired of the city, the country is only 20-30 minutes away...depending on traffic of course! Go to the Ala Moana Head over to a neighbor island..(Maui, Kauai, The Big Island...) So much to do, so little space to write it all.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of restaurants and dining options on campus and nearby. We have Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian, American, Greek, Indian, Coffee, Vegetarian...you name it. The food is high price, but that's because it is Hawaii.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, but I saw them...very dirty. But I do hear they are improving them. So maybe they will be 4 or 5 stars by the time you come!

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends of course. You can skate by with a B average, but who wants that?

    Tips for prospective students

    The beaches are going to lure you away from your classes...don't do it. The beach will always be there...study! Or better yet, study at a picnic table down by Waikiki beach.

    In three sentences

    It is the perfect stress free spot for continuing your studies. Beaches and wonderful hiking nearby. Faculty is ready to help you achieve what you need.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    almost none

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs around campus.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    Who doesn't love Hawaiian Food?

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Outside of the Business school, the curriculum is pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii offers a vast number of programs for undergraduates. With a laid back atmosphere and a lot of small classes, UH Manoa is a great University for people who are still trying to find themselves.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus is really safe, if I'm alone and walking to my dorm at night i can call campus security to come pick me up and drive me back to my room. I use this service often

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm in a club called SSS which stands for student support services. They provide us a place to use computers and print for free. they host events were as members we are invited. I love playing tennis its been something i've loved since high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On thursdays most students head to a bar near campus called Varsity. We also have movie nights at campus center were they sell 10 cents popcorn and 25 cents subway sandwich every other friday.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I enjoy going to the beach and playing tennis. I also love going out to a local store called the Health Bar and getting acai bowls.

    Food and Dining

    I have a kitchen in my dorm so i do a lot of cooking. Cooking allows me to save money since a meal plan is very expensive

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life. Sometimes it can be a pain but experiencing the dorm life is an important part of a college experience. I really enjoy it also makes meeting new people a lot easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Making time for your studies is very important. Some times procrastination can cause problem so i try to do my assignments a week before they're due.

    Tips for prospective students

    The one tips i would tell up coming students would be to always take at least 5 classes and don't be afraid to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii is a school where you can explore different things. They have many great programs that are offered. Not only does the school provide a great academic system but variety of people and their cultures.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The library actually holds quite a lot of fun books.

    Food and Dining

    The restaurants are better than cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    I was thankful with a great roommate but the rooms are comfortable. It all depends on your dorm environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are really hard while others can be fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your major that is the easiest way but if not at least your first year is all prerequisites to other classes.

    In three sentences

    A great education institute with a lot of research opportunities.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    The Greek life is not very rampant. The location of the University make it hard for the organizations to get started here. There are two Sororities and Fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The activities office has everything from camping gear to tennis rackets. Keeps the students busy. Clubs are very well organized and help the community,

    What to do for fun

    The thing to do for fun obviously consists of going to the beach. It costs nothing to view the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Surf, Hike, and snorkel playing tourist will always make any day fun.

    Food and Dining

    The seafood selection is the freshest possible. The food is extremely healthy food. The pineapples are extremely delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is relatively tame. Wild parties are not condoned which helps people study. The reconstruction of the dorms leave the students with beautiful dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The Bioengineering, Anthropology, andMarine Biology is second to none. The unique location keeps the students wanting more. All departments are just as on par.

    Tips for prospective students

    For the true laid back college atmosphere you always wanted come to Hawaii. The school will give you the confidence you need to get out in the real world. The unique classes always keep you guessing.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a school is much diversity unmatched by any other University in the nation. The campus has a exotic botanical garden unique only to Hawaii. The school is a all around complete and I am happy to be here

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always on-call security. If you do not feel comfortable walking from point A to point B, you can call for an escort and they will pick you up (in a car) and take you to wherever you need to go (within reasonable distance).

    Clubs and Activities

    Nightlife is more in Waikiki, which is good and bad. You should figure out a safe way to get there, but the clubs are pretty decent.

    Great for these types of students

    Business, Nursing, Environmental Studies, Biology/Marine Biology majoring students. Beach-goers, not too high maintenance people, and friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not really any that I am aware of-granted, I've only been here for a few months.

    Bang for the buck

    WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) is a great option, if you are able to qualify--basically cuts tuition in half. One downfall is, since it's an island in the middle of the ocean, going home to the mainland is a bit of an expense.

    What to do for fun

    Of course, the number one thing to do is go to the beach. There is also a mall close by. The bus system is great and your bus pass is part of your enrollment. There is also a lot to do in Waikiki at night. Shopping, bars, clubs, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Although the cost of a meal plan is out of my price range, the food available is good. There are two cafeterias (near the dorms) and they are both buffet style and serve tasty and healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I've only dormed one semester so far, but I've enjoyed it. The RA's are cool and it's a pretty lenient campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes require a lot of attention and work. Most classes you should at the very least go to for the lectures because it will help you on tests. Not too hard for the most part.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to attend classes, as hard as it may be knowing that you are so close to the beach. There is a lot of stuff to do on and off campus. The students and people on and off campus are friendly and helpful.

    In three sentences

    It is a very beautiful campus. The professors are pretty helpful as long as you ask them questions. There are a good variety of classes available and they are hard, but not unbearable.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Team sports, many clubs including anime and video game club or walk around down town Honolulu

    Food and Dining

    Starbucks, Jamba Juice and Subway at the campus center

    Dorm Life

    Bathrooms and internet provided

    Academic Rigor

    Great departments and great programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are accepted, make sure to check your MyUHPortal account as they will be notifying you via school email. If you have a main Gmail account, it is best to link the two emails together

    In three sentences

    It is a very prestigious school. The students have great optimism and they were very helpful when I partook in the campus tour. The environment for learning was just perfect and I am excited to attend.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, zoo, aquarium, shopping, all kinds of water activities, hikes, bike rides, fishing, waikiki has an exciting night life.

    Food and Dining

    They have subway, taco bell, and pizza hut on campus and the other dining areas are decent.

    Dorm Life

    It's very loud and constantly busy around the dorms. It can be hard to study or have quiet time around that area. Plus construction is going on at the moment so its even louder. The dorms aren't that nice for what your paying for them.

    Academic Rigor

    It has classes that are challenging and professors that are strict but it also has classes that are decent and teachers that aren't as intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be aware that their system of doing things is a little slower and relaxed in terms of getting things done promptly compared to other large universities.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus. It has a pretty good science program from what I've experienced. However, sometimes the financial issues and their organizations aren't always as prompt and efficient as I would hope.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very few incidents have happened.

    Great for these types of students

    You need to be focused, otherwise you will spend all day surfing or tanning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sometimes people hang hammock from the palm trees on campus and lounge, or climb a tree and hang out for a while.

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonably priced for a good education, especially if you're from the west coast and can use the WUE program.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of outdoor activities around, as well as movie theaters and malls. Movies are often player for everyone in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    Local food is served in the cafeteria often, but they have nights where they focus on a culture and do the food from there too. The food's not bad, but the portions are huge. Lots of diversity in other on campus dining, from food trucks to bento boxes. Lots of food available at a reasonable distance from campus too.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms themselves are reasonable and fairly soundproofed, which is good because there is sometimes loud music in the halls. Prices are basically you get what you pay for. The more expensive dorms are nicer, the cheaper ones are not.

    Academic Rigor

    It's never so difficult that you cannot get the work done, but you need to be willing to work if you want to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early, they fill up fast. And don't be surprised by the diversity on campus, there are many international students and you will hear all sorts of languages being spoken.

    In three sentences

    The teachers will challenge you, but they will be fair for the most part. The class sizes are reasonable and if you try, you can know your teachers well. Teachers are often available for office hours.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security at school is always letting you know of what is going on, very comforting.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm in Spanish club, I had a greta time working with the club!

    Great for these types of students

    Super mellow, enjoy the warm weather, like fast pace. Honolulu is always filled with tourists and the city itself is always moving!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual in what sense? It's a completely different culture than what I was raised around, but I enjoyed it!

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but I was able to receive the WUE.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Waikiki!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Manoa is delicious! There is variety, I didn't dread eating the food. The Campus Center had the best food for lunch, good prices and fresh food!

    Dorm Life

    I had the chance to live in Frear Hall, awesome! So much freedom,and it is in very good condition. All the dorms are relatively near each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely my psychology upper division courses are tough, but very enriching. Some of my upper division courses were easier than my Philosophy 111. Good luck!

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your time here, you get to study in paradise and meet great people and get a great feel for the culture!

    In three sentences

    It is defiantly a campus with a lot of diversity.I had the pleasure of meeting people all over the United States, along with the locals. Located near Waikiki, it is very easy to get to everything around the island.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Reserve Officer Training corps Samoan/Tongan club

    Great for these types of students

    If your willing to learn more about another culture its fun to join...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Samoan club..Fun club to join

    What to do for fun

    Explore the school, Hiking, joining Physical activity and out door work

    Dorm Life

    Currently staying off campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard

    In three sentences

    A socializing place to be. Good ares to study and a helpful staff.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Buffet style, always a salad line, burger, fries, pizza, fruits and soup. They change it up once in a while and the entrees are changed frequently. Every thursday there is premiere night, where they serve steak, or hawaiian plate, or chicken katsu. For lunches there are lunch wagons and central dining area, also taco bell and pizza hut.

    Dorm Life

    Meet a lot of people, if you put yourself out there. There are things to do, other things are close, in walking distances. If not, there is public transportation to take you places.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging, through my experience I had to teach myself a lot because professors will assume you have learned the material already. Although, other classes are opinionated and very interesting. Its all the classes you take and your interest level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try hard in your academics from your freshman year, don't get distracted with the college lifestyle.

    In three sentences

    I rate Manoa a 3 out of 5. It is a large school with many students. The ethnicities, style, people are very diverse.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go off campus for fun things to do as everything closes after a certain time.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm so I can't rate this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    It's a very botanically diverse campus. The campus is very homey and comfortable. The classes are a bit hard to get.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias always have something new going on. If you go to the UH Football games (Which you should! They're free), then an order of garlic fries is mandatory. Great stuff.

    Dorm Life

    I was only here for a few weeks or so, but only one dorm room is A/C. This is especially helpful for when there are hot days, but if you're a freshman staying anywhere else, then it might get a bit warm for you.

    Academic Rigor

    The UH System is fairly average when pit against other schools in the country, but you'll be sure to learn something afterwards. Be sure to use RateMyProfessor to see the specific behaviors of some teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to everyone, they're always willing to help you out. Hawaii is full of friendly folks, and you'd be missing out a lot if you didn't meet anybody!

    In three sentences

    A great college for any student wanting to stay at home. If you're coming in, you have access to many different programs and friendly professors/TAs. The location is perfect for wanting to do anything on campus, or on the island as well.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on campus. The university has a great system in place so if an event did occur students can get notified via email or even text. There is also a number you can call if you're on campus too late and need to be assisted on getting back to your dorm or to you're vehicle.

