Transfer Students - Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

Evaluations & Transfer Credits

Registration

Academic Advising

Major/Minor/Certificate

General Advising Questions

Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Admissions

What do ‘unclassified’ and ‘classified’ mean?

‘Unclassified’ means a student is taking courses but is not pursuing a degree in a college or school. ‘Classified’ means the student has been admitted to a college or school and is pursuing a degree. At UHM, students who are pursuing a degree but have not yet declared a major, or who have not yet been admitted to the program they are pursuing, are classified students in the Mānoa Advising Center. UHM unclassified students are in Outreach College, while post-baccalaureate unclassified students (=students who have already completed a Bachelor degree and are returning to take courses but not complete a degree) are in Graduate Division.

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Do I need a placement exam? When are they, how do I sign up, and where do I take it?

Some departments require that you take an assessment or placement examination before you may enroll in a particular course. Information on these exams is available in the Schedule of Courses (SOC). The placement exams are located under “Registration Procedures.”

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Evaluations & Transfer Credits

I’m enrolled at another institution; how can I tell which courses will count for UHM’s GenEd?

The GenEd requirements are listed in the UHM Catalog.

When you transfer in, the Office of Admissions will evaluate your courses and generate a Transfer Credit Evaluation report, which will indicate which requirements have been fulfilled.

If you are transferring in courses from a non-UH system campus, you can get an idea how some courses may transfer to UHM by visiting the Transfer Credit Search database. Only courses that have already been transferred into UHM and evaluated are listed, so you may not find all the courses you’re looking for. When transferring courses from outside of the UH system, it is highly recommended that you bring a catalog (and syllabi) to help Admissions evaluate your courses as exactly as possible.

If you are transferring in courses from a UH system campus, visit the UHM General Education website. The site includes charts to show how courses articulate from one campus to another.

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Some of my courses/credits didn’t transfer in; why not, and whom can I talk to?

The Admissions Office completes an initial transfer evaluation based on the following: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad/policies.html#credits.

In general, students are awarded transfer credit for academic (not technical or vocational) courses that are determined to be at the 4-year-college level and that are passed with a grade of D (not D-) or better. If you believe there are courses/credits that didn’t transfer properly, start by talking to Admissions, (808) 956-8975. In some cases, they may ask for additional information to re-evaluate the courses/credits, including course descriptions or syllabi.

Note: If you take a course at another UH campus after you have started your studies at Mānoa, you must notify Admissions in order to have those credits posted on your Mānoa transcript.

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I don’t see my major courses listed on my transfer evaluation, how can I get an evaluation?

The database does not include all courses. It focuses primarily on General Education courses. You will need to check with your major department regarding major level courses. Make sure you bring the syllabus of the course with you when you meet with him/her.

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Can I get courses re-evaluated if I don’t agree with the initial evaluation?

It is possible to get courses re-evaluated if you read the course description in the catalog and feel it is similar to a course you previously took. Admissions will send the course to the department to have it evaluated. It will be helpful if you have additional information (i.e. syllabus) you can provide.

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Registration

When is registration and when should I get advising?

Registration begins in April for both Summer and Fall semesters and in December for Spring semester; exact dates are announced and posted in the Schedule Of Classes (SOC). You can get advising before you are officially admitted into UHM; just contact the Student Academic Services office of your intended college/school. For your first two years, you will have mandatory advising each semester and will receive instructions via email; in your last two years, we recommend you meet with your advisor(s) at least once each semester, to make sure you stay on track. If you are a prospective, transfer, or incoming student, you should get academic advising before registering for your first semester. If you need to locate your advisor, visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/academics/advising/.

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How do I register for classes?

Clicking on the MyUH portal icon will navigate you to the university’s online registration system. If you are having difficulties or need assistance, visit the Get Started with MyUH webpage. Before registering, be sure to visit the online Schedule of Classes (SOC) for announcements, deadlines, registration timetables, and instructions.

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I've been trying to register, but I cannot. Why?

