How to Apply to the University of Hawaii

Surrounded by beaches, mountains, and the "Aloha Spirit", going to college in Hawaii sounds like a dream. Established in 1907 and known as "UH" to residents and locals, people from around the world attend the various campuses in the 50th state. Here is how to apply to the University of Hawaii.


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    Research on the different majors and degrees each college offers. Some may be stronger in accounting and business, while others are offer more computer and technology based degrees. Kapiolani Community College is known for their culinary and medical careers, as opposed to Honolulu Community College, which is more geared towards mechanical and industrial careers.
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    Complete admission requirements. Each university has their own requirements for undergraduates and graduates. All schools have different categories for residents and non-residents of Hawaii, international students, and students with visas. It's highly recommended to double check on the college's website.
    • Health requirements include a valid Tuberculosis (TB) Examination and a Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Immunization record. Both records are mandatory for every college application.
    • Achieve the minimum requirements for grade point averages (GPA), SAT and ACT scores, and other tests. Each UH college has their own score requirements, especially transferring within the system and from other schools. There are also different requirements for the Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores.
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    Complete the application form and mail all documents to the appropriate admissions' office. It is important to verify when application forms are due for the specific semester you wish to enter. Registration fees, as well as late registration fees are different for each school and are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you are an incoming freshman to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, you will also need to fill out a "Self Reported Application Supplement" form, which can be accessed here. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this PDF file. Be sure to attach any high school or college transcripts, if applicable.
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    Check if you are eligible for Financial Aid. Tuition, book, and room fees can add up every year and all students are welcome to see if they're eligible for financial assistance. All campuses uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid system.
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    Learn about the MyUH portal. The MyUH portal is the University of Hawaii online system that is mandatory for all students to have access to. Creating an account will enable you to view all records (applications, tuition status, financial aid records, transferable credits, etc) as well as all class grades. If you transfer from one school to another within the University of Hawaii system, your past records will be categorized in the correct section.


  • The University of Hawaii system has a wide ethnic diversity of students, with the majority being Japanese, Filipino, Caucasian, and Hawaiian.

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