Incoming Students

Welcome to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa! The Exploratory Program is designed for students who are still narrowing down their options for a major to pursue. Please click through the following sections for additional resources and steps to guide you through the transition to UH Mānoa.

Below are the six different exploratory paths we offer. If you click on a link, you will be able to get more information as well as see the different majors that are related to the path.

The following majors are not included in the Exploratory Paths due to the following reasons: they are newly approved majors; highly competitive majors; majors that involve sequencing; majors that require a high number of specific courses; or cohorted majors.

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Technology
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Secondary Education

If you are considering a specialty program, it is highly recommended that you start on your courses as soon as possible. It is often easier to switch from a specialty program (which may require specific courses, a higher GPA, or specific deadlines) into another major, but not vice versa.

For additional information on these these majors, please visit the “Specialty Programs” page.

To Help you narrow down your options of choosing a designation, we have created a tool to give you a better sense into which exploratory path you might fit into.

Read the questions and select all the answers that apply to you. This test was created to guide students and give them a sense of direction for choosing a possible exploratory path.

1.I’m interested in:

2.In class, I prefer to deal with:

3.High School subjects I enjoyed:

Once you’ve decided on an area of interest you would like to pursue, Click on one of the following links to register:

You can change exploratory paths in which you’re registering for by selecting the “other major” link on the registration page above.

*Fall registration for freshmen will open on: May 15th

ACE Pre-RegistrationLinks:
Cluster 1 Exploratory Arts and HumanitiesClick Here
Cluster 2 Exploratory Arts and HumanitiesClick Here
Cluster 3 Exploratory Social SciencesClick Here
Cluster 4 Exploratory STEMClick Here
Cluster 5 Exploratory: Business & IndustryClick Here
Cluster 6 Exploratory: Social SciencesClick Here
Cluster 7 Exploratory: General ExploratoryClick Here
Cluster 8 Exploratory: General ExploratoryClick Here

UH Registration Process

Below is a tool to help explain the process of registration here at UH Manoa: