The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is considered to be the best school in Hawaii when using the ranking criteria of affordability, graduation rates, freshman retention rates, and the overall grade given to the school by students obtained through Niche.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, or UH Mānoa, is a public university and the flagship institution of the University of Hawaiʻi system. Mānoa is considered an affluent neighborhood of Honolulu and is in Honolulu County. The school is located about 3 miles inland and east of the downtown area of Honolulu and about one mile northeast of Waikīkī.

UH Mānoa was founded in 1907 and began as a land-grant college of agriculture and mechanic arts. The school held its first classes the following year with a modest enrollment of five freshmen and five preparatory students. The College of Hawaiʻi, which was its name then, relocated to Mānoa Valley in 1912. The first permanent building at this campus was erected in an area which was surrounded by pig farms and kiawe trees. Today, this building still stands and is known as Hawaiʻi Hall.

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Throughout the years the institution has grown, changed, and adapted to suit the growing educational needs of the student population. It was 1972 when the school was renamed the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The reason for this was that the University of Hawaiʻi System was still growing and the university wanted to distinguish it from the other campuses within the same system.

Today, there are more than 17,000 students earning degrees at UH Mānoa. The student body is one one of the most diverse of all colleges and universities in the United States, in fact, it is ranked #1 in our ranking, Top 20 Most Ethnically Diverse Schools With Online Programs. The majority of students are undergraduates in 2017, about 12,800. Meanwhile, graduate students are fewer with only around 4,700 in attendance in 2017.

Online programs offered through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are:

    • Hawaiʻi Statewide Nursing Consortium (Bachelor’s Degree)
    • Economics (Bachelor’s Degree)
    • Interdisciplinary Studies (Bachelor’s Degree)
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education
    • Certificate in Learning Design and Technology for Teachers (TeachTech) (Graduate Certificate)
    • Certificate in Online Learning and Teaching (COLT) (Graduate Certificate)
    • Disability and Diversity Studies Certificate (Graduate Certificate)
    • Curriculum Studies (Literacy Specialist PK-12) (Graduate Certificate)
    • Advanced Population Health Nursing (Master’s Degree)
    • Executive MBA (Master’s Degree)
    • Human Resources Management (Master’s Degree)
    • Learning Design and Technology (Master’s Degree)
    • Library & Information Science (Master’s Degree)
    • Rehabilitation Counseling (Master’s Degree)
    • Social Work (Master’s Degree)

Other schools within the system which offer online programs include Leeward Community College, UH West Oʻahu, and UH Hilo. There are more online options through the same school system, we have only listed the ones which are hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Students exploring options for attending college for the first time might enjoy checking out The Ultimate Guide To Online Colleges. If you are still considering other schools, you might also enjoy our Best Online College or University by State and Location.