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Admission Policies

General Admission Policies

Applicants for admission are required to list all current and previous enrollment in any post-secondary institution on the application form. Applicants who fail to inform the University of such enrollment or who submit or have submitted on their behalf any required information or documentation that is fraudulent or has been altered without proper authorization may be denied admission to the University. If the omissions and/or alterations are discovered after the student is enrolled, the student's admission may be rescinded and his or her enrollment canceled. No transfer credits will be allowed in future admission. In addition, the student may be referred to the Student Conduct Committee for disciplinary sanctions.

Application materials must be postmarked by the admission deadline. Unofficial, faxed, hand-carried, or student copies of official academic documents will not be accepted. Because some programs have earlier deadlines or may fill their spaces early, you should apply well in advance of the campus deadline. The application and supporting documents become the property of the University and are not returned or available for distribution.

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UH Articulation Agreement

UH Mānoa abides by all relevant articulation agreements outlined in University of Hawaiʻi System Board of Regents and Executive Policies. Accordingly, transfer applicants who meet all admission criteria and have earned an articulated associate in arts (AA) degree from a University of Hawaiʻi community college will be admitted to UH Mānoa campus as having fulfilled the UH Mānoa general education core requirements.

While an articulated AA degree satisfies general education core requirements, students must also complete all specialized lower-division, major, college and degree/graduation requirements. Additional campus-specific requirements such as competency in a foreign language or writing-intensive courses may also be required. With planning, most if not all requirements may be incorporated into the AA degree; otherwise they are required in addition to the AA degree.

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Transfer Credit Policy

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to accept or reject transfer credits earned at any other institution of higher education. In general, UH Mānoa accepts credits earned at institutions fully accredited by U.S. regional accrediting associations or an institution recognized by the Office of Admissions, provided such credits are substantially equivalent to courses at UH Mānoa and have been completed with a grade of D (not D-) or better. An evaluation of transfer credits will be undertaken only after a student has been admitted to a program leading to a degree and has confirmed his or her intention to enroll.

Transfer decisions about courses taken at any other University of Hawaiʻi campus are guided by the UH Articulation Agreement. For additional information, refer to the Transfer Credit Search database.

Transfer Credit Restrictions

Only course credits are accepted in transferring to UH Mānoa. Grades and grade points from other institutions do not transfer. Although all qualified courses may be transferred from two-year colleges, UH Mānoa applies no more than 60 credits from non-University of Hawaiʻi community or junior colleges toward the credits required for a bachelor's degree as determined by your college.

Courses Taken out of Sequence (backtracking)

Credit is not awarded for lower level courses if they are taken subsequent to or concurrently with a higher level course for which they are explicit or implicit prerequisites.

Correspondence School Credit

No more than 30 credits of correspondence coursework from regionally-accredited U.S. colleges and universities will be accepted in transfer.

Life Experience

UH Mānoa does not award credit for life experience. Enrolled students may make individual arrangements for credit by examination.

Military Service or Schooling

Coursework taken through military schools may be considered for credit with the consent of the appropriate University department. The student's DD-214 or DD-295 form must be submitted. Credits awarded for military schooling do not count toward the 24 credit requirement for admission as a transfer student nor exempt applicants from submitting SAT/ACT scores or high school transcripts.

Courses with Non-traditional Grades

Courses completed with non-traditional grades such as CR (credit), P (pass), S (satisfactory) may be transferable only if the grade represents a D (not D-) or higher. Courses with non-traditional grades are generally only accepted as elective credit and do not fulfill University, college, school, or departmental requirements.

Courses Receiving No Credit

UH Mānoa does not accept the following types of courses for transfer credit:

  • Courses from unaccredited institutions: Coursework taken at any institution not fully accredited by a regional U.S. accrediting association or is not recognized by the Office of Admissions is not transferable. After completing a minimum of 30 credits at UH Mānoa with a GPA of 2.0 or better, a student may be granted credit for coursework completed at unaccredited institutions which were candidates for accreditation at the time of the student's attendance . No more than 60 credits from such institutions may be applied to UH Mānoa degree requirements.
  • Courses below college level: At UH campuses courses include those numbered below 100
  • Developmental or remedial courses
  • Repeated or duplicate courses: Transfer credit is generally not awarded for a repeated course in which a passing grade was previously earned, nor for more than one version of a cross-listed course
  • Courses that provide instruction in a particular religious doctrine
  • Vocational or technical courses
  • Mathematics courses considered below college level.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

UH Mānoa grants waivers and/or credits on the basis of the CEEB Advanced Placement Examinations, Credits for AP examinations do not count toward the 24 credit requirement for admission as a transfer student, nor do they exempt the applicant from submitting SAT/ACT scores or high school transcripts. Download the AP factsheet (PDF).

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credits awarded for general and subject examinations do not count toward the 24 credit requirement for admission as a transfer student nor do they exempt applicants from submitting SAT/ACT scores or high school transcripts. Download the CLEP factsheet (PDF).

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

UH Mānoa will grant credits and/or waivers on the basis of IB higher level examinations. Download the IB factsheet (PDF).

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Transfer Grade Point Average (GPA) Policy

The following guidelines are used by the Office of Admissions to compute a transfer applicant's cumulative collegiate grade point average (GPA) for admission purposes. These guidelines do not address all the different grading practices admissions staff encounter when reviewing transcripts and pertain only to the transfer GPA calculated for purposes of determining general admission to UH Mānoa. Some undergraduate programs (e.g., education, engineering, and business administration) have more selective admission policies and different or additional requirements.

To calculate a transfer admission GPA the Office of Admissions uses all transferable academic courses deemed substantially equivalent to UH Mānoa courses from all regionally-accredited U.S. colleges and universities and institutions recognized by the Office of Admissions the applicant has attended and in which the student received a grade. If the student repeats a course, the highest passing grade is computed into the transfer GPA.

GPA Scale

Grade Grade Points
A 4.00
B 3.00
C 2.00
D 1.00
F 0
UW
(unofficial withdrawal)
0
WF
(withdrawal failing)
0
ABS
(excessive absences/absent for final exam)
0

Note: Grades of CR (credit), NC (no credit), P (pass), S (satisfactory), and W (withdrawal) do not affect GPA calculation. Selective programs may view these grades differently in their admission process.

The Office of Admissions does not include in the transfer admission GPA:

  • Courses taken at an institution not fully accredited by the appropriate U.S. regional accrediting association or institutions not recognized by the Office of Admissions
  • Courses considered below college level
  • Vocational and technical courses
  • Remedial and developmental courses
  • Courses of instruction in a particular religious doctrine
  • Courses taken out of sequence (i.e., backtracking). Lower level courses taken concurrently with or subsequent to higher level courses for which they are explicit or implicit prerequisites are not counted.

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