    Greek Life

    UH has a very small greek life. They're mostly associated with different schools of programs on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone! Promise!

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for students that enjoy being active, and also students that come for school, not necessarily sorority or fraternity life. Athletes would also have a blast here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not sure about traditions; however, there is a large assortment of interesting artwork in the heart of campus. Also, there is an even larger assortment of different plant species.

    Bang for the buck

    UH's tuition is actually very affordable for the most part.

    What to do for fun

    Going to the beach is always a blast. There is also several hiking, boating, scuba diving, and surfing clubs to get involved in. Almost everyone is very active on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is decent. The campus center food can be really good. All the food can cause you to gain excess weight so I take my own snacks mostly.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't dorm, but I hear a lot of great things. RAs are helpful and usually people are paired up nicely.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses can get challenging, but a quick study session with other students or with T.A.s and it can be easy to manage a decent grade or even an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always get to know your professor. Stop by during office hours and always stay interested in their subject. This shows you're dedicated to your academics.

    In three sentences

    The staff, from the professors to the ladies that work in our campus center, are excellent. I've never had a professor turn me away when I had an issue. The administration works slowly, so being patient in important here.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is relatively safe and is in a fairly good area.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of different clubs that you can participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking for something out of the ordinary. A whole new way of life for students from the Mainland.

    Bang for the buck

    UH is rather expensive if you're out-of-state. Especially if you're planning on eating out a lot or going out partying a lot.

    What to do for fun

    Well you're in Honolulu. If you can't find something to do here for fun, you won't find something to do no matter where you go.

    Food and Dining

    Great food all around the university, on and off campus. Really have to watch what you eat or you'll gain weight because everything is so delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is a great time here. If you like a quiet, calm housing experience, head for Gateway, Laulima, or Johnson. If you want to live where all the parties are, head for Frear or the apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are understanding and will work with you on problems you're encountering but you do have to come to class and study in order to be successful here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to UH if you are serious about your studies. Life here isn't just all surfing and pretty girls. You HAVE to go to class. You HAVE to study. Being in Hawai'i is a plus but it doesn't make college any easier.

    In three sentences

    UH is great for some things and not for others. If you can self-motivate, you will do well here. If you are expecting someone to walk you through everything, UH may not be a good choice.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always security guards around campus, along with students almost 24/7. Especially as the semester goes on, you'll find yourself amongst other people almost everywhere you go around campus.

    Greek Life

    Besides for one off-campus fraternity, there is no greek life (something I personally appreciate).

    Clubs and Activities

    While clubs are not a HUGE presence on campus, there are several prominent ones. As far as activities go, there is always a soccer tournament, free concert, movie night, or other event going on to attend on or around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're outgoing, adventurous, personable, and just love having a good time all around, you will fit into Hawaii and UHM perfectly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many food trucks situated around campus during the day that have amazing food for a good price. Along with this, there's a quaint Japanese-style stream and garden behind our East-West Center that is always quiet and in situated nicely in the shade.

    Bang for the buck

    Hawaii, admittedly, is an expensive place to live. But if you are in-state, or on the WUE, it is not much more expensive than other universities. And with so many free activities such as the beach and hikes and many college-student-friendly places to eat, you really do get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    Once again - it's Hawaii. You can never run out of things to see or do. Between surfing, hiking, sight seeing at Pearl Harbor or North Shore, laying on the beach, or simply seeing a movie, Oahu has it all. Every weekend is so full of fun activities that you need to remind yourself to study!

    Food and Dining

    It's Hawaii - there is amazing food everywhere you turn. But besides off campus, the campus itself boasts a Subway, Starbucks, Panda Express, L&L BBQ, Domino's Express, and many others, as well as local Hawaiian food and Asian cuisine. I never run out of options for lunch.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are improving every year. With remodels scheduled for the next several years, the dorms get nothing but better. Nice people and caring RA's make the transition easier, and being a 15 minute bus ride from the major mall, Waikiki, and anything else you might need isn't a bad deal either.

    Academic Rigor

    As with all schools, some classes may be harder than others. But all around, I found that despite the reputation that Hawaii has for being easy-going and laid back, some of my classes were quite challenging. I'm learning a lot... even when I take my books with me to the beach to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have ANY questions regarding any aspect of the school - call! Everybody is very friendly and willing to help you answer any questions you might have. The website is a good source of knowledge, but be sure to just give them a call if you're worried about anything.

    In three sentences

    Not only situated in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but also an all around great academic school. With friendly and helpful professors, students, and staff, UHM instantly welcomes you like long lost family. After switching schools multiple times, I found my perfect place - you should too.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out the clubs, do a sport or even hang out with friends. You can also swim or play tennis if you want too.

    Food and Dining

    Expensive, I wouldn't eat here often. Good for now and then. The foods good though.

    Dorm Life

    I heard that its expensive from a friend. Also it depends on the room mate as well...

    Academic Rigor

    Its hard, but as long as you keep your work and time balanced out, you will do good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check RateMyProfessors.com while choosing your classes. Also check the time and places of each class before signing up to it.

    In three sentences

    University of Hawaii in Manoa, is a big campus and you can get lost easily. The teachers here, are nice and like communicating with their students. The food here is expensive and can be hard to buy with a person who doesn't have much cash to spend.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always things going on on the weekends at Campus Center. And Waikiki is so close to campus. You can basically walk down and find something to do whenever you want.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different options for dining on campus. There are food trucks with things unique to Hawaii, as well as fast-food places and national chains. There are also the different cafeterias, which gives students even more food choices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and quiet during the week/weekends, so they make studying in quiet easy. However, it can be noisy outside in the courtyards at night sometimes. The dorms are so much more convenient to live in rather than commuting since you are living across the street from all the buildings. You only need to walk ten minutes, rather than try to fight the traffic on the highway every day on your way to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The class material is not difficult, but each class requires a lot of work. The teachers make everything easy to understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can, live on campus. You meet so many more people rather than if you were a commuter. Also make sure to join clubs to meet even more people.

    In three sentences

    The staff is so friendly and willing to help students. The students are all so nice and easy to get along with. There are so many different cultures blended together into one place, and everyone still gets along with one another.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I hear that University of Manoa is an excellent school in field studies. By my research, their education is good with a low cost. I would really love here to get a major in marine biology.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Your car is definitely safe. However, I recommend always walking with a friend or calling security to escort you at night. The roads are empty, but there are many hiding spots. Also, if you plan to dorm, get laptop locks.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is also large enough for students to exercise. The gym is always open for students with validated IDs. Starbucks has also opened on campus for the 2012 year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Hawaiian culture is active on campus. Hearing unusual chanting or people walking bare foot is a way of expressing the hawaiian culture.

    Bang for the buck

    To be honest, everything is expensive. If you have a meal plan, then eating shouldn't be a problem for you. You could also use your meals to buy your everyday essentials at the market.

    What to do for fun

    There are always things to do at campus center. The farmers market is active, local vendors are present, and movies are played every other night, too. With your paid bus pass, you could easily roam the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. The buffet style is perfect for students of all diets. However, the food could be upgraded. Thursday nights at Hale Aloha are the best. These nights are premium night. Go there every Thursday night.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life. My first week here was memorable. People are usually friendly to each other, but you will have those people who won't say anything to you. I recommend having a dorm while going to this school.

    Academic Rigor

    The academia at University Of Hawai'i at Manoa does push you to do a lot. You will learn how to do things professionally and at a fast paste, but you will have fun doing it. The level of difficulty depends on the professor. Always do a professor check.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be serious with school. Know your limits to your social life and education. If you are planning to dorm, then make friends with your floor mates. Make sure to follow your academic calendar. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Lastly, use all the opportunities of traveling safely and fast around campus.

    In three sentences

    Most of the staff work with an aloha spirit. Locals get along with mainland folks. The food could be better, but it's not bad either.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The shuttle service is pretty nice but there is only one at night because the crime can get bad night...not always though

    Greek Life

    lol what greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    The club fair was pathetic

    Great for these types of students

    - Like the beach (Waikiki probably) - Don't want to have to work super hard in school - Have a lot of money to spend on other stuff

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People smoke in these different spots, it's funny.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    I've lived in Hawaii my whole life and have never been so bored as when I am dorming at UH.

    Food and Dining

    Food is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice but it's extremely hard to make friends because UH doesn't put on any activities for freshmen to do, really.

    Academic Rigor

    Honors program is all I can advise.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't set your expectations too high. Let the experience be what it is. UH isn't a party school so manage your expectations when it comes to having instant friends.

    In three sentences

    If you want to get things done, you have to do it yourself. It probably wont be easy. Perhaps it will be worth it though.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do as activities. The campus alwasy host concerts on certain weekends. Also, the school have student activities for students to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food is great. There's a variety of fast food restaurants. The meals are always delicious in many ways. The dining is great. Everyday has it's own theme night.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is amazing. The diverse of people you meet will influence you within your behavior in life. It is possible to make friends on the first day, the hospitality is always accepting in Hawaii. There are no ignorant people as such. They're always fun activity to keep you busy and entertained.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic is certainly not overwhelming, however, if you choose to procrastinate then yes it will lead to failure. The learning environment is great, study sessions with friends is a great way to accomplish your task. Overall, anyone would be able to earn good grades with the effort they put into.

    Tips for prospective students

    First year students will be introduce into the Hawaiian culture and the traditional roles they live among. The hospitality is very respective and cared for. It is very easy to make friends especially if your an outgoing person.

    In three sentences

    University of Hawaii at Manoa is a great school to attend if you love spending time a the beach. It has a diverse of people from all around the world who travel for education and experience. I truly recommend this great school for others who seek into the a wide populated environment.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are phone booths with a blue light on it throughout campus, used to contact campus security if you're in danger/feel scared. campus security also does escort services if you feel you worried walking alone. there are also lots of fliers mentioning not to walk alone at night, walk with someone or with a group.

    Greek Life

    there are local, Hawaii only chapters that are not recognized nation wide, and chapters that are recognized nationwide. be sure you know which ones you're entering.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are lots of activities and clubs you can sign up for at the kinesiology and leisure office on the second floor above the gym.

    What to do for fun

    there are lots of events happening at Campus Center. There are also lots of fun things to sign up for at the Kinesiology Leisure office too!

    Food and Dining

    the cafe near frear is great. i think it's better than the one in the middle of the freshmen dorms. there are lots of dining options. there are food trucks near campus center (So Ono), there is Campus Center (Asian, Local, on-the-go snacks, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Subway) on the second floor, and pizza hut and taco bell on the first.. Near Watanabe hall there are vegan food trucks, middle eastern food truck, and an alternative to jamba that sells some nice baklava and curry. we also have india curry truck in front of Webster hall and next to Hamilton Library we have Paradise Cafe (breakfasts, bubble drinks, quiznos, local, asian) and outside Paradise facing the biomed building are some food trucks too.

