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Most of university experiences involves the dorming aspectBrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Most of university experiences involves the dorming aspect and if you are an out of state student, you are heavily reliant on dorming/being a part of student housing because of Hawaii's overpriced housing situation where you'd be paying almost $1000 a month just to live in a brick-like prison with no A/C and forced to fend for yourself with electricity, food and internet.

Many say student housing is a mess and unorganised, I would be among those who would say it. Student housing does an awful job with regards to their mail and have habits of losing your mail, so if you are planning on getting any packages, I would put little trust in their capability in getting it to you safely and soundly. Their student housing system in general is outdated and residential directors are not educated in advancements the university has made when it comes to inclusion. Student housing must do better and make a better effort on accommodating students. The dorms are overpriced and outdated, some of them even are falling apart as I was put into a dorm that needed constant repairs due to faulty pipes, most of them do not have air conditioning and a few buildings are not accessibility friendly.

If you are transgender and out of state, do not go to this university. They are incompetent when it comes to your mail and will mix it up easily and potentially sent it back because of your name being different than it is legally. I have been back and forth with student housing for 3 years out of my 4 due to this incompetence and I can only imagine there will be difficulty with my 4th year as well. If I weren't engrained into the credit system, as it is also incredibly difficult to get your credits to transfer over to another university if you were to transfer, I would have switched universities almost immediately.

3rd Year Male -- Class 1923
Surrounding City: A+, Campus Aesthetics: D-
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This school is the worst in every aspect you can imagine, do not go here.
1st Year Male -- Class 2019
Friendliness: C, Education Quality: F
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7 Bad ThingsQuite BrightEngineering Department
7 Bad Things
1. The University of Hawaii at Manoa does not offer a surfing course, a well organized surfing club, or a surfing extra-curricular activity to speak of.

2. The University of Hawaii at Manoa has the lowest quality fraternity/student club program possible.

3. The University of Hawaii at Manoa does not always offer the classes you need.
4. The University of Hawaii at Manoa does not typically offer enough registration slots in the classes it DOES offer so that everyone who needs it can get in.

5. The University of Hawaii at Manoa has a financial aid department which seems to revel in being a bureaucracy. You will often wait months for them to disburse any financial aid you take out to help yourself (they do not care if you have to pay rent, it takes as long as it takes and it takes forever and it's because of "the system", and "the system" only works on Tuesdays, and "the person" that knows about "the system" is not in, and they tried to fix "the system" but they gave up).

6. The University of Hawaii at Manoa is architecturally ugly (beige cement cubes with no hint of trying to NOT be a scar on a beautiful island), and is always under construction. The new Campus Center building and addition to the chemistry building are a step in the right direction, though.

7. The University of Hawaii at Manoa dorm system allows you to beg for the dorm you want, but will simply give you the dorm they were going to give you anyways. The dorms are NOT air conditioned (except for the two that EVERYONE begs for which requires you to pay through the teeth to live at if they graciously select you to live there).

1 Good Thing
1. I went to the University of Hawaii at Manoa for Mechanical Engineering, and, when the school wasn't limiting class availability and undercutting the professors and not hiring enough professors, the program was great.

--The professors in the Engineering and Science departments are intelligent, provide excellent lectures, are available, are fair, organize a class well, and make sure you learn.--The curriculum is challenging and inspires creativity and practice. You learn a lot and acquire lots of experience.

5th Year Male -- Class 2014
Innovation: A+, Education Quality: F
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