Visit Honors Mākālei to start your Honors Student journey!

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have a cumulative high school G.P.A of 3.5 or higher.  Our ideal students have been involved in a range of extra and co-curricular activities throughout their education, including leadership roles, volunteering, employment, international exchanges, and more.  Many of our students take AP or other college level courses during high school.  If you feel you meet these requirements you are encouraged to apply to our Honors Program.  If you have any questions about this please schedule a “Prospective Student” appointment with one of our advisors.

You should apply as a First Year Honors Student for our full 4-year program if you have earned fewer than 43 college credits.

When to apply

If you are entering UHM in the SPRING SEMESTER you should apply by

  • November 1st

If you are entering UHM in the FALL SEMESTER you should apply by

Note: Priority registration for Fall semester course registration and Honors housing priority will be given to students who complete their Honors applications including Honors interview by May 1.

Honors will continue to process applicants over the summer, but students are encouraged to complete their application process (including admission interview) by June 15th.

  • JUNE 15th – Final deadline for the FALL SEMESTER entry

When you complete your Honors application via Honors Mākālei you will be asked to provide the following:


  • A completed Online Application Form


  • An academic reference in the form of a Recommendation Letter/Form completed by an instructor or other appropriate figure.
  • Please ensure that your recommender completes and submits the recommendation – please discuss your application to Honors with them!


  • Once the above are received you will be instructed to schedule an Interview & Talk Story meeting with an Honors Faculty/Advisor regarding your application.
  • Meetings are available via Zoom or in person at UHM.
  • Please keep in mind that ALL meetings will be scheduled according to Hawai‘i Standard Time.