MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It didn't top the list, but surely the University of Hawaii at Manoa deserves some props for getting a spot on MONEY's 2016 Best Colleges ranking.
UH-Manoa was ranked no. 396 out of 705 institutions that made the list, which takes the cost of tuition and the expectations for salary into account when considering colleges.
MONEY looked at 2,000 four-year colleges in the United States for their annual survey. UH-Manoa was the only higher education insitution from the islands to make the list.
Schools were ranked based on the cost of tuition with and without financial aid, early career earnings, the percent of students who get need- and merit-based aid, and average ACT and SAT scores.
Princeton University topped the ranking. The estimated 2016-17 tuition at the institution is $61,300, but with aid the price was $20,100. Meanwhile, the average early career earnings for graduates came in at $62,800.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor took the no. 2 spot on the list, and Harvard University rounded out the top three.
At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the early career earnings were estimated at $43,900.
Meanwhile, the annual tuition was $27,900, but $19,500 with aid.