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Firstly I am in the process of transferringAverageEducation
Firstly I am in the process of transferring and am technically withdrawn, but I have 115 credits from UHM and I still could not make myself stick it out to graduation from this garbage institution. No one likes being here, except for freshmen who do not care about class, just hang out in the dorms smoking weed and drinking, then drop out. If you've got the time and money to do that come here by all means... but everyone else is a broken-spirited drone, frustrated by classes taught by passionless teachers and by trying to wring any knowledge or compassion out of this bone-dry rag of a place. Also-- you cannot graduate in 4 years in most majors. The classes you need simply will not be available. Housing, cashiers, registrars, and each individual colleges/majors DO NOT communicate with one another so you have to make sure they are on the same page yourself.

If you do decide to come here, (why??), make sure to stay on top of the administration. Maybe try to get close to the teachers and they might regain faith enough to actually teach something, I'm not sure.. BUT ALSO: the apathy of the student body cannot be overstated. This leads to miserable, silent class discussions but also it leads to no one even having the motivation to apply for scholarships, so APPLY FOR THEM-- a bunch of money goes unawarded each year simply because everyone is sitting on their asses. You are extremely likely to get money if you put forth any effort. Also, if you have any fishy fees on your account, I know it is a pain to contact all the different, uncaring people about them but please do go through the appeals process, it's happened to me where they just go "oops don't know why that charge was there" and take a month to rescind it. I figure they rightly assume most people won't go through the trouble to contest it and they can just scam the student body...

3rd Year Female -- Class 2017
Surrounding City: B+, Scholastic Success: D
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I learned a lot here.Civil Engineering
I learned a lot here. Professors are good at teaching, and always pushed students really hard. Tons of scholarships/assistantships are waiting for you if you stay focused enough on the classes and maintain high gpa. It's so true that most of the buildings are old-fashioned and long-time no renovated, especially Holmes Hall. By the way, a dorm here designed by Pei, the one who created Pyramide du Louvre, though.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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UH-Manoa is a commuter school.BrightCommunications
UH-Manoa is a commuter school. Therefore, student spirit is limited outside of athletic events.
The campus & buildings are falling apart & are poorly maintained.
UH loses positions & classes every year, never to be reinstated. Therefore, students cannot graduate in four years w/o cross-matriculating at Chaminade U. or HPU. Mostly, it's a 6-year graduation rate - AND THAT IS JUST 48%! UH's four-year graduation rate is 17% - lowest in the nation!

UH never has any money for innovation or renovation & is completely strangled by the State & by its Board of Directors.

UH's faculty is the oldest in the nation.
It's students are mostly from Hawaii & are among the least intellectually curious students I have ever met.

Institutional racism abounds (very anti-white & black).
There is no U district where students can try new things out together or bond off-campus.
Rents in Honolulu are the highest in the nation as are expenses - not kind to students from the Mainland.

Students are ALL a-political.
Very few UH programs are good, with a few exceptions. None are excellent.
UH is on the cutting-edge of nothing.
It's the only game in Honolulu.
UH is near the best beaches & surf in the world, has year-round sunshine, & it's very easy to get a 4.0 GPA for transfers. But that is not enough!

UH-Manoa is the worst public university in the nation, IMO.
There is no reason to go to UH. It Sucks!

4th Year Male -- Class 1972
Scholastic Success: A+, Education Quality: F
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