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If you are interested in the actual academic process about transferring to UH Mānoa, there are several institutional programs to make that process smoother, namely Auto Admit (Auto Admissions) and the Kaʻieʻie Program.

It is important that students start planning their transition to UH Mānoa with an advisor at least 1-2 semesters before they transfer. For UH system transfer students there are a couple different options when applying to UH Mānoa. Auto Admit or Automatic Admission is an initiative that allows UH System community college students to transition directly to UH Mānoa without having to pay the $70 application fee.

Criteria for Automatic Admission

  • 2.0 GPA or above
  • More than 50 credits total, 100 level and above, earned or in progress
  • More than 12 institutional credits, 100 level and above, earned or in progress
  • Enrolled in a Associates of Art degree program
  • Students who are not already at a 4 year institution
  • 93% completion of STAR Grad Requirements
  • 96% completion of STAR Core Requirements

**Note: A few Associates of Sciences degrees are also eligible for Automatic Admissions. See the table below for a listing – these are subject to change. Please contact each institution for more information.

Automatic Admission Deadlines

Automatic Admissions offers are made once a semester excluding summer.  Students are given 1 month to respond to the offer, if the offer is NOT accepted and the student doesnʻt already transfer to UH Mānoa or West Oahu, only 1 more automatic admission offer will issued. The second auto-admit offer will be generated by STAR one academic year after the first auto-admit offer was sent out. So if you received an automatic admissions offer in the Fall you wonʻt receive the second offer until the following Fall.

September 15 (for Spring)
February 15 (for Fall)
Offers of automatic admission sent to students
October 15 (for Spring)
March 15 (for Fall)
Acceptance of automatic admission offer due
November 15 (for Spring)
April 15 (for Fall)
Submission of intent to register due

The second option for community college students to gain admission into UH Mānoa is the standard transfer application process.

Standard Transfer Application Process

What is the Standard Transfer Application Process?

The standard transfer application process consists of community college students applying directly to UH Mānoa.  Through this process UH system community college students must submit the following to the UH Mānoa Admissions Office, a completed  UH system application, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended and the $70 application fee.

There are no criteria for students to be eligible for the Standard Transfer Application Process, except those outlined earlier in the “Am I a Transfer Student” section.

Transfer Student definition

Completed 24 or more transferable credits, or completed at least 12 semester transferable credits and have at least 12 semester transferable credits in progress.

Students who decide to go through the standard transfer application process may apply to UH Mānoa in either the Fall or Spring semesters.

Standard Transfer Application Checklist

  1. University of Hawaiʻi System Admission Application
    Apply online
  2. Application Fee $70
    The application fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, and valid only for the semester indicated on the application. Students will need to send a money order or check payable to the University of Hawaiʻi or download the credit card authorization form to pay for the application fee of $70.
  3. Transcripts
    Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the student’s college or university to UH Mānoa. Students are required to submit transcripts from each post-secondary institution they have attended (excluding any University of Hawaiʻi System institution).
    Unofficial, faxed, hand-carried, or student copies of academic documents will not be accepted.

Mail application materials to:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions & Records
2600 Campus Road, Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822-2385

Standard Transfer Application Process Deadlines

January 5 Fall semester applications due for international applicants and for priority consideration*
May 1            All Fall admission applications due
September 1
Spring semester applications due for international applicants and for priority consideration*
October 1 All Spring admission applications due

**We encourage all applicants to apply for priority consideration. Applying by this deadline increases student chances of receiving financial aid and student housing.

Unsure about which route to take to get to UH Mānoa?

See the side-by-side comparison of Automatic Admission and the Standard Transfer Application Process.

Automatic Admission vs. Standard Transfer Application Process

Automatic Admissions

Standard Transfer Application Process

UHM Application Fee Waived $70
Who is eligible Applicants who are in their final semester of their Associates degree Applicants who have completed or are in process of completing, 24+ credits of transferable coursework.
Application Period Fall: 2/15 – 3/15
Spring:9/15 – 10/15
Fall: Rolling until 5/1
Spring: Rolling until 10/1
Register @ UH Mānoa Register with new transfer students Register with new transfer students
Tuition Deposit Yes – $200 Yes – $200
UHM Transfer Evaluation Credits evaluated when tuition deposit is sent Credits evaluated when tuition deposit is sent
GPA Requirement 2.0 Resident
2.5 Non-resident
2.0 Resident
2.5 Non-resident
Eligibility Students who are graduating with an AA or AS qualified degree or who have at least 54 credits completed by the end of the semester and a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students cannot have a prior college degree or prior history of suspension/dismissal from the transfer institution. If you are currently or were previously enrolled at a college or university other than UHM and have completed 24+ transferable credits, or at least 12 transferable credits and have at least 12 semester transferable credits in progress.
Application Email invitation sent to email, application in STAR “Advisor Notes” Apply online
Benefits No application fee
Easy application process
Longer application period
Notes International & students applying to a college with an earlier deadline should apply through traditional process then accept auto-admit to get their application fee reimbursed. International & students applying to a college with an earlier deadline should meet the earlier deadline.


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