The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa ranked 190 out of 300 national colleges and universities for best value in Forbes Magazine.

“Best value” is defined as receiving an excellent educational return on one of people’s “most important investments of their lives.”

The standings are based on measures such as school quality, timely graduation, alumni earnings and access for low-income students.

Forbes explained how UH Mānoa is “a global leader in earth and environmental sciences. With minorities making up more than 70% of the student body, Mānoa embodies the Hawaiian spirit of aloha, a term that refers to mutual regard.”

UH Mānoa was grouped among doctoral universities as having the highest research activity, according to Forbes. In the magazine, it says that the flagship among the 10 UH campuses is known for its pioneering research in the fields including oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer research and genetics.

Forbes said that the ranking is focused on a "human angle." 

May 1 is the deadline for most college-bound students to accept an offer. Forbes said the ranking is a "definitive guide for those looking for an excellent return on one of the most important investments of their lives."

For more information about other national and international rankings recognizing UH Mānoa, see the Mānoa Institutional Research Office website.