High school students get second chance at UH Mānoa admissions through College Opportunities Program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Michael Maglaya, (808) 956-6186
Director of Communications, College Opportunities Program
Posted: Nov 9, 2015

COP students attend a class in 2013.
COP students attend a class in 2013.

High school seniors and others who have earned a high school diploma who may not meet the minimum entrance requirements for UH Mānoa can get a second chance at admittance through the College Opportunities Program (COP).  The COP online application deadline is Thursday, January 7, 2016. Supporting document deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016.

Participants in this free six-week summer program are housed at the UH Mānoa campus and enrolled in classes designed to upgrade academic and social skills.  Room, board, textbooks and instructional expenses are covered by COP.  The COP 2016 summer residential program runs from July 3, 2016 to August 12, 2016.

Participants who successfully complete the summer program requirements are admitted to UH Mānoa and advance to COP’s First-Year Academic Program in the Fall semester. This past summer, 88% of COP participants successfully completed the summer program and were admitted to UH Mānoa.

During the First-Year Academic Program, students are required to enroll in classes on a full-time basis, live on campus, and attend COP group meetings and individual appointments with COP counselors.  Students benefit from “one-stop” advising services at the COP office on issues related to course registration, career planning and exploration, financial aid, on-campus employment, and a variety of other concerns.  Students are fully responsible for all college-related expenses during the First-Year Academic Program, including tuition and fees, housing, meal plan, books and supplies.

COP began in 1970 at UH Mānoa as part of a national Model Cities Project funded by the federal government.  It has been a state-funded program since 1973, when the Hawai‘i State Legislature authorized general funds for COP to recruit, screen, select and prepare Hawai‘i residents statewide for a “summer and first-year residential college experience” on the Mānoa campus.

The online application is available online at the COP website at www.hawaii.edu/cop. For more information, call 956-6186, send an email to copuhm@hawaii.edu or visit the office at 2600 Campus Road in QLC 308.

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/cop