    Dorm Life

    When I dormed, I dormed in Hale Lehua. I think everything is being reconstructed/remodeled now but it wasn't bad. There was an all girl's floor and an all boy's floor. It alternated. and the top floors were honors floors. there are shared rooms (two people) and single rooms. the bathrooms were pretty clean. Johnson dorm, however, was pretty disgusting..they renovated so it should be better. Frear hall is the best dorm, it is new and has AC. It has four units. So its like an apartment, there's one door, a short lobby, two sinks on each side, a shared bathroom and shower, but you have your own room/own door. its nice. you may/may not see your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    now they are offering ways for students to graduate on time (in four years) but they weren't this hands on when I was first accepted. There are lots of programs available for students as resources, so talk to a lot of people, make new friends, and find out about them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't settle for just one answer. If you ask someone something, don't just take that answer. Call/ask again at least three times. Most of the time students are working at desks and they don't know everything. They get it wrong A LOT of times so don't get screwed. Make sure you go see your counselor as much as you can to make sure you're taking the right classes. Don't forget there are PER-REQUISITES to a lot of classes.

    In three sentences

    When I first came to UH, I was not really informed, step-by-step what I have to do to graduate. You really are on your own and have to talk to a lot of people who got screwed to make sure you graduate on time and take the classes you need.

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You barely have problems here

    Greek Life

    There's not much sorority or fraternity life here

    Clubs and Activities

    The activities are ok

    Great for these types of students

    Beach lovers

    Tips for prospective students

    Most students wear slippers

    In three sentences

    University of Hawaii at Manoa has a diverse student body. The weather is perfect and the staff is friendly. There are many opportunities given the short amount of resources.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a bunch of outdoor things to do, such as go to the beach, drive around the island and take different stops, go hiking. Also there is a mall close by, movies, clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good but a little pricey. Everything here is a little more pricey than on the mainland (continental US). There are a bunch of fastfood and coffee places on campus to grab lunch that are convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I dormed at a separate dorm off campus, not related to UH. I've had friends in the dorms though. They say the dorms are very very small but have great views. The community of Manoa is very student friendly though. The Bus has great transporation and their are alot of activities on campus on the weekend for dormies.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes I would say are not too hard, but as long as you go to class you will be okay. Professors with smaller classes really like students with good attendance. If you do the assignments and go to class, usually you can pass easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are decided on your major from freshman year, you should see a counselor so they can tell you exactly how to get done in four years. Degrees tend to take a long time to get at UH because the number of credits they require for graduation.

    In three sentences

    UH at Manoa is a place where alot of students from all over the world come. Manoa is beautiful, the students are friendly and the staff tends to be liberal but are all very eager to help students achieve their goals.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food choices on campus. Some include, Starbucks coffee, subway, a cafeteria that serves plate lunches and even Thai food. The food is fairly priced, but seating seems limited. Especially during the lunch rush. It's overly crowded and I found myself having to sit of the grass to eat my meal several times.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms at this school but I've heard a lot of rumors of poor conditions. There are a lot of robberies but security is always available to walk you to your dorm late at night.

    Academic Rigor

    Because there are not many classes available, I did not rate the academics very high. However, the classes that are available have great teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do not fall behind. A lot of the classes are fast paced and requires you to make an extra effort to complete the work. Teachers here are always willing to help and can be reached easily through the school laulima site.

    In three sentences

    University of Hawaii at manoa is widely diverse. Also, the school has too many budget cuts that affect available classes. Lastly, the school has a friendly environment,

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This University is great for any type of student because the student population is just so diverse hobbies, personalities, and ethnicity wise. There is a group for everyone to hang out with and there are ample places to study that can help improve any student no matter what their intellectual level may be.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to the University of Hawaii at Manoa is worth every cent as your social and campus life with become part of your golden years. There is so much diversity here at the campus, from food to people there's a place for everyone here to enjoy. The free tutoring centers and the vast libraries with over 200 study areas for independent and group studies provide students more than enough help to ace their classes. The convenient malls, beaches, and restaurants nearby provide a fun-packed life outside of campus where there are plenty of places to hang out with friends.

    What to do for fun

    There are fun campus events held every week, mainly on Fridays that range from sports tournaments, movies, comedy shows, talent shows, etc. The biggest Mall on the island, Ala Moana is only a short 15 minute bus ride away and because of the school tuition fees, each student gets a free bus pass per semester, so the ride is free. There are also delicious restaurants nearby and Waikiki beaches are only 15 minutes away as well from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Dining on campus is very diverse where there is a wide range of cultures food wise. From Japanese to Chinese to American to Italian, to almost any major culture there is something here around campus anyone will like. There are multiple food trucks around campus with some of the best grinds there is and some of the best smoothies you will ever taste to boot (in another league from Jamba Juice).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be defined in two words, Controlled Partying. If you want to study then there are many places in the dorms, your room especially, where sound can be shut out from and its easy to relax and open the good old textbook. However, if you want to go out and have fun, dorm planners always host dorm events every fridays ranging from potlucks, movies, laser tag, instrumurals, etc. where its safe to party and fun all the same.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa is no walk in the park, but on the other hand its not a mine field either. There are many tough courses here at this university, but there are also many open opportunities where students can seek help in each and every course offered here at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that the academic rigor kind of balances out to be average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the University of Hawaii with an open mind. There are tons of clubs and groups within the school where its easy enough to make friends if one takes that step forward to be outside themselves with others, even if its only a little. The same goes with professors. The professors at the University of Hawaii at Manoa provide many, many opportunities for students to get help in their classes. School life, campus life, and your social life in general with be a blast here at the University of Hawaii at Manoa because there is just so much diversity and opportunities that anyone and everyone can be apart of.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a beautiful and diverse campus. The local Hawaiian greenery enveloping the university provides a tropical spice to the many facilities around campus that provide students ample and advanced learning centers that make university life fulfilling and worthwhile. With fun campus events jamming every week and a free transportation system where restaurants, malls, theatres, etc. are only minutes away, inside and out the University of Hawaii at Manoa enbodies the unique concept of school actually being fun.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have to be honest, Manoa does have some sexual harassment reports mostly every semester! I wouldn't really know the details but we ALL students do receive email alerts every time a report goes through just to keep us alert! Now that's a plus on their end!

    What to do for fun

    It is always a good idea to join a group or cause within' the campus. There are Christian clubs, sports, music clubs, and many other interesting groups. It is best to join a club where you will have a great time at, like a club where you can relax from school & work.

    Food and Dining

    One word, EXPENSIVE! For a local Hawai'i resident, the food at Manoa is expensive! The food is expensive but you will for sure have a large range of different varieties.

    Dorm Life

    I really don't know the dorm life YET but, I have heard that there are a lot of parties going on during the weekends!

    Academic Rigor

    There are many majors and services you could find at Manoa. All counselors & all service giving workers are very open & understanding to any situation. There is never a time where you would encounter someone not knowing what their Department is. =]

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to open up. Manoa has a lot of students but a diversity of them! Just know how to make new friends or just meet new acquaintances!

    In three sentences

    Manoa is a very fast paste University. All you see is students walking like no one else is going to class. All in all, you get to meet some Awesome & very Cool people!

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I adored the new online application! It was very easy and straight forward.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been a few occurrences, but the school is very good about letting people know exactly what happened and where it happened, and what became of the situation. They also offer 24 hour campus security escorts.

    Great for these types of students

    Very independent students.

    Bang for the buck

    You probably get a better bang for the buck when you're an instate student, but as an out of state student, it's not worth it unless you're in one of their best programs, like language or marine biology. With all the money you pay to attend school there, they should have a better online systems, but it seems like they dedicated maybe a week to developing their online systems. I've attended community colleges with a better handle on their online systems. This is my only major problem with the school.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the beach? I wish I knew!

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend your preferred classes for a week and decide if you want to be in them then. If it doesn't feel completely right, don't hesitate to try and switch. They are great about letting you switch into other classes that match you better, but it's much easier in the beginning of the semester.

    In three sentences

    Their organization skills aren't the best. It takes much more effort than it should to find and register for classes. It's Hawaii, so things are a bit slow, but other than those things, it's a great school with some amazing teachers.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The university holds several events on campus to bring up school spirit. Every other weekend, the local football team plays at Aloha Stadium with free admission to students as well as free transportation from the dorms. Partying is strictly not allowed on campus, but many bring fellow roommates down to Waikiki and party at clubs such as Rumors, Zanzabar, and more.

    Food and Dining

    I am warning you now: do NOT purchase food on campus unless you come from a wealthy family. Food and dining costs are already extremely high here in Hawaii due to products requiring to be shipped here to the island. I don't know what the reason is, but the same things you can buy just blocks from the university cost at least 125% more inside the university itself. For example, a (plain) burrito inside Taco Bell costs about $3.00, while it's only about $1.29 at any other Taco Bell on the island. To remedy this, I just purchase home lunch and bring it to school. There is a microwave at the Shidler College of Business building and seats are readily available nearby.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I don't dorm, so I can't really explain this part of the school. However, by noticing the closeness of people who dorm, I believe the dorm community is very close since you really get to know who your neighbors who generally have time to get to meet new people and have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is almost parallel to most state universities out there. Towards the level of difficulty, since most professors also teach a graduate-level class in addition to their undergraduate courses, classes are much harder than their equivalent courses a nearby community colleges. However, help is always there if you need it, and the College of Arts and Sciences has created an Emporium just for assistance with notoriously difficult science courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the University of Hawaii at Manoa prepared on what you want to study; otherwise, it'll take more than four years to graduate. Expect to be treated as an adult, as you are in the hands of your own education. However, there are advisers and other excellent sources of help planning your academic track if you need it. Also, a great thing about UH Manoa is that there are Graduate Teaching Assistants who are generally easier to approach to than professors if you need assistance with homework and lecture topics.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a great university to help you reach that next step into the real world. There is a very wide variety of programs that will allow you to work in virtually any field, Although you're required to keep track of your own progress, they're preparing you for the real world by doing so.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is alright but not perfect, of course. There are a bit of assaults and robberies, but I wouldn't say campus is unsafe. It's all a matter of using common sense and taking precautionary actions in order to affirm your safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's always something going on on campus. Whether it's club activities or events put on by the school, there's always something to spend some spare time doing. And the best part is that they're free!

    What to do for fun

    Since the beach and the city is literally a 5 minute bus ride away, that's always a great option to get off campus. Not only that, but being located on Oahu, there are a lot of options for fun like hiking, surfing, exploring the island, going out to dance, and also going on tours.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the cafeteria is good and has quite a bit of variety, but not as much as one would hope. There are other places one campus with really good food, but those are usually the ones you have to pay with cash as opposed to using your meal swipes.

    Dorm Life

    Although it's convenient to live on campus, it can get very troublesome having to deal with floor-mates. It's inconvenient not having your own bathroom and it's very annoying having one kitchen for an entire 12-floor dorm tower.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are amazing and full of perspective. The teachers are interesting and make the subjects fun to learn. They can be difficult but it's all a matter of putting in an effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a vegan who plans to attend UHM then I recommend you come prepared with the idea that there will not be a lot of variety for you. Also, if you want to live in the dorms then be ready to deal with rowdy neighbors. Other than that, there are no 'buts' I would give this school.

