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High School Early Admission

The University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu provides educational opportunities for high school juniors and seniors through the Early Admission Program. Open to students attending both public and private schools, the program is intended to supplement a student’s high school curriculum allowing them to enroll concurrently in UH West O‘ahu courses while still in high school. Students are eligible to attend college classes during the fall, spring and summer sessions. This program has three options, Running Start, Early College and Early Admit.

Open only to students attending a public Hawai‘i high school, the Running Start Program is a unique partnership between the Department of Education and the UH system.  Running Start allows eligible high school students to take a college course at the UH West O‘ahu campus as part of their high school coursework. Upon completion of their UH West O‘ahu course, students will receive both college credit and high school credit which can be used to meet their graduation requirements.

Early College is open to students attending a public Hawai‘i high school and allows students to take college courses delivered on their high school campus. Students who successfully complete the college class receive both high school and college credit.

Early Admit is open to public and private high school and homeschooled students and allows students to take college courses on the UH West O‘ahu campus. Early Admit students who successfully complete the college class receive college credit.

Interested students should speak with their high school counselor for more information

Please Note: All Running Start and Early Admit students register for course(s) on a space available basis generally one week before the semester begins. Course availability is limited due to priority registration for degree-seeking students.

How to Apply

Running Start and Early Admit

Students must submit:

Early College

Students must submit:

Admission Requirements

High School Freshmen & Sophomores

  1. Minimum cumulative 2.7 high school GPA (4.0 scale)
  2. Minimum ACT Composite score of 18 or higher

High School Juniors

  1. Minimum cumulative 2.7 high school GPA (4.0 scale)
  2. Completed the following high school courses:
    • 2 years of English
    • 2 years of Math (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II)
    • 2 years of Physical Science
    • 2 years of Social Studies
    • 1 year of College Prep (Art, Music, Language, or additional courses listed above)

High School Seniors

  1. Minimum cumulative 2.7 high school GPA (4.0 scale)
  2. Completed the following high school courses:
    • 3 years of English
    • 2 years of Math (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II) and currently registered for 3rd year
    • 3 years of Physical Science
    • 3 years of Social Studies
    • 1 year of College Prep (Art, Music, Language, or additional courses listed above)
  3. Under the age of 21 as of Sept. 1
  4. Student must meet the prerequisites for the UH West O‘ahu course of interest

Important Deadlines

Application Deadlines

March 1 – Summer and Fall enrollment

October 1 – Spring enrollment

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