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Student Success Initiatives

UH West Oʻahu understands that the strength of our institution is measured by the success of our students, with success largely determined by student retention and graduation rates. The institution is also committed to the UH System Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative (HGI) which calls for an increase in the educational capital of the state by increasing the participation and completion of students, particularly Native Hawaiians, low-income students and those from underserved regions and populations and preparing them for success in the workforce and their communities. The following student success initiatives have been designed to promote the academic success and degree completion of all students, as well as help contribute to meeting the expectations of the UH System Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative.


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing States and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.


GEAR UP is a Federal education partnership grant to prepare the class of 2023 students on the Leeward Coast to be academically, socially, and financially prepared to enter and complete the post secondary program or institution of their choice. UH West O’ahu GEAR UP in partnership with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area, Kamehameha Schools, DimensionU, Hawaiian Community Assets, Bank of Hawaiʻi and partnering community colleges will provide academic readiness and college access services to a cohort of 500+ students at Nānākuli High and Intermediate School and Waiʻanae Intermediate School.

GEAR UP strongly believes that young people who start planning in middle school have a better chance of entering college and completing their degrees.

GEAR UPs three objectives are:

  • Increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education.
  • Increase high school graduation and postsecondary participation rates.
  • Increase students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and finances.

Jean Javellana, Program Director
Phone: (808) 689-2689

Summer Academy

UH West O‘ahu has a strong commitment to our local high school students by developing innovative programs to help them prepare, transition and eventually succeed in college. The Summer Academy is one of UH West O‘ahu’s signature programs that help local high school graduates get an early start on the college experience. There are normally several different programs to choose from depending on theme or criteria. Some programs are designed around traditional themes such as effective writing or college algebra, while others may focus on an area of interest to one of our talented faculty members who wish to inspire the next generation.

Freshman Schedules & Learning Communities

Freshman Schedules & Learning Communities are offered to all new incoming freshmen for the fall semester. Schedules can include up to four traditional first-year classes with a minimum of 12 credits. Students are guaranteed a full-time schedule of classes that will count towards graduation.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation offers freshmen and transfer students an opportunity to learn more about the university as well as well as connect with their advisors for guidance on their chosen programs of study. Freshman Advising and Orientation is mandatory for all freshmen. Transfer Student Pre-Registration Workshops provides assistance to transfer students with their academic plans and understanding the requirements for their degrees.

PUEO Leadership Program

The PUEO (Peer Undergraduate Engagement and Orientation) leadership program is a peer mentor program dedicated to helping new freshmen adjust to college life.

Pueo Scholars

The Pueo Scholars advisors are committed to serving first-time, first-year traditional freshmen and transfer students from Waiʻanae High School, Nānākuli High and Intermediate School, and Ma‘o Organic Farms students transitioning into the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu. Pueo Scholars serves as a conduit to allow growth, leadership, and advancement in an all-inclusive manner that addresses their developmental, psychosocial, and educational needs. Pueo Scholars regularly assesses co-curricular programs and services designed towards providing a smooth transition into UH West Oʻahu with continuous ongoing support for successful academic triumphs during the first year at UH West Oʻahu. Pueo Scholars recognizes the unique characteristics of first-time, first-year freshmen and transfer students, and seeks to promote student learning, engagement, and satisfaction to ensure retention and persistence through graduating with their college degree.

New Student Programs

New Student Programs at UH West O‘ahu offers support services and programs that help freshmen transition from high school to college, and build the foundation for continued academic success. Programs are designed to put students on a path to graduation even before the first day of class and include:

Mandatory Freshman Orientation sessions, presented by PUEO Leaders, where students receive assistance with class registration, advising, an introduction to student life at UH West O‘ahu, and other valuable information.

‘Ohana Orientation, sessions where parents and family members of new students are invited to attend and have the opportunity to meet UH West O‘ahu administrators, faculty, staff, and current UH West O‘ahu students to ask questions and learn about campus support services.

Early Intervention Program, a program that works with UH West Oʻahu faculty members to identify freshmen who are having academic challenges in the first month of the semester. The First Year Experience partners with advisors to contact and offer these freshmen resources and support services to improve academic performance.

Student Affairs
Phone: (808) 689-2689

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