There are three common reasons why you cannot register.

Registration Period: You are trying to register during a period when you are not allowed to register. For registration information, go to http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/records/register/register.html.

Registration Hold: You have a hold(s) preventing you from registering. You can see your holds in MyUH and on the “Academic Standing” tab on STAR. For each hold, there is usually a reason and contact information listed. If so, follow up and get the hold lifted. If you cannot find the reason or contact information, contact your college/school academic advisor, who can help you figure out how to get it lifted.

Course Restrictions: You are unable to register for the course because of course restrictions or prerequisite requirements. Courses can be restricted for several reasons, including:

  • Enrollment requires approval from the instructor, program, department, or college.
  • The course requires another course to be taken first (prerequisite).
  • The course requires another course to be taken at the same time (co-requisite).

If you get a registration error, you may be able to solve it on your own. Start by referring to http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/records/register/errors.html. Then try the following:

  • Go to http://manoa.hawaii.edu/records.
  • Click on Registration Step by Step.
  • Click on 6. Review Course Restriction and Prerequisites.
  • Click on Check Class Availability to see if there are any restrictions on the course.
  • Or, click on Registration Errors to learn about the error messages.
  • Contact the Department offering the course with questions regarding eligibility.

If you have further questions, please call the Registration Helpline at 808-956-8010.

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Academic Advising

Who is my advisor, and where is my college/school student academic services office?

At UHM, advisors are experts rather than generalists, which means that all UHM students have at least two advisors: a college/school advisor and a major advisor. If you are part of a special population (e.g., athletes, Honors students, first-generation students, pre-health/pre-law students, etc.), you may have additional advisors.

College/school advisors are located in Student Academic Services offices and track students’ progress, explain policies and procedures, offer resources, and help students navigate their educational journeys. Major advisors are located in their department and explain requirements, opportunities, and career options in their field. Special population advisors are located throughout the campus. For a directory of advising offices, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/academics/advising/. Consult your department to find your major advisor.

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What’s the difference between “degree”, “major”, and “program”? And what are program requirements?

A ‘degree’ is an academic title. At UHM, for example, there are several types of Bachelor degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Education (BEd), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), etc.

A ‘major’ is an area of specialization, so there can be many different majors for each degree type: BA in English, BA in Psychology, BA in Music, etc.

A ‘program’ is a sub-specialization within a major: BA: Music (Composition), BA: Music (Performance), BA: Music (Musicology), etc.

We use the term “program” to refer to a specific course of study, so we talk about ‘program sheets’, which list all of the requirements for a specific course of study.

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Major/Minor/Certificate

How do I choose a major?

Some students know exactly what they want to study before they get to college; others are not as sure and may feel pressured to make a decision. Choosing a major can be difficult since it is a very important decision. You don’t have to figure it out alone — there are lots of resources! Start by working with your advisor in MAC, the Mānoa Advising Center (QLC 101). You can also find help at CC, the Career Center (QLC 212), where you can learn about self-assessment tools and pick up a few “What Can I Do with this Major?” brochures. A list of UHM majors is available at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad/academics/majors.html.

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When do I have to declare my major?

All students should be in a declared major by the start of their junior year. Part of the university experience is exploring the many options available, but in general, the sooner you declare your major, the better prepared you can be to enter your program. In short, as soon as you know the major you want, declare it!

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How do I get admitted to the major I want?

Different majors have different requirements for admission, and the college/school offering the major may have additional requirements and procedures for admission.

    Steps:
  1. Start by checking the major’s program sheet, located at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets. The type of admission for the college/school is listed at the top of the first page; the type of admission for the major is listed at the top of the second page.
  2. Check out the details of those requirements in the UHM Catalog.
  3. Meet with the department’s academic advisor to learn more about the program.
  4. Complete all admission requirements and submit the necessary forms. Be aware of deadline dates!
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How can I change my major?