    In three sentences

    UHM is culturally rich school that gives a broader perspective of the world. It's easy to feel at home and to feel as though you're part of something greater. The faculty really knows how to help get on track with your school work as long as you're willing to ask for help.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The office of student affairs always have special events prepared ranging from movie nights to free food.

    Food and Dining

    Food is superb. You always have a variety of foods to choose from. Foods from different cultures such as Greek, Asian (sushi, noodles, panda express), Italian (pizzas, pastas), Indian (curry), and many more is available. You also have your fast food joints such as subway, pizzahut, and taco bell around.

    Dorm Life

    According to what I hear, dorm life is peaceful and calm. Just don't be wandering around the campus at midnight and you'll be fine.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but fun. You will enjoy the atmosphere. There are a variety of professors/teachers and different teaching styles.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Talk to the advisers/counselors to get a bigger picture of any requirements/recommendations pertaining to your course - Go to any orientations that you are interested in - Do not be afraid to ask questions - Seek help at the Queen Lili�»uokalani Center for Student Services

    In three sentences

    University of Hawaii at Manoa is a special place where different cultures collide to participate in the learning atmosphere. In the university, you will experience the cultural variety of different students from different places around the world. Academically, you will learn to give your best and succeed in your efforts in whatever course you take.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is pretty good, because there is campus security who are available to drive students to places when they are out late etc. Also, when incidents do occur, emails are sent to the students to warn them of what has happened.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities, since it is a big school.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs and different outings put on by the school, as well as athletic events to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The campus center has some pretty good choices and selections for food, but the cafeteria rotates the schedule of food and most of the time it isn't really good. Many nights I just eat grilled cheese, because it's the only appealing thing.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very good. I enjoy dorming, because it is freedom away from home. Yet, many people like to party and can be quite inconsiderate to others. That's why I suggest choosing a dorm that is right for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes are very challenging, while others are easier to get by without much work. If one takes the right classes to satisfy requirements for General Education and their education, then the classes will be both fun and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest looking up different prices for books or waiting until the first day of class to see whether or not the professor actually requires the book, because books are expensive.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa is an ideal school for many of the students who attend. Many students come here because it is in Hawaii, and they've always wanted to experience paradise. Overall, it is a good school with many majors to choose from and opportunities to experience.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have phone booths that immediately contact campus security for safety concerns.

    Greek Life

    As mentioned before, we offer fraternities for students of all ages.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to participate in such as fraternities, and clubs specific to your major.

    Great for these types of students

    Our school has our own law school and business school as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Somewhat hidden in our campus is a Zen garden, where students can go to just relax in nature.

    Bang for the buck

    UH offers a gym, two libraries, free bus pass, and U-pass (for sporting events) to the students.

    What to do for fun

    The school hosts events at random, and newsletters are provided with the information through email. Events such as concerts, poker nights, movie nights, etc. help keep us in tact with our social lives during such stressful times.

    Food and Dining

    The UH campus provides various food vendors mainly in two locations, the Campus Center and Paradise Palms. However, there are other many vendors around the campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    As I have mentioned before, I am unable to dorm because of financial deficits, but my friends seem to enjoy it very much.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics in school are rather rigorous, but they are not too strenuous to a point where it is not manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to dorm, because it is an opportunity that I couldn't take because of the financial burden, however I have many friends who were privileged to be able to do so and are having a great experience.

    In three sentences

    I think that it is an excellent school for education. There are various degrees to choose from, and the professors are very knowledgeable in their particular area of study. The school also provides a lot of fun events for students who are not able to pay for outside expenses for activities.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is great! A call to the security office will get you a security officer who will walk with you to your car, to the bus stop, or back to your dorm.

    Bang for the buck

    Movies nights are great if you're looking for free entertainment or a way to sit back, relax and forget about studying for a moment. The subway sandwich, drink or cookie is a more than just a bargain--it's a steal for 25 cents!

    Food and Dining

    UH-Manoa offers a variety of foods on campus. If you don't find them kosher to your palate, there are fine eateries within walking distance from the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I think assessments reveal that faculty has promoted students�¢���� growth in knowledge of the various disciplines which clearly reflects a full range of academic achievements.

    Tips for prospective students

    UH-Manoa is a melting pot of various local and international cultures. Embrace them all!

    In three sentences

    UH-Manoa is a great school. It is easily accessible by bus, convenient, affordable and offers a variety of classes and/or majors taught by highly trained, qualified and professional instructors.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, volunteer at the Hawaiian Studies building, go on a hike with friends, catch the bus to Ala Moana Shopping center, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Not the greatest but healthy meal options are available at all campus dining facilities.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in the dorms has a great time getting to know each other. Most of the dorms are very nice and new while some are rather old. Although it is expensive, it is worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    It really just depends on the classes that you choose to take. Some professors I have had were so knowledgeable and required a lot of effort from their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best way to enjoy the University of Hawaii is to dorm and do as many extracurricular activites as possible.

    In three sentences

    A relaxed, yet resilient college focused on getting today's youth out into the world. A beautiful place, where the people are just as nice as the weather. A growing college that will only get better with time.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you can apply for the WUE, that could help a lot with tuition!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach! Get involved in clubs! Explore the rest of Hawaii! And definitely make new friends!!!

    Food and Dining

    Seems alright, better than other schools could be

    Dorm Life

    I have not read much on the Dorm life yet, but being next to the ocean.. I wouldn't mind if my dorm was not that amazing.. Except, I think it was for this school; that you do not get surveyed about your personality, so they put you with people who are like you. Instead, you are stuck with whoever, and you can only hope that you two get along! *again, this is not from experience, only what I have heard*

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not sure yet.. It seems like biology is a main focus there, and not a lot of other subjects are very good.. (just from what I have heard)

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to travel on plane to get to and from home.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa seems like a very diverse school with quite a bit to offer. I have never been there, but I am looking into it.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Constant emails about girls getting harassed.

    Greek Life

    None

    What to do for fun

    The beach, that is all.

    Food and Dining

    The food is prepared by a company called Sodexo and the food is awful. It's not healthy and it doesn't taste good. The only good thing they have is pizza. My friend found a hair in her soup. My other friend found a fly in her cup. Real classy stuff Sodexo.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are awful. 12 floors per tower, 1 kitchen per tower, 8 washers and dryers to cater to all 12 floors. The courtyard can get loud at night so good luck sleeping on the lower floors.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't that hard, but chemistry is pretty difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the school before you make the decision to come here. Moving to Hawaii is a huge commitment for a mainlander. It's not a short drive home.

    In three sentences

    I came to this school hoping to enjoy my college years in a warm tropical environment, never have I been so wrong. People are friendly, but I still feel unhappy and don't enjoy my time here at all. I feel like I'm trapped here and have not enjoyed my first year here at all.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always around and they have free escort services, but sometimes things still happen on campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is basically nonexistent here.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to get away and have fun, but who still want to get a good education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have this concert called the Aloha Bash at the end of the school year and many reggae bands come out and have a concert. It is a lot of fun and most students try to go to it.

    Bang for the buck

    Food is more expensive in Hawaii, so make sure you can even afford the living costs of the island life.

    What to do for fun

    GO BEACH!!!!!

    Food and Dining

    The only good food that the cafeterias do good is hawaiian food other than that, it is very bland and gives you stomach aches.

    Dorm Life

    There are pretty much 2 different areas for dorming. There is upper campus which is where all the transfer, foreign, and very studious kids house. Then there is lower campus which is where the very sociable students go. Lower campus is where everyone goes to hangout and see their peers.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes that are very hard such as the chemistry and math classes, but other than that most of the other classes are of a normal caliber.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really research the major you are interested in and the programs that are offered to make sure that UH is the best choice for you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii is a very relaxed school; the professors wear aloha shirts and slippers and are very understandable about missing classes. It is a semester system so it is very easy to think you don't have to do work right away, but then you will quickly find yourself behind. Lastly, most of the students are very nice and respectful of each other and there are a lot of asians.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    unaware.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a tree by Hamilton Library that smells awful.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say it's great. I'm currently paying graduate tuition for undergraduate courses.

    What to do for fun

    It's Hawaii! Surf!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep on top of your studies because the laid-back atmosphere makes it easy to just slack.

    In three sentences

    This is a great university and very convenient for commuters. The classes are challenging, but the student body is a little lazy. Professors here are amazing.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe. campus security is on point!

    Great for these types of students

    adventurous open to new experiences

    What to do for fun

    -beaches everywhere -movies -shopping -hiking -skateboarding'

    Dorm Life

    SO FUNNN!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for something different!

    In three sentences

    Attending UHM will be the best experience you will ever have. The Hawaiian culture is very prominent here. The campus is filled with diversity!

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always on call 24/7 and there are emergency call boxes located around campus. Also there is campus security escort service that will pick you up and drive you anywhere on campus after dark so you do not have to walk.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not in any myself because I am too busy, but I hear there are a ton of different clubs and the university holds a lot of extra events and activities free.

    Bang for the buck

    I am a Hawaii resident so my tuition is significantly cheaper than non-residents.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking and beach! Their are some beautiful hikes and beaches pretty close to campus. Koko head is a killer hike for example.

    Food and Dining

    Was ok last year (2012) but has gotten worse this year (2013)

    Dorm Life

    I personally don't like dorming, however, if you are not a freshman then be sure to dorm in the apartment complexes, they have a kitchen and living room and it makes the experience WAY better, rather than living in a cramped uncomfortable single room.

    Tips for prospective students

    When registering for classes, be sure to take course that you are interested in but that will also give you general education credit so you can be sure to graduate on time.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a fantastic school that provides a wide range of academic and extracurricular options and is located on a beautiful and welcoming campus.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. Hawaii is the melting pot, therefore so is University of Hawaii.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's Hawaii, to a new-bie everything is unusual! But since I grew up in Hawaii I think the traditions of UH Manoa is pretty interesting and very culturally accurate.

    Bang for the buck

    As a in-state student I still pay a lot.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking!

    Food and Dining

    Great food choices, EVERYWHERE!

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm but if given the chance I would probably try and get into the graduate apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but it's not hard to pass after not going to class or attending midterm/final reviews. Sometimes professors aren't hard enough on their students to keep them motivated or at least scared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for rain even if the sun is shinning and it feels like it's 100 degrees outside. There is ALWAYS a chance for rain in M

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus when their isn't construction. Great places to eat. Bus is very convenient.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Shopping & beach nearby!

    Food and Dining

    Not very healthy, some variety. We're in hawaii! much diverse foods.

    Dorm Life

    Not completely new dorms, seniority, roommate survey, near cafeteria.

    Academic Rigor

    honors program, application only. variety of teachers, many have PhD.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great Volleyball programs, students get to go to games for free. Libraries open 24/7. Dorms close to campus. Slightly sketchy at night. Secruity service at night, though.

