UH Community College students benefit from automatic admission

University of Hawaiʻi
Jodi Leong , (808) 492-0597
Dir of Communications, External Affairs and University Relations
Posted: Feb 3, 2015


Honolulu, Hawai‘i – The University of Hawai‘i (UH) announced today that nearly 2,000 eligible community college students were offered admission to any of the university’s four-year campuses through the automatic admission program. Using UH’s degree audit system known as STAR, students who meet the automatic admission criteria are being identified and notified beginning February 2, 2015 and given a deadline of March 2, 2015 to accept the offer. Over the past five years, more than 18,000 students received automatic admission offers and nearly 5,000 students used the program to transfer to UH Mānoa, UH Hilo or UH West O‘ahu.

“The goal of the automatic admission program was simply to remove barriers for our students,” said Joanne Itano, associate vice president for academic affairs. “Community colleges are increasingly a primary entry point for students who transfer to UH four-year campuses and this program offers them a streamlined process.”

Automatic admission allows UH Community College students who are completing their associate in arts or select associate in science degrees to transfer to a UH four-year campus without having to reapply. Since the process is done electronically, the application fee is waived, saving students between $50 and $70. STAR notifies students who are eligible via email and students electronically select the campus to which they would like to transfer and their intended major. This simplifies the transfer process for students wishing to continue on their path towards a four-year degree.

The automatic admission program was conceptualized at UH’s flagship campus, UH Mānoa, and is part of UH’s Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative (HGI) that aims to increase the number of citizens with a college degree or certificate and meet the state’s goal of seeing 55 percent of working-age adults holding a two- or four-year degree by the year 2025.

For more information on HGI and other campus initiatives, please visit www.hawaii.edu/hawaiigradinitiative.

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