University of Hawaii at Manoa Top Questions

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?


I wish I knew that tuition was set to increase every year. The most difficult part of attending this school has been conflicts with the financial aid office. Furthermore, with the increases in the cost of tuition every year it has become more and more difficult to find ways to make ends meet and continue to attend college. If I had known these difficulties before I came to the University of Hawaii I probably would have joined a ROTC program and become active military after graduation.


I wish I had known how incredibly diverse and different the culture really is from the rest of America. I've lived in California, Oklahoma, and Vermont but nothing prepared me for how different Hawaii is. From the different races, to the diverse food, extending to the vast languages, and even to the kind of business style they have, it is all completely unique. It is definitely a very educational experience! Something I think everyone should see.


I wish I had known that the parking is extremely difficult to find parking in.


I wish I was more prepared for the academic work style that the school has. Coming from Norway the learning frame is quite different from what I am used to.


I wish I knew what I wanted to major in prior to taking classes. Advising as an undeclared general undergraduate student went less than smoothly. Different degrees require different classes, even general education courses. I wasted the first few semesters on classes that didn't fill graduation requirements in my respective field.


I invested in a bike before coming to UH Manoa. However, sometimes it takes longer to ride your bike than walk, because it takes so long to lock it up! If you don't lock your bike up right, people will steal it so at times it is more of a hassle to ride my bike which is frustrating because I spent so much money on it!


Not much; Hawaii is Hawaii.


I wished I would have known the activities avialable to students on campus, such as concerts, club outings, and intramural sports.


i wish i had known that this is a reasurch school first and en educational institution second, then i would have completed more of my pre-recs in community college.


I wish I would have known how to get used to living on my own and being more responsible.


The question, "what do I wish I had known before I came to this school?", is fairly easy to answer. I wish I had known how wonderful all the professors are , how much I would have loved the classes and how many programs are available to help someone in dire financial straits! I would have come back to school much earlier to finish my degree!


the total cost for the entire two year program i am in


UH Manoa just cut my major. I would tell future students to make sure they know the financial position of the school before they make a final decision. Make sure you ask and get advising from more than one person on your program. I am now in the position of trying to find another school on the mainland that offers my program so I can actually graduate sometime. UH Manoa was the only school here in Hawaii that offered Speech Pathology.


I really wish I had known how to deal with the red tape. The administrators at UH Manoa and the faculty/students don't get along very well, leading to a lot of run-around with issues like student housing and parking.


I wish I had known the exact planning of my 4 year degree in order to finish in 4 years. I went to a Community College for a little over two years in order to take freshman and sophomore classes, but took a lot more elective which did not advance me in anyway. I advise all students to have a great plan entering school, so that they know what exact classes will be needed and how long it will take until Graduation.


I wish I'd known how much core classes I'd have to take since there's so many requirements I have to fill.




I wish I had known how unwilling the faculty and staff are in helping incoming and transferring students at this university. Also, I wish I had known that the majority of students here are only attending this university because it is cheaper and they don't really care about academics.


That there were so many undergrad general prerequngisites to take before graduati


How unlike it is compared to many mainland universities.


just how much is needed to get my degree


I wish i had known more about the school and ways to get involved with other activities. You have to do some work on your own in order to find out about meetings, clubs, and similar things and it would have been better to know all that before attending.


Nothing much, I was born and raised on another island so I was not shocked by anything. This University and this life is what I know.


That the international business program is kind of a joke and that they have so many lower class requirements that it would take me longer than 2 years. That the parking is horrible there.. That it's hard to make friends because most people don't really socialize there outside of class and group projects.


I wish I had known about it earlier.


That the parking situation is pretty challenging. Parking is limited and passes are issued by class ranking. Don't get a car unless you have your parking issues resolved. Also, even though it's sunny Hawai`i, bring a few sweaters and an umbrella. The school is in Manoa Valley, which is always cooler than other parts of the island, and it sprinkles every day. Honolulu is also a pretty expensive place to live, at least until you know your way around. Take advantage of cheap things like dorms, student discounted bus passes, etc.


i wish i would have known that all my california classed would not transfer to hawaii. i would have made other cloices earlier. instead i had to retake some classes


Before coming to this school, I wish I had known how much I would have to rely on myself to figure things out, not depending on my parents to do everything for me. I definitely wish I had known exactly what career field I wanted to get into. This would have helped me graduate in 4, or possibly less, years. I changed my major in my 3rd year, and now I'm planning to graduate a semester or two late.