    In three sentences

    pretty diverse school with sports, academics, and many oppurtunities.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been cases of girls being raped and harassed on campus. A lot of these cases take place at night, on the weekends, or these girls are by themselves. I feel that if you travel in pairs or simply try not to put yourself in positions were you could be a possible victim you are safe. The main thing is just to make smart choices.

    Greek Life

    Right up the road there is the Fat Greek. This is a eating place and the food is super good. It's a little pricey but it is worth it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many activities and clubs on campus. Every now and then these clubs and activities will set up booths at campus center to inform students about what they do.

    Great for these types of students

    This school would be great for students who are in no rush. Although the campus is in the city it is nothing compared to the mainland cities. Everything is really laid.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a pond up east west road across of Kennedy theater. This place is very relaxing. Another place would be Sinclair library. This library is open late and you are able to take in food and drinks inside.

    Bang for the buck

    I am not familiar with bang for the buck. I do not know what this is.

    What to do for fun

    Walking the strip in Waikiki is a good experience. There are many entertainers along the sidewalks. The mall is down the road. There are also lots of nice beach spots and hiking trails as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different eating places on campus. I am so thankful that we many options. If you ever get tired of the cafeteria food you could go up campus and change up your meal with taco bell, starbucks, jamba juice or even bale.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is a good experience. Living on such a diverse island you meet many different people from all over the world. The dorm rooms are nothing fancy but it is livable and a good environment.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very nice. Some may give you a hard time but most of the professors want to see you learn and pass their classes. If you ever have a question about something during their lecture you can feel free to ask them and they will more than likely be able to give you an answer.

    Tips for prospective students

    The main thing is to keep on top of your studies. College molds you into become more independent. The deadlines for papers and test are given to you in a syllaby at the beginning of that semester. That leaves what your grade for that class turns out to be at the end of the semester in your hands. You would just need to manage your time wisely and get your priorities straight.

    In three sentences

    The professors interact with there students. They understand that in big lectures it is hard to grasp what is being taught. They are easy to get in contact with and they will meet with you during their office hours if you have any questions. Professors will also inform students of tutoring opportunities if they are struggling with the work for that class. The atmosphere on campus is very laid back and relaxing and there is a lot of aloha spirit.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In emergency, situations emails are sent to students, so that they are aware of the situation. Also, all clear messages are sent.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus has a variety of activities and clubs to join . They have activities from sports to being in fashion shows.

    Great for these types of students

    The online classes are great for students that have a busy schedule outside of school. Also, for students who do not want to sit in traffic every day on their way to school.

    What to do for fun

    The campus holds free concerts for students to attend, and fun special activities through out the month. There are also free movie nights once a month.

    Food and Dining

    I have visited the UH campus to meet my professor in person. The food is great and there are a variety of different places to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    There are many assignments that help you learn the content. The professor includes some supplemental materials for the student to view, but it is up to the student to keep up with the reading.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips I have are don't be afraid to take the online classes. They are structures similar to in the classroom, but it is at your own pace.

    In three sentences

    I am currently taking online courses with University of Hawaii. I enjoy taking the online courses because it gives me time to work while I am working toward my degree. The classes are online, but we meet about once a month on a Skype like program, which makes it easier to talk to and get to know the professor.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are tons of different food places to eat at on campus, which is great. There are also tons of restaurants near the University and are easy to get too/easy on your wallet.

    Dorm Life

    The renovated dorms are pretty nice, but the on campus apartments are really old and gross. There are occasionally activities for dorming students to participate in, but not that often.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the courses that you take and the major you decide to declare. Obviously, sociology/psychology courses are going to be easy compared to an engineering program's requirements. It all really depends on what you take.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They offer escorts at night if you need to go places on campus. Thats about it.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is nonexistent. There are some Greek things but its not a big deal here. No one cares about them.

    What to do for fun

    go to the beach drink

    Food and Dining

    The food sucks at times. You go in the caf, look around and it sucks. There's good food at Campus Center and around campus. Anywhere but at the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms are good. Just bring a fan because it can get hot. And the cafeteria food sucks sometimes too.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers sometimes don't help but only are willing to if you ask. It's best to take a class with a friend or know someone because it can suck sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    15 credits per semester, maybe more sometimes. It's hard but gotta do it if you want to grad in 4 years.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus that is surrounded by the mountains, ocean, and sun. The student body is nice and friendly to everyone and the professors are helpful when asked. It is also easy to get in to and you can learn some stuff.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, or join a club. There is also a place to rent outdoor gear, like Kayaks, surfboards, and bikes.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few restaurants and a food court, so the is variety. We have a Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and other local food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are expensive

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging, but for the most part the classes are average.

    In three sentences

    The school is a good liberal arts college, where you can meet people from all over the world, and learn about the rich culture of Hawaii. This school is especially good for those interested in marine biology.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's an escort service from sundown to sunrise. There are some dangerous spots on campus, but just be careful and you'll be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    International clubs and religious clubs are huge at Manoa. From Bollywood dance nights to Islamic Society, from biology club to pre-med association, you'll always find something to do. The campus board is very big on having free activities, like movie nights or campfires.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to learn about completely new things, visit this school.

    Bang for the buck

    For local students, this is worth it. It's earned the reputation of a fallback school for those who can't visit the Mainland, but this is actually untrue. There are good opportunities to excel. For other students, this is a good school to exchange to, and for international students, you'll always have plenty of friends.

    What to do for fun

    Surf in January...talk with all the international students...go to free movie nights...stop at the crepe stand with a friend-there are so many different opportunities to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are good restaurants on campus that meal points are redeemable at, so buy there if not in the mood for the far-away cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    There are dorms so quiet that you'd think everyone was studying, and there are apartments that can have raucous parties.

    Academic Rigor

    Some departments are better than others. Professors are generally good and lay out expectations clearly, but we rely on ratemyprofessor.

    Tips for prospective students

    No essay on the application.

    In three sentences

    We've got it all: sun and surf, unique plants and animals, and an incredibly diverse group of people. Where else can you check out a trip to the island of volcanoes, get ready for sailing club, learn about native plants, and study bioengineering...in January in a T-shirt?

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Campus always have a lot of things going on movies, parties, beach trips, museum trips, hiking and so much more, whatever you want they offer.

    Food and Dining

    The market and campus center are the best, they have things that college students would want to eat and a very wide variety. Plus they are in places that a lot of people hang out so its perfect.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed my dorm because I was always in the newly renovated ones so they were always new so I couldn't complain.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you work hard and show effort, professors will respect that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a great experience and just be open-minded. I was shocked at all the different types of foods and different names that they had for things. Not all things were to my liking but just stay open-minded and you will enjoy it.

    In three sentences

    It's a great university and a chance to meet a lot of new people. I love it because the people are very nice and welcoming. I was welcomed to their Ohana(family) right away.

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Make sure you have the number for campus security on speed dial when you are spending the night in Sinclair library and need a way to get back to your dorm. Over all though I never feel afraid or threatened at UHM.

    Greek Life

    There are two sororities and two fraternities and they kind of suck.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs I can't even name them all. I strongly suggest joining one first semester. There are clubs for a bunch of different interests and you meet new friends that way too, so definitely check them out.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is relatively cheap for instate students and out-of-state students. The education you receive is good but not for me. I wanted to go into linguistics but the linguistics program just started up so there isn't much for me to learn so I am thinking of transferring.

    What to do for fun

    Of course go to all the touristy spots at first, sure it may seem lame but they are easier to get to. Always participate in the events your RA might be holding. Hiking is great here and try surfing when you get here. UHM is in a really good area, right smack dab in the middle of honolulu so getting places is a breeze. Also students with a validated ID can go to sports events for FREE.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good here. There are many different places to eat; If your craving it, you can probably find it somewhere on campus. The perk to having a meal plan is that you can use that source of currency instead of cash. Places in campus center are usually cheaper than the actual restaurant you would find the food from. The starbucks line is crazy long but what starbucks line isn't? But make sure to budget your money because eating at palms cafe everyday or campus center everyday can really add up. Take advantage of the fact that there is an all you can eat cafeteria near the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, especially freshman year. I think it might be the fact that everyone is in the same boat as you are so you are more likely to make new friends instantly. The RA's are the gurus for everything, if you ever need something, your RA should be the first person you ask. The location is really convenient because the bus stop is right outside the dorms and there is a cafeteria downstairs. There are parties occasionally but most of the time it is really quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your teacher your classes could be difficult or easy. Most of the time its up to you if you want to make it easier or harder on yourself. Most of the teachers I have had push me really hard to be great, heck one of my teachers gave me a stern talking-to because I got a B on my paper. But when you ask questions, talk to your teachers, actually attend class and participate in tutoring there is no way you won't get good grades, like I said before UHM will be as difficult as you want to make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on your game and always schedule meetings with your academic adviser. They will give you a play by play on how to succeed here. Take advantage of all the services they can provide.

    In three sentences

    UHM is a good school and you can get a decent education. The environment in which you learn is very close knit and you can be sure your teachers want you to excel. Being a resident of Hawaii, I can say we are far behind in education which is why professors and advisors push us even harder because they want us to make names for ourselves and be able to succeed in places other than hawaii, they don't want us to be good according to hawaii standards they want us to be excellent everywhere.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Students are able to purchase a meal plan or cook their own meal in the dorm kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    Students interact and participate in safe dorm activities to meet new people and be involved around the university.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors and students take their educational experience very seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Offers a wide variety of courses and activities for students to engage with their major.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a school of diversity. The school offers a wide variety of courses to satisfy the requirements for the major of a student. Also it is a safe environment to learn.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The need for security here is over exaggerated, nobody is getting hurt, and a vast majority of thefts are from classrooms left open by faculty or staff. Just don't be stupid and inattentive.

    Greek Life

    There's a few

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of student clubs to distract you from your studies, or Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki beach are 2-3 miles away.

    Great for these types of students

    The rich, or those who do nothing but study.

    Bang for the buck

    Nope

    What to do for fun

    Its college, don't ask that question.

    Food and Dining

    During Fall/Spring, both Crapeterias are open. during Summer only Hale Aloha(I hope you liked the food in middle school) is open. Between semesters, find your own food. Safeway and Foodland aren't far, but many of the dorm kitchens here are broken or cockroach infested, ESPECIALLY THE APARTMENTS.

    Dorm Life

    expect stuff to disappear, and drinking to happen, thats dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely rigorous, little to no help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to hate being alive

    In three sentences

    Don't come here unless you have lots of money or guaranteed housing, and not by student housing services. They're pretty good at evicting people a month into the semester, with 3 days notice, and 2 days to recognize that payments have been made.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is not very safe... I am very sad to say this, but rapes, sexual assaults, muggings, and burglaries are more common than they should be... You'll get a UH Alert about someone getting mugged/sexually assaulted at least once a week at times lmao.

    Greek Life

    nonexistent (although on occassion they will throw some good parties.). It's a shame too because I had heard that UHM had some amazing frat parties before the school started cracking down on them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of great clubs on campus! Get involved, or you'll go crazy when you realize how little there is to do on campus besides getting high/drunk haha.

    Great for these types of students

    You are a low achiever... JK xD.... but seriously, this school has one of the worst retention rates for a reason (<50% of students actually graduate). Be careful that you do not become one of these statistics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Visit the Hawaiian Studies center and the East-West Garden. There is a Taro farm and it is awesome! The East-West garden is very romantic and a great place to get to know someone ;). (I have had some of my funnest escapades on that lawn hahaha.)

    Bang for the buck

    All I can say is that you get what you pay for. It is pretty reasonably priced though.

    What to do for fun

    Unfortunately, not much on campus. You could go clubbing in Waikiki, but beware it's pretty trashy. BUT!!! if you get out of Honolulu, the rest of the island is quite beautiful. If you're a marine biologist, you must visit the sea lab in Kaneohe. They have some incredible sharks and other marine life. Of course, going to the beach is awesome. Eat lots of sea food! Seriously, I know it looks weird, but you must taste an authentic poke bowl. It will change your life!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty bad, except on Thursdays, when they have premium night. I didn't really care though because as soon as I got an apartment on campus with a kitchen and shower, I cooked my own meals. Trust me, if you want to stay healthy and not die early, cook your own food, or avoid any of the meat and GMO foods in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    This is honestly the worst part about this school. It has ZERO social life. I can say this because I lived on campus for two years, and very rarely was there ever anything worth going to. This was very hard for me to grasp when I first arrived in Hawaii, because I am a very sociable person. The Greek life is nonexistent, people are rarely sociable, and worst of all, on the weekends, there is literally nothing to do on campus besides get high or drunk. Also, the guy-to-girl ratio is pretty awful. Most parties will consist of 5-10 guys congregating in a sweaty room around 1 girl. Conversely, this could be a benefit if you are a girl, since guys here are pretty desperate for women haha. If you want to do anything fun, pray that you meet someone with a car so you can get the f*** off campus on the weekends. Also, most (but certainly not all) people I met in the dorms were very materialistic, shallow, and narrow-minded (although I could rant about this for hours, I will save you the trouble). This was honestly the dealbreaker and the reason why I transferred back to California. (I got into University of Southern California and UC Santa Cruz, currently attending UCSC and it is a much better fit for me... lots of genuine, real people who enjoy partying and nature.)

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are ridiculously easy if you show up and put forth an honest effort. Math, science, and engineering classes are usually a little more difficult. It really depends on how many units you take. I took between 13-16 when I went there.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not majoring in marine biology, international business, astronomy, physics, or some kind of physical or biological science, you should really look at other options. I say this not because I don't like Hawaii, but to save you the frustration and disappointment when you realize how much this school falls short in many areas, not only academics. Also, contrary to what people may tell you, rarely will people single you out for being a haole (I'm as white as it gets and I never had a problem with natives, except for a few jerks, but that wasn't because of my skin color). Ironically, the most racist people here are the whites and Japanese. The Kanakas (Hawaiian people) can be intimidating at first, but you must come with an open mind and an open heart... I would be critical of most whites too if a bunch of American imperialists and rober barons came and raped my country and forced my people into poverty. You'll learn this side of Hawaii's history (and Malama 'Aina) if you move here and take Hawaiian Studies. It will truly open your eyes to the atrocities that are committed by the USA against these gentle people.

    In three sentences

    This school has pros and (unfortunately) many cons. first, the good: this is a great place if you love the ocean. Also, the science departments are very good here, and (besides Honolulu, which resembles a ghetto in Los Angeles) the island is very beautiful.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to try something new.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of the locals speak something called HCE (Hawaii Creole English). There are a lot of unusual traditions when you're from a different place other than the Hawaiian islands.

    Bang for the buck

    It's Hawaii, but living in such a beauty does pay a very high price.

    What to do for fun

    Swimming at the beach, enjoying their gym.

    Food and Dining

    Great asian food.

    Dorm Life

    Unable to assess.

    Academic Rigor

    Really great, you learn a lot. Architecture is a lot of fun, they really try to take the island to its advantage.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to this campus expecting an easy life of surfing. Take the multi-cultural land to your advantage. Don't come here if you're racist either.

    In three sentences

    UH Manoa has a lot of opportunities in student life. I wish that they were cheaper on the parking. Although I wish parking was cheaper, I also wish they had more parking.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty quick to alert the students of inposing threats although at night the lighting isn't much good and unfortunately the school is in the valley area and has a main road running along side it and between the two campuses, but security is always willing to help you get about and take you home to your dorm. They did an excellent job helping me find my friend.

    Greek Life

    There is a small greek life. They are not extravagant like the ones in movies or at mainland universities. i've only seen one Frat house but here that there is several others and some sororities but not many.

    What to do for fun

    Well you are living on the most talked about island in Hawaii. Waikiki beach, Ala Moana beach park, Ala Moana Mall, and the Waikiki strip are all near the school. The beaches and malls are easy to access either by car or by bus, I wouldn't suggest walking it is quite a walk but easier to the beach that from (the walk back is all up hill). The Bus (the name of the bus company) provides transportation for most students and to every part of the island. It can take a while to get to some places because of such traffic but it is still better and cheaper that getting a taxi. Other popular places to catch the bus to are North Shore (surfer spot), Waimanalo (beautiful beaches) and Kailua. Other school related fun include the school games. They pride themselves with their Women's Volleyball and Football. These are major deals for the school and the only games I have ever been to. The school sometimes host concerts and the school activities board have movie nights and proms and winterballs and often a few mixers here and there. For the education savvy, there are many workshops offered and many speakers who speak at the school. As well as plays on campus. The benifits are you live in a city with bars and clubs and often times broadway musicals or concerts. It really is a happening environment to go to college and easy to get carried away.

    Food and Dining

    It's like any old cafeteria, food almost the same everyday. But I can say there is a great variety in different parts and restaurants around the school. There is a Balle there which serves the Thai food and also is home to the on campus bar. There is a little courtyard where there are little food joints (I've never eaten there but I hear it is pretty good). At the campus center there is a small Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (it is always crowded there). Upstairs there is Subway, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean and the dinning hall restaurant. There at the dinning hall there is a mix between local cuisines, mexican, japanese, chinese, vegetarian, sometimes seafood (mostly sushi) and a grill. That is by far the best place to eat. But the best bang for your buck is probably the cafeteria and Balle. At night the dorm cafeteria is open and in there (I have never been) there is a big variety of food and some nights are special nights where they serve crab legs and other popular seafood items and prime rib and such, it was always a big deal for my friends.

    Dorm Life

    I would say dorm life is probably the best route for a freshman. You really get a feel for the people attending and the different groups of people there. Hawaii and the schools are large melting pots you will meet people from different countries, religions, sexualities and cultural/ethnic backgrounds. If you want to get the full affect of college and making friends this is the route to go, one of my mistakes when attending there was not to dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major but like they say all majors are equal. I would say that the academics are up there with everyone else although the school and the state are top rated for it I can say it was a good challenge. Like all colleges they are a large step up from high school and dependency. You really can't just get by doing the bare minimum you must work for that A.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UH holds a lot of gatherings that you can participate in. Follow the email notifications to do fun stuff. Also dorm parties are fun.

    Food and Dining

    UH has a variety of places to eat that are generally well priced. There are also places to eat off campus but still within 2/3 miles of campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am not really the best person to ask about dorm life since I have never dormed. However, dorm parties sometimes get crazy. I would say only go with friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your courses and professor the classes can be hard. Some of the general education courses are easy and just required to get your degree. For the most part the science classes have been hard but useful. Since the classes are so large you don't have to attend all your classes but can get notes from friends instead though this is not recommended. A lot of the professors use online notes which are very useful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Major advising is mandatory however make it useful. A lot of the counselors are insightful. Also see more than one counselor. Pick your major early on so you can start taking the necessary courses for that major. If you do not know what you want to major in I would recommend first going to a community college, such as KCC and then transferring to UH. Almost all KCC credits transfer and it's much cheaper so you can save money while you figure out your major.

    In three sentences

    UHM is a rigorous college that offers a variety of majors and opportunities. Personally I think that UH requires to many general education requirements and should make their degree programs more free for students to plan. UH also provides various free tutoring that helps with ones studies.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-state is expensive, and I don't feel like I should pay $30,000 for a campus that's severely under construction and too full. Then again, the people are great, and the location is right next to Waikiki, so you can go into the city for fun.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is a 20 minute bus ride down to Waikiki, and there are lots of parties going on around the campus. I've heard that UH Manoa is a party school, but that really depends on whether you attend the parties or not. You can hike Diamond Head or take a bus around the west side of the island for the best hiking.

    Food and Dining

    Several different places to eat on campus, and every food court cafeteria has a different vibe to it. Some are loud and energetic; others are quiet and good for studying.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have a dorm, but I'm required to fill out this field. My friends say that they like their dorms pretty well, but they're noisy. That's true of all college dorms, I think.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes have been easy so far, but I'm working on my General Education credits, so that's to be expected. A lot of the professors have heavy accents, but I'm getting used to them. Homework is fairly light. Math 100 and Physics give 1-3 questions from the book each class (MWF or TR), which is completely manageable. Usually assignments are due on Fridays, but that depends on the professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT EXPECT PARKING. Parking passes sell out long before the spring semester ends, and there is nowhere within miles to park unless you want to pay outrageous monthly fees. Also: this school is horrible about communication. If you're an out-of-state, plan to arrive early in order to see the administration face-to-face for all the things they didn't tell you they needed from you. They will NOT send you emails or hold your hands whatsoever in the admission process because their departments are student run, and therefore unorganized. There are LOTS of jobs on campus, though, because of this.

    In three sentences

    University of Manoa is constantly under construction! The facilities, for the most part, are pretty decent, and the professors are nice, but parking is nonexistent. Live in a dorm or within walking distance of the campus. Classes seem to be fairly easy, and there's a nice party life here for those who want the college experience. Lots of buses are here to help you get around Manoa, Waikiki, and Honolulu.

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    According to my email alerts, campus isn't the safest. That being said, people, especially women, shouldn't walk alone in an urban environment anyways. This is no excuse, but you need to be cautious when out at night.

    Greek Life

    There are three sororities/fraternities on campus. If you want a school for its Greek life, this is definitely not the place.

