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University of Hawaii, Manoa

Located in the Manoa Valley, a residential area near the center of metropolitan Honolulu, the University of Hawaii, Manoa offers opportunities to use the splendors of the Pacific in completing graduate and undergraduate studies.

With the clear, dry air of the region, UofH provides graduate level studies at the Institute for Astronomy, in a setting that offers some of the best star-watching conditions in the world. Other notable science programs include marine biology, oceanography, and, with the only active volcano in the United States nearby, geology, and geophysics.

Also featured is an international studies program which includes courses in over forty languages each year, with as many as eighty languages that are offered.

Campus-based housing includes male, female, and coed dorms, on-campus apartments, and on-campus family housing. The undergraduate population is 10,523 and the graduate population is 6,037. There is a very high minority population--84%--with about 1% being Hispanic.Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1907
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 14,037
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $142,000,000
Admissions Address

2500 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.4
Send application by: May 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Janice Heu
Admissions office telephone: (808) 956-8975
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: May 1
Decision sent by:  
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $150 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $225 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science 3 N/A
Lab 1 N/A
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies 3 N/A
History N/A N/A
Academic electives 4 N/A
Total academic units 22 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: May 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Not considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Important
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Not considered
Work experience: Not considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 68%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 68%
Total applicants: 6,167
Total acceptances: 4,208
Total freshman enrollment: 1,775
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


Male applicants: 2,705
Male acceptances: 1,770
Male freshman enrollment: 797
Female applicants: 3,462
Female acceptances: 2,438
Female freshman enrollment: 978
Out-of-state freshmen: 30%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 29%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 60%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 91%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 63%
Average high school GPA: 3.4
First-year students submitting GPA: 92%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 86%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 480 - 580
Math: 510 - 610
Combined: 990 - 1190


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 1.8% 6.3%
600-699 18.1% 26.2%
500-599 46.5% 48.4%
400-499 30.7% 18.4%
300-399 2.7% 0.7%
200-299 0.1% 0.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 15%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 20 - 26
Math: 21 - 26
Composite: 21 - 25


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 3.7% 4.5% 4.9%
24-29 42.4% 37.3% 45.5%
18-23 50.7% 52.6% 42.9%
12-17 3.3% 5.2% 6.7%
6-11 0.0% 0.4% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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