Updated: 8/24/20

From the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Office of Admissions

Our world is facing an issue of immense scale and global impact with the evolving uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Students are the core of our university, and we remain committed to their safety, well-being, and success. The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa COVID-19 provides information on teaching, learning, and working on campus as we prepare for a return. Our campus is following the University of Hawai'i System COVID-19 Guidelines. We are closely partnering with our campus, state, and government officials in making sound decisions to protect the public and help prevent a spread of COVID-19.

As of Monday, August 10, 2020, the University of Hawai‘i announced revised plans for Fall 2020. Please see the message from UH President Lassner below.


When UH announced plans for Fall 2020 we expected that the State and the country would be in a better place with respect to controlling COVID-19. We knew then that our highly modified semester would include extensive use of technology, and we also knew that we would need to be flexible. And our faculty responded to the call, already planning for the vast majority of Fall instruction to take place online. In addition, we have reduced the presence of employees on our campuses by staggering presence in offices and enabling many to work from home.

Unfortunately, during these last weeks Hawaiʻi has seen a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases reported, particularly on Oʻahu. UH leadership monitors multiple factors during our regular COVID-19 planning calls. In addition to the case numbers and a number of emergent hotspots, most alarmingly, last Friday two major hospitals reported that their Intensive Care Units (ICUs) were at or near capacity.

UH is therefore announcing the maximal reduction of unnecessary presence on our campuses with the following new directions:

  • Faculty are requested to assess any current requirements for on-campus instruction to determine if those instructional components can be moved online, with the assistance of campus support staff as needed. The only classes conducted wholly or partly in person to start this Fall semester should be those that require physical presence, such as clinical experiences in the health professions, laboratories in the sciences, studios in the arts, and shops in career and technical education. In these and other such cases there must be full adherence to the guidelines released this summer for physical distancing, facial coverings and cleaning/sanitizing.
  • Students are requested to review and revise their Fall course schedules to take all or as many courses online as possible while staying on-track for on-time achievement of their degree or certificate. If there are any questions, students should contact their advisor on their home campus.
  • Employees and supervisors are requested to continue and maximize the use of the COVID-19-work-from-home option indefinitely whenever the necessary work of the university can be done from off-campus.
And of course, we urgently need EVERYONE to promote the health of our community through safe practices: stay home if you are sick; wear a facial covering; and wash your hands. More information will be forthcoming about daily on-line check-ins via a new UH app or website.

UH is essential to helping the state recover from the social and economic impacts of this pandemic and to shaping a positive future for Hawaiʻi. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been focused on the health and safety of our students and employees even as we have remained committed to our absolutely critical mission of excellence in education, research and service to our islands. These new directions continue our commitments while responding to the reality of the latest developments of the pandemic in Hawaiʻi.

E mālama pono,
David Lassner
UH President

At this time, for the safety of our students and community, our campus doors are shuttered. Although we are unable to offer in-person services, weʻve gone virtual! We are operating in a virtual landscape and available during normal business hours. Please do not hesitate to connect with us if you have any questions or concerns by emailing or connect with us at our virtual desk Monday-Friday, 8AM-4PM (HST).

Below are important announcements, which we will keep updated as new information becomes available:

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Modified Quarantine Guidelines

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Fall 2020 FAQ

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If you are having difficulty providing required application materials due to COVID-19 interruptions, please contact We will handle these concerns on a case-by-case basis and are committed to being as flexible as possible with our applicants. In addition, financial aid offers are currently being emailed to your “” email address. If you have any concerns or questions regarding financial aid, please email



We are excited to welcome our newest Rainbow Warriors, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be notifying applicants of their admission decision online. Admission decisions will not be sent via postal mail and sent via email only.


Applications for Fall 2021 will be available September 1, 2020. For propsective freshman students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, test scores will not be required. Freshman applicants will have the option of submitting test scores as part of their admissions application.


All campus visits and admissions information sessions are unfortunately canceled. We apologize as we were looking forward to meeting with you. Learn more about our campus, virtually!



Campus officials have placed a ban on all travel and any social gatherings of 100+ attendees. Therefore, all Admitted Student Receptions (ASRs) and Summer Send-Off events have been canceled. We apologize for this inconvenience as we were looking forward to connecting with you. In lieu of our receptions, we are putting together live webinars we hope are helpful and insightful. Whether you are a prospective student or accepted student, we have webinar sessions available for you to check out!