    Clubs and Activities

    UH offers many activities that the typical college wouldn't have. There's clubs that include surfing, cheap rentals for boards and paddling, and plenty of intramural sports throughout the year. If not, there's plenty of shopping 15 minutes away by bus (which fee is included in tuition) and there's always the beach. There's a whole slew of other clubs pertaining to areas of study, and if you can't seem to find the ideal club, you can always make your own through the student center!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are open to learning about culture and diversity...are willing to try new things and open to experience...like outdoor activities...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't a whole lot of unusual traditions. However, o an out of state freshman or transfer student, culture of people in Hawaii can seem unusual. This place in very few ways is like the rest of the United States. I think many new students are unaware of this before they enroll.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, I've had to apply for numerous scholarships and financial aid to be out here. It's worth it though, and the experiences and knowledge I've gained about culture are worth more than what I spend to attend this university. While yes, it is costly to live here, four years is a short amount of time in the grand scheme of my life, and being able to live and learn in Polynesia has been something that has shifted and shaped my cultural lenses and view on society...you can't really put a price tag on that.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beaches (all of which are free), BBQs, hiking, paddle, swim, surf, body board, photography (you'll always have nice Instagram pictures), attend university division I sporting events, intramural sports, skate or longboard, shopping, learn to play an instrument, like the ukulele. If you miss the cold, there's even one ice skating rink on the island.

    Food and Dining

    If you like to eat, this is the place to be. There's so many places near campus and in town to eat. Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, American, and other pan-Asian, and mixed style local establishments make up the restaurants around campus. And yes... we love spam around here.

    Dorm Life

    The majority of the students at this university commute. So, it limits the dorm life experience. While there are still plenty of people to meet and become friends with who live on campus, unless you're into the party scene, you might want to search for friends in various clubs or find similar interests in other contexts. If you like to party, there's a lot of that here.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on the amount of classes you take, and what level courses they are. School will be difficult wherever you go, but this is a public university and cannot be compared to an ivy league school. Yes, we have some great professors here, but just like high school, we also have bad ones. This college is all about how you push yourself. The effort you put into academics will have its effect on how much you learn. You may receive a degree at the end of it, but trust me, students can go through college without learning a whole lot, and without gaining needed work experience. Professors will invest in you if you show that you actually want to learn and benefit your own future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Hawaii is not like the rest of the United States. The culture, language, food, and demographics people may not be what you're used to. I recommend doing some small research on what life in Hawaii is like. School for me has been all that I could ask for and more, but for students who will be coming to Hawaii for either the first time, or haven't really ventured outside the hotels of Waikiki, culture shock can be very common for those from the mainland.

    In three sentences

    This university may be the most diverse school you'll ever attend. You will have opportunities to learn about culture, ethnicity, social justice, communication, all while befriending people who may be different from you, which is completely acceptable and encouraged.

  • 09/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have escort services at night so you don't have to walk by yourself at night. Campus security are the friendliest people you will meet and the patrol the campus frequently.

    Greek Life

    Not an actually Greek life compared to the continental US.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Japanese tea hut and garden are really nice and peaceful.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to California schools it is worth it. the tuition is cheaper. books are expensive and food is expensive too, but its because we will in the middle of nowhere so most or our products are brought here.

    What to do for fun

    I like to snorkel and SCUBA dive when not in class. The hikes here are fun also.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, its all you can eat at the dorm cafeterias. Be careful, you can easily gain freshmen 15.

    Dorm Life

    It is convenient, it is not too far form the campus and there is a dorm shuttle that picks up and drops off.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easier than other. For example, a lot of the science and upper math classes are tough. A lot of the political science classes seem easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study, especially if you are taking organic chemistry.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus. It seems big when you first start, but everything is actually close. The science classes are fun to be in.

  • 10/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have security and escorts if you are coming late from class which I think is really cool. And there is always an RA on call

    Greek Life

    The greek life sucks. Only one frat party every week. The others are all about community service

    Clubs and Activities

    I feel like they don't really mention where all the clubs are and stuff. They only had ONE club fair, and I couldn't make it. You don't really hear about many clubs. You just gotta find out for yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who lives on the island or locals. Or people who love the beach scene and looking to pursue a biology major

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The football players do the haka which is a maori chant before football games which is pretty cool.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for. The tuition is fairly cheap for in state but not out of state unless you are eligible for the WUE program. Not much financial aid is given out though.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do...only if you have a car. It's hard to get around. The beach is always there, and there are plenty of hikes. Just gotta find your own way to get there. And nightlife, mainly 21 and up.

    Food and Dining

    There's a large variety of places to eat on campus. However the food is so-so. After like 2 weeks you're already sick of it, and its wayyy too expensive to buy food downtown because it's Hawai`i

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are SUPER old. Very out to date, even the new ones I heard aren't that amazing. People are rude here and the some of the RA's don't even plan activities for the freshman like they expect.

    Academic Rigor

    It's good and its not. Some of the teachers just expect you to learn by just reading, and completely waste your precious class time. Not all students have the ability or skills to learn by just reading, they need hands on work and lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a biology major, this is a good place to go. May be different experience for you.

    In three sentences

    I honestly expected a lot more from this school. The only nice thing about it is the location, but you can barely get anywhere unless you have a car, otherwise you're busing it. Also, people are just plain rude, stuck up, materialistic, and fake here. And there's always construction going on, everything is old.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is top notch and readily available. You never feel unsafe, even at night. There is very little crime on the campus.

    Greek Life

    Sadly, the greek life is very poor. There are only a handful of sororities and fraternities available and you hardly hear about them. Nor do they house the fun greek parties every university loves to attend.

    Clubs and Activities

    A wide variety of clubs are available from biology club (which I'm currently a member), skate club, classical movie club, literally anything you can think of!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is adventurous and likes trying new things, this campus is perfect for you. You will never be bored because there is always something new and exciting going on!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hawaiian culture and traditions are very interesting and the campus works hard to incorporate things such as a local farmer's market or festivals.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student, I think I pay a little more than what I am receiving, but there is a lot to be offered.

    What to do for fun

    You're only 2 miles from the nearest beach! A bus pass is also included in your tuition so it is helpful in getting you around the island. There is always something fun to be done between hitting up the beach, hiking in the valleys, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking ( I could go on forever..)

    Food and Dining

    You'll find an array of diversity of eats on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and very hot given the location of Hawaii and no central air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic classes are very rigorous, but tutoring is readily offered and available.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending this university, make sure you have a stable financial situation. Not only is the tuition expensive, the cost of living is very, very high.

    In three sentences

    The campus is centrally located between the heart of Oahu - Waikiki, and the beautiful Manoa valley. There is currently a lot of construction taking place on campus which is rather distracting. The campus offers a lot of opportunities for you to get involved in the community.

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Awesome school, hawaii is amazing, but it is very expensive to live here, the experience is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Hawaii is an amazing place with so much to do, for fun I will go to the beach, go on a hike or on the weekends go to Waikiki to enjoy the nightlife. There is a little of everything. There is so much to explore,

    Food and Dining

    The diversity of the island shows in the food available on campus, I have not eaten anything on campus and been un happy. Lines are never too long,

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms. But my friends have not had too many complaints. They like being close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are semester length. This makes it easier to keep up. The professors grade fair but you will definitely be earning your grade with some professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can get by without a car on Oahu. However, having a car will allow you to search the island. Take advantage of all the events and help. Be prepared for a welcoming campus.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus. In every aspect of school there is Aloha. The professors are excellent and all the staff is very helpful.

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Either pick up after-school clubs or join intramural sports. I joined intramural for flag-football. Had great time playing football, and meeting new people who for some reason are older than me (funny)

    Food and Dining

    I just simply love the food over at UH. especially since it's all-you-can-eat buffe. The Cafe monitors are really nice to me as well, so good food service.

    Dorm Life

    It's kind of scary at first meeting new people, but at UH Manoa they are really cool to me and nice. Majority of them are from the main land, and simply I really love to hang out with them when I have the chance after class.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the professors I have currently do not help me at all. In addition when mid-term exams come up, they throw in questions that I didn't even learn from the textbooks or the lectures in class. Not really good profesors in my opinion.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate with your studies that is all I can say. If you do, the next day in class you will suffer with pop quizzes, especially pop quizzes. And do not wait until the last minute with doing your homework; you're just not going to learn not one bit.

    In three sentences

    UH at Manoa is a great college. I made new friends and majority of them are from the main land, which kind of suprised me. The first semester of college is actually tough, but I am not giving up that easy for I am pursuing my dream of majoring in Japanese Language.

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel that the campus is very safe for the most part. Campus security has an escort service set-up so that whenever it is dark, you can call CS and they will have someone come pick you up and take you home or whatever (restricted to campus I think) if you are uncomfortable with walking home. I use this service a lot if I'm studying at the library late because they have some crazy people that come out at night and you can't be too safe.

    Greek Life

    If you plan on joining a sorority of fraternity on campus, don't go to UH Manoa. There are only a few and you have to pay a bunch of money to get in and their houses are rundown. The Greek life isn't very strong here and no one really pays attention to them.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't really hear of much organized clubs going on on this campus. It is very good for sports though with many types of intramural opportunities for all students.

    Bang for the buck

    You can understand that everything is expensive here because it is Hawaii so don't expect to find anything very cheap. The food is alright but is definitely not worth the amount or quality that you receive. NO ONE wants to pay $8 for a salad; the only reason why I do is because I have a meal plan and can afford it.

    What to do for fun

    The one good thing about this school is that there is a fantastic bus system that comes right through campus. There are multiple buses that come through with different destinations in mind, so it is very easy to get around. Until I got a car, this was my main way of getting to and from the beach, aquarium, zoo, hikes, or any other activity that I had planned for that day.

    Food and Dining

    The food for the dorms is better than it used to be once Gateway Hall opened back up but is still sub-par. The food on campus (especially campus center) is better but is over priced and not so good for you. There is an option of Jamba Juice which is nice if you want semi-healthy but not that's not really a meal.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls (as they prefer to call them) are newly renovated but still have their problems. Frear Hall is the only residence hall that has air conditioning but it is more of a closed community - no one can leave their doors open so you don't really meet anyone. Johnson Hall, though very hot, is usually the better one in terms of getting to know people and actually being a community. The apartments are very nice but well rundown. They do plan on renovating these in the next few years but it will take time and is costing US a buttload of money. Good if you want a living room and full kitchen to work with, which I recommend. Oh, and if you live in the any of the residence halls YOU ARE REQUIRED A MEAL PLAN. It is a good way for them to suck money out of you.

    Academic Rigor

    I can only speak for the Biology Department, but it is very rigorous. You are pushed in all classes that you take to be the best that you can be. Mostly because some of the professors are not the best that THEY could be and you have to work a little harder to get the information that you need to succeed. But they give you great academic opportunities and give you the tools you need to go on to graduate school if that's where you're headed.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any prospective student, I suggest that you talk to the head of the department you plan to join, and see if the work load and the type of classes you will be taking is even interesting to you. Not all of the departments are amazing and this college is very difficult to transfer in and out of. IF YOU ARE TRANSFERRING, EXPECT AT LEAST A YEAR TO BE ADDED ONTO YOUR EXPECTED GRADUATION DATE.

    In three sentences

    UH Manoa is a great school for those of you going into Biology or Business. They have great research and career opportunities and the faculty are always willing to help you succeed. This school needs some work with organization though.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many options for fun and a lot of them are super cheap. First, UH Manoa is on oahu so you can go to the beach anytime for free. Also there are movie nights on campus, concerts on campus, and other cool events that are all free. We also get into all the sporting events for free when you are a student.

