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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answer to some frequently asked questions in the admission office.

How do I apply to UH Mānoa and what is the admission application deadline?

Review the prospective student application process and deadlines for:

Where should I mail my application and supporting documents?
Mail application materials to:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822-2385

How long does it take to process my application?

Admissibility will be determined once we receive all required application materials. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis which means applicants are notified as soon as possible after a decision has been made. Please note certain majors may take additional time to process if the college or school is also reviewing the application.

How do I check the status of my application?
  • By phone: 808-956-8975 or toll-free 1-800-823-9771
  • In person: Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 001
    • Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. HST, Monday-Friday (excluding state holidays)
What is considered an "official" high school or college transcript?

We consider a transcript official if it is sent to us directly by the issuing high school or college. If you submit a transcript with your application, it is not considered official. Faxed transcripts are not considered official.

Can freshmen and transfers apply for either semester?

Yes. Freshman and transfer students can apply for admission in both the fall and spring semesters.

Do I need to reapply if I was previously accepted for a different semester?

Yes, you need to reapply. Acceptance is valid for the semester of application only.

Does UH Mānoa accept the General Education Diploma (GED)?

Yes, we accept the GED.

What do I need to submit to apply for freshman admission?

Visit the freshman admission process to review the application checklist.

What are the minimum requirements for freshman admission to UH Mānoa?

Visit the freshman admission process to review the application checklist.

If I take the SAT or ACT more than once, how will the scores be used?

We take your highest scores from any test date taken in the same format. For example, if you score a 520 for Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and a 490 for Math on your first SAT test date and a 500 for Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and a 510 for Math on your second SAT test date, the scores used for admission will be 520 Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and 510 Math.

Note: SAT scores taken before March 2016 cannot be combined with those March 2016 and after.

Will I be denied admission as a freshman if I do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA or SAT/ACT scores?

Admissions officers will look at your application and supporting documents as a whole to determine admissibility. The rigor of your high school academic courses will also be evaluated.

Positive letters of recommendation on your behalf from teachers and counselors who are aware of your academic potential will support your admission file. A written statement explaining why you feel you will succeed at the university will also be considered.

Does UH Mānoa offer credit for Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB)?
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits are based on your AP exam scores. Visit Advanced Placement Examinations for more information on what scores are accepted.
  • To be eligible for credit, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams must be taken before you complete 24 semester hours of college level work. Three semester credits at the introductory level will be granted based on the stated minimum scores. Specific course equivalents are determined by the college in which you are enrolled. Visit College Level Examination Program(CLEP) for more information.
  • UH Mānoa grants credits and/or waivers on the basis of International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level examinations. Visit International Baccalaureate for more information.
What is the Self-Reported Application?

The Self-Reported Application (SRA) was created to allow students the opportunity to report their high school curriculum, test scores, and GPA for admissions purposes.

A full validation of the material submitted on a SRA will be required before a student can register for classes.

Why should I fill out the Self-Reported Application?

Completing the Self-Reported Application will allow the University to make admissions decisions in a shorter timeframe.

What do I need to submit to apply for admission as a transfer student?

Visit the transfer admission process to review the application checklist.

What are the minimum requirements for transfer admission to UH Mānoa?

Visit the transfer admission process to review the admission requirements.

Will I keep my grade point average (GPA) from previous colleges after I enroll at UH Mānoa?

No. Your GPA is used for admittance purposes only. Your UH Mānoa GPA will be based only on those courses taken at UH Mānoa.

If I don't want to transfer credits from a college I previously attended, do I need to send a transcript?

You are required to send transcripts from all the colleges and schools you have attended.

My current college operates on a quarter system. How do my credits convert to the semester system?
Quarter Credits Semester Credits
10.667
21.33
32.00
42.66
53.33
How will I know what courses will transfer to UH Mānoa?

Credits are evaluated after you are admitted and have confirmed your intention to enroll. Use the transfer credit search to check your credits online.
Note: Courses not included in the database may also be evaluated for transferability.

What states qualify for the WUE program?

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States*

*Only the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) can participate in the WUE at this time.

Who is eligible for WUE?

Applicants who are current legal residents from one of the above states and are seeking their first bachelor’s degree are eligible for WUE. Visit Western Undergraduate Exchange for more information.

Note: Students cannot obtain Hawaiʻi residency while on WUE.

What majors are available in WUE?

All classified undergraduate programs are eligible except Dental Hygiene and Nursing.

How do I maintain my status in this program?

You must remain in good academic standing and register for at least one credit each semester. If there is a break in attendance, not including summer, you must reapply for WUE.

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