Majors are housed in colleges and schools. If you want to change to a major that’s in the same college/school as your current major, it may be as easy as talking to your advisor and turning in a “UHM College and Curriculum Transfer Request” form, which is available at your college’s/school’s Student Academic Services office. If, however, you want to move from one college/school to another, you should start by checking the admission requirements for that college/school and talking to one of its academic advisors. Changing may be as simple as filling out a form, but some colleges/schools require a specific application form and sometimes also specific classes, practicum hours, an exam, an interview or audition. So, first step: check out the college/school website (http://manoa.hawaii.edu/academics); next, talk to an advisor at the college/school you want to enter.

Note: the UHM Admissions On-Line Application is only for admission into the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, not for changing colleges, schools, or majors.

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How can I add another major?

If the major you want to add is within your college/school, speak with your advisor; it may be as simple as filling out a form. Adding another major in the same college/school is called a “double” or “second” major.

If the major you want to add is in a different college/school, you will need to submit an application. Adding a major in a different college/school is called a “concurrent” degree and requires an agreement between the two colleges/schools. Students seeking concurrent degrees must complete all requirements in both units, including the college/school requirements for each. Remember that some colleges/schools have specific admission requirements, so start by checking out the websites of both the colleges/school and of the department, then meet with an advisor in the unit you want to add.

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How do I add a minor/certificate?

To add a minor/certificate, pick up the form from your college or school Student Academic Services office (some departments also keep the form on hand) and meet with the advisor for your minor/certificate. After getting the necessary signatures, turn the form into your Student Academic Services office. For a list of possible minors/certificates, visit http://www.catalog.hawaii.edu/degrees/degrees-cert.htm.

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What are the requirements for my major/degree?

Start by visiting the UHM Bachelor Degree Program Sheets/Four-Year Plans website, which lists requirements and shows one possible way to complete them in four years. But remember that an education is more than just a collection of courses: your academic plan should be unique to you. Work with your college/school advisor to learn how to create your own comprehensive plan, including a sequence of courses, internships, capstone experiences, and co-curricular activities.

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General Advising Questions

How many credits should I take each semester?

The minimum to be full-time is 12 credits. To graduate in four years, however, students must average 31 credits per year, or 15–16 credits per semester. Students who take an average of 12 credits per semester will take at least 5 ½ years to graduate.

We recommend that students take 12–14 credits in their first semester in order to allow time to adjust to college, avoid being overwhelmed, and do well academically. Thereafter, students should be able to judge their own capabilities and how many credits they can handle along with any other commitments.

Remember that you can spread your 31 credits per year over three semesters: For example, 12 credits in Fall, 13 credits in Spring, and 6 credits in Summer. You can also take more than 31 credits per year and graduate early. All credits taken beyond the minimum 12 for full-time status are free of charge, so taking 15-18 credits per semester can save you money.

Finally, remember that most types of financial aid have enrollment and credit requirements. Be sure you know how many credits you must take to qualify for your financial aid package.

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What is a “prerequisite”? Where can I find a list of what I need to take?

Prerequisites are foundational courses, test scores, class standing, or consent that must be completed or obtained before you can take a course. You can find course prerequisite information in the course descriptions in the catalog. Near the end of the each description, prerequisites are listed after “Pre:” Requirements that should be taken concurrently will be indicated by “Co-requisite,” which means that the course must be taken at the same time.

NOTE: When a department has a prerequisite common to a large group of courses, it is stated in italics preceding the listing of those courses.

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Am I required to take a second language?

The second language requirement is dependent on the major/degree you are pursuing. Please talk with your college/school advisor as soon as possible about this requirement.

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Can I repeat a course?

Repeating a course is an option for some students depending on the situation. Please talk with your college/school advisor as soon as possible if you are thinking about repeating a course.

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I’m ready to graduate from UH-Mānoa, what do I have to do?

Ideally, students want to do a graduation “check” with their school/college advisor one semester before they intend to graduate. Paperwork must be completed to set up the graduation process so please talk to your college/school advisor.

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