50 States, 50 Colleges: Hawaii

It’s January in New England, and most of the country is experiencing some of the coldest weather seen in years.  As I write this, it’s 9 degrees in Lowell – 9 degrees!  What’s today’s forecast in Honolulu?  Sunny and 79 degrees.   It’s a perfect time to do a little research on what it’s like to go to college in Hawaii!

College in the Spotlight:  University of Hawai’i at Manoa

University of Hawaii Air view

Location:  Honolulu, HI

Size:  20,169 students (14,257 undergrads)

Fast Facts:

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM) makes the most of its tropical surroundings.  The school boasts its own marine research island, called Coconut Island, which is situated on a coral reef.  The university also manages The Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden and the Waikiki Aquarium.  The office of Student Recreational Services helps students explore and experience island life by arranging trips and teaching classes.  Learn to surf, paddle-board, sail, and SCUBA dive!

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHM as the 6th most ethnically diverse school in the country.  All 50 states and over 100 countries are represented in the student body.

The University offers Bachelor degrees in 93 fields of study, including Botany, Engineering, Pacific Island Studies, and Travel Industry Management.  If one of the 93 options doesn’t quite fit your needs, you have the option to create your own major through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

There are currently 12 residence halls on the UHM campus.  According to the viewbook, students enjoy beautiful views overlooking the island, cafeterias serving local and international cuisine, and special lockers to store surfboards!

Home to the Rainbow Warriors, the University of Hawaii at Manoa offers 20 varsity Division I teams.  All UHM home games are free for students to attend.

Want to learn more?  Visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/.

The above info is from the University website

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