HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The newest college rankings are out and Hawaii schools made the cut although some were far down.
The US News and World Report has the University of Hawaii at Manoa tied for 168 out of 201 national universities. No it's not in the top 100 but there were also plenty of universities that didn't even get ranked. Students we spoke with say the rankings don't mean much to them.
"I don't concern myself too much with the rankings. I look more to my experience with the school and how I am going to make the most of my resources," said Annabelle Le Jeune, University of Hawaii at Manoa Junior Journalism major. "I'm going to try and really network because I could be going to an Ivy League school and if I don't even network it wouldn't really matter."
"The rankings really don't mean anything because it's all about your perspective and how the University meets your needs," said James Cowper University of Hawaii at Manoa Freshman Engineering major. "For example I'm an incoming engineering major and I know UH has a good program. So why do I need to go to the number one when I know there is a good engineering program here at UH which is cheaper, more convenient for me to go to, it's home."
Hawaii's smaller schools also made the west regional rankings. BYU Hawaii was highest among local schools coming in at 16th. Hawaii Pacific University was tied for 80th. Chaminade University fell just outside the rankings.
To see the complete list from US News & World Report