    Food and Dining

    The food here at UH Manoa is actually really good. We have a bunch of different options that reasonably priced and take meal plans. The quality of the food is really nice as well. Everything tastes great. My favorite night is premium night at Hale Aloha Cafeteria because they make the best food like steak.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life here at UH Manoa. There are so many on campus activities that you can do like movies nights, concerts, plays, etc. I also got really lucky as my floormates and I have become a family. Tip is to make sure you are open and become close with the people you live around.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say I am finding my classes pretty easy for the most part. I understand everything as my teachers are very helpful in explaining what everything means. The hardest part is the amount of time I spend studying and doing assignments in order to receive good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would give the advice that students should go to class as that is what helps me learn best. I also give the advice that people should take notes because that will really help you study for your exams. Another thing is to not slack and take time on your assignments.

    In three sentences

    The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a great school. I really enjoy all of my classes and teachers. I also really love living on campus as everyone is very friendly here.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is great here. At any time of the day any day, campus security will pick you up from one point on campus and drive you to where you are trying to go. I use them all the time because my friends live on the other side of campus and I would never want to walk at night by myself. They pick you up within 5 minutes or less and they are very friendly.

    Greek Life

    There are a couple sororities and one fraternity. I am not sure exactly what thy do because I didn't ever hear of them before I met one girl who was in a sorority and she told me that there was a frat. They seems to just be a group of friends who do some activities together on occasion.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are not a whole lot of clubs to choose from here.

    Great for these types of students

    -Athletic -Laid-back -Non-partiers -Not in a rush to put academics first

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Haka chant that the football team does before games.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is worth the money if you get in-state tuition and are looking for a very laid-back community. Otherwise I think it it a bit pricey to come here just for school. The money is not worth it if you are looking for that college experience because you will be paying to get nothing in that case.

    What to do for fun

    People here surf and do sports for fun. During the day there is lots to do like go to the beach or adventure the island because everything is so close. But there is no nightlife here at all or even campus events to go to every once in a while. I was very involved in extracurricular activities in the past and it was hard going from always doing school-related events to absolutely nothing. The one exciting event they did have was Polyfest where a group of students show off their Polynesian cultures by doing dances, chants and more. I wish they had more simple events like this so I wasn't just sitting in my room all of the time.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is pretty good. They provide a lot of options including Pizza Hut, salads, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, sandwiches, Subway and more. I was kind of disappointed with the lack of healthy food options. The cafeterias are usually the way to go if you do not want fast food.

    Dorm Life

    I personally do not like the dorm life because I am big on personal space. While living in a dorm, you are pretty much with your roommate 24/7 and you have to adapt and accommodate with their living needs as well. The buildings can get pretty gross too. They are community bathrooms so if people do not cleanup after themselves you have to deal with it. If you like to cook, I wouldn't choose a dorm to live in for the next year. They provide you with a kitchen upstairs, but it is filthy for the most part and always has rotten food in there. Microwaves are allowed so I live off of commercial dinners and other microwavable foods unfortunately. On the brighter side, you do get to meet a couple new people on your floor including your RA. So it is good to meet some new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at UH Manoa can be difficult if you choose them to be. The counselors here do a pretty good job at organizing your schedule so that you have decent breaks and flow of your academic day. You can choose to take honors courses that will give you a little bit more of a challenge if need be. There are also a significant amount of choices for courses you can take to satisfy requirements so you never fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't count on this school to give you the typical college experience. As a freshman, I was looking forward to going to all of the football games and joining a club or two, but it was really difficult to accomplish that here. Barely anyone goes to the football games because it is so far and the team is not the best. I wanted to join a sorority which they have, but there are only two and they don't do as much as I had hoped they would. There are no college parties here either which is okay with me, but it would just be nice if there was something to do on the weekends besides sit in my dorms. I find myself getting bored all the time here. I am an active individual. I surf, run, hike, etc, but it gets a little boring when it comes to nightlife.

    In three sentences

    UH Manoa has a beautiful and diverse campus. They are very athletic based and encourage physical exercise and participation in intramural sports.The classes that I have taken so far have professors that are willing to help you succeed in the course.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you don't live in Hawaii then move here and work for a year, then apply for instate tuition. Instate is way cheaper then out of state, you'll save your self a bunch of money doing it this way.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is close to campus. Only a 30 minute walk or you can jump on a bus or bike. Surfing, paddle boarding, and a whole lot of activities are available with places to rent stuff from. There are a lot of restaurant's close by in Waikiki as well. If you have time, go up to North Shore and check out the town. Or there are numerous places to hike and see some pretty sweet views.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is about average, a little more variety though then other schools I've been to. There's are also options on campus like, Subway, Pizza Hut, Jamba Juice, and Starbucks to name a few.

    Dorm Life

    The housing staff is great. Research each of the dorms before you decide which to apply for, some are pretty old. I lived in the Gateway dorm, which was pretty decent, and had an incredible view. There are several activities the RA's put on for the dorm floors, which are great opportunities to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    I've been fortunate to have some great professor's here, and have learned a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great place to be to go to school, you get a lot of culture and are close to the beach, but remember it's still school and you have to go to class and study.

    In three sentences

    Awesome location, good school, and great experience.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    almost non-existant

    Clubs and Activities

    not very many around

    Great for these types of students

    outdoorsy, laid-back, adventurous, open-minded

    Bang for the buck

    lots of scholarship options

    What to do for fun

    surf, exercise, site-see, go to the beach

    Food and Dining

    mediocre

    Dorm Life

    fun, rowdy, not a lot of night life other than parties

    Academic Rigor

    Varies upon program

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your academic plan early on. Advisers are literally of no help.

    In three sentences

    The school is a relaxed, positive environment with academic requirement inconsistencies between departments. The sciences are tough, well-taught classes. The arts are very loose.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs!

    Food and Dining

    It tastes good at first, but after awhile, the food seems boring. Tastes great though.

    Dorm Life

    It is great, but remember freedom comes with responsibility, so it is really easy to fall behind in class since NO one will tell you/force you to do homework/studying. Study places are great.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of courses offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should go to the library at least once a week to study, do homework, or simply relax= listen to music! It's a great place! Stay on track with the course content/lecture because it is REALLY easy to fall behind. One F grade on any course, and it will scar your GPA; worst than high school.

    In three sentences

    There are lots of helpful resources all around the campus. Go to the library (best is Sinclair Library) to do some homework, study, or just simply relax! As students, remember to stay on track with your homeworks, it is really easy to fall behind the lecture content/course content.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    call campus security if you feel scared. they might drive you home after they arrive 20 minutes later.

    Bang for the buck

    learn to cook. food is expensive and tasty but home cooked food is cheap and testy. try to buy used books or rent them. $500 for the semesters books is crazy.

    What to do for fun

    hangout with friends, go to a game, hike, blow glass

    Food and Dining

    the Buffet cafeteria is awesome for the first month then its ok after the second. halfway through the semester things start tasting the same. then the cafe just becomes tiring to eat, LEARN TO COOK. its cheaper.

    Dorm Life

    Have fun but dont party too hard. you never want to get in trouble with the authorities.

    Academic Rigor

    Study and do your homework. as long as you keep this up every day good grades will follow. slack off and party just because you can, will lead to the inevitable. procrastination is a constant problem..... need to fix that sometime. you get what you deserve

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont be set on your game plan. you never know when things might not turn out. I started on a path to engineering but my third year in i didnt like what i was studying and i knew i needed to change something. i was just starting my real engineering classes when i had decided to switch majors to art knowing that life after college may be difficult. Knowing this i went through with it and i am loving what i am learning everyday and enjoy school and work much more.

    In three sentences

    the university provides an excellent place for learning when you find the right professor. there are the good the bad and the ones that just don't make sense, but once you find YOUR subject learning will be awesome. i have learned a lot from this college and have changed a lot, i appreciate this nurturing environment and hope to obtain the skill i need for the future.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not much of a Greek Life present on campus, 2 major sororities and just a few fraternities, but there'e plenty of other things to do.

    Bang for the buck

    Although out of state tuition is expensive, WUE makes it more affordable.

    What to do for fun

    You live in Hawaii, what can't you do? Surfing, snorkeling, tanning, hiking, and anything else you'd do on vacation.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is like any other, a cafeteria. The food won't be like homemade meals but it's not awful. There's always something that looks good. If you have special dietary needs, the caf has a unique Simple meal that is free of common food allergies as well as vegan and vegetarian items. Other than the cafeterias, campus has a small market and campus center where meal swipes can be redeemed and other restaurants like pizza hut, subway and panda express when those get old.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are older but create a great community. You get to know so many different and interesting kinds of people. The floors have 26 residents and share 4 private bathrooms, it sounds rough but is much better than the locker room style stalls and showers. The freshmen have 4 towers that often compete in competitions and host different rooftop activities. The dorms are where you'll meet your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The science BA/BS requirements are rigorous and more demanding than other schools, but you're getting a great education with widespread knowledge and abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're an out of state student, consider if you can handle being so far away from home. That being said, make sure you apply for WUE tuition scholarship.

    In three sentences

    UH allows for an extremely unique college experience, especially for out of state students. The range of majors and opportunities that the campus offers make for great personalized education. Students, faculty, location, extracurricular activites and academics make UH an incredibly unique and outstanding place to study.

  • 02/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    LOL like two frats

    Great for these types of students

    stoners and beach bums

    What to do for fun

    BEACH!! waikiki is close but touristy. Sandys, lanikai and north shore are always just a bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Gateway has the classier food. Hale Aloha, is your typical college dining.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are fun and a place to meet a lot of kids.

    Tips for prospective students

    forsure live on campus your first year!

    In three sentences

    The perfect place to go to college; beach, weather and nice campus. The teachers are really helpful and the classes really help you learn your major. Everything about UH is awesome!

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There has many different kind of stores, such as starbucks and subway.

    Dorm Life

    I do not much about dorm life in University of Hawaii at Manoa. I think there will be more safely than other states.

    Academic Rigor

    Awesome, my sister is currently in University of Hawaii at Manoa. She said the rigor of academic in here is better than in other college.

  • 03/27/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The campus is surrounded by multiple food areas so there's no excuse to be hungry because even taking a walk down the street leads you to even more food places.

    Dorm Life

    I love the campus and it seems quite comfy.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't say; I've never had the chance to sit in on one of the classes.

  • 04/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This place and school are very expensive. Hawaii is worth it. UHM isn't.

    What to do for fun

    Beach!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is not good. Ever.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty much the only social scene here, so take it or leave it, it's what college is about and fun while it lasts.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're in hard classes, then UHM is plenty challenging. If you're just here for the ride, then you can take easy classes and have the time of your life. I'm into learning, so I enjoy taking the rigorous classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not a fan of sun, sand, or water, you won't love it here, but otherwise, it's hard not to love living the Hi Life.

    In three sentences

    UHM is a very relaxed school with the opportunity to sit back and relax on the beach, excel in school, or both at the same time!