Admission Requirements and the Application ProcessHPU has a rolling admission process which means there are no set deadlines, and reviews applications throughout the year. In order to ensure adequate time for evaluation and correspondence, it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted early.
On this page you will find information about International Admission Requirements for:
Undergraduate Student | Transfer Student | Visiting Student | Returning Student
Exchange Student | Graduate Student
|UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS|
|Below you will find detailed admission requirements for first-time freshmen, students who just finished high school.
Accepted Grade Point Average (GPA)
First-time freshmen are expected to have the American equivalent of 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (approximately 65%) or above in their secondary (senior or high school) education.
Proof of English Proficiency
International students that meet the academic requirements of the University must prove their English proficiency before beginning an academic degree program. For a list if recognized English proficiency tests, please click here.
Important! If the applicant has not met the minimum language requirements for admissions, they will need to enroll in the
ELS Language Center program. Completion of level 112 will be necessary for full enrollment at Hawaii Pacific University.
Attention AP and IB Students!
Students who have taken Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) of the College Board or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will be accepted with above average scores (AP grades higher than 3 and IB scores higher than 4) and should have the results forwarded to the Office of International Admissions. These results will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for proper advanced standing and/or credit from HPU.
Official transcripts or international equivalent records (such as HKCEE, SPM, SMA, Abitur, "O" and "A" levels, etc.) may be submitted electronically or by mail.
You can complete an Undergraduate Application Form or apply online by filling out our Online Undergraduate Application.
Please submit a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. For a complete list of accepted payment options, please click here.
An official copy of a bank statement showing that you (or your sponsor) have an account which holds sufficient funds to cover the total estimated costs may be submitted electronically or by mail.
You must also submit the Statement of Financial Sponsorship, which is part of the undergraduate application form.
If you apply online, please fill out this form separately.
International students who want to study in the USA are required to have health insurance coverage. Although not required for your admission, health insurance is mandatory and is required for all regular (Fall and Spring) semesters of your studies in the United States. Click on the link to find out more about the health insurance and immunization requirements.
Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity
Full-time degree-seeking and transfer are automatically evaluated for HPU's merit based scholarships.
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|TRANSFER ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS|
|International transfer students are those who come to HPU from other regionally accredited colleges or universities. To be considered for admission to HPU, transfer students need to have at least 24 credits/semester hours of college level, academic coursework from an accredited institution.
Applicants who have attended any post-secondary institution (college, university, technical institute, etc.) will be evaluated based upon this work in combination with their performance in secondary school. Transfer students should submit their transcripts along with the application for admission. Based upon these transcripts, a decision will be made about acceptance and also about exemption from course work at HPU. Transfer students should also check with the institution they are attending or have attended to see if there is already an articulation agreement with HPU (formal transfer agreement) in place.
To be able to evaluate your coursework or degree from your country, please submit your complete application which includes an official transcripts in your native language as well as an official translated English version. You may submit these documents electronically or by mail.
If you are transferring from a non-U.S. university or college, it is required that you provide an official description of each course in English. Credits will be awarded based on a formal evaluation.
If you have any questions about your credit evaluation, please contact our international undergraduate evaluator Jeffrey Ho at email@example.com. The evaluator will need to see a copy of your transcripts and course descriptions in English.
Please see Undergraduate Application Checklist.
|VISITING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS|
|Visiting students are those who want to spend one or two semesters in an international environment. Visiting Student applicants must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent or have started a college degree with an accepted grade point average (GPA).
Accepted Grade Point Average (GPA)
International applicants are expected to have the American equivalent of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (approximately 65%) or above in their secondary (senior or high school) education.
Proof of English Proficiency
TOEFL or equivalent test is required for this program! Please click on the link to find out what English Proficiency Tests are recognized by HPU.
Note: If the applicant has not met the minimum language requirements for admissions, they will need to enroll in the ELS program. Once a student reaches level 110 or above, they may begin taking HPU courses concurrently. Completion of level 112 will be necessary for full enrollment at HPU.
Attention Students with Government Funding
If you receive government funding, and/or want to transfer HPU courses back to your home university, you should take an English proficiency test in your country and submit the results (original or certified) along with your visiting student application. Submission of acceptable test results exempts you from taking ELS courses and ensures that you will be able to pre-register and enroll in academic courses.
Please complete a Visiting Student Online Application.
Payment of Fees
Payment of your non-refundable $50 application fee and $200 pre-registration deposit is required to submit your online application.
Please mail an original or certified copy of a bank statement showing that you (or your sponsor) have an account which holds sufficient funds to cover the total estimated costs. Please see our Statement of Financial Sponsorship Form for the total estimated costs.
Official transcripts or international equivalent (such as HKCEE, SPM, SMA, Abitur, "O" and "A" level results, etc) may be submitted electronically or by mail.
Selection of classes should be made only from current class-offering lists which are posted for each academic term at least three months prior to its start.
The level of courses you can take at HPU depends on your educational background and your English proficiency. Courses for upcoming semesters are posted at least three months in advance of the beginning of each term. Typically, courses numbered 1000-2900 are open to high school graduates or first year college students. Courses numbered 3000-4990 are reserved for students who have completed at least their second year of college. Graduate courses (numbered 6000 and above) are open only to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
|RETURNING STUDENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS|
|Students who have been enrolled at HPU, but have left the United States for 5 months or longer, must request a new I-20 before returning to school.
Applying for a new I-20
In order to receive a new I-20, you will need to resubmit a new Statement of Financial Support Form (Degree Seeking or Visiting) and original financial/bank document, which verifies proof of financial support from you or your sponsor. Please refer to the following link for the latest tuition and I-20 total for the academic year: Please also note that the original bank document(s) should be no more than six months old.
Be sure to indicate your full legal name as shown on your passport, and include your permanent address in your country, a valid phone number where we can reach you and a note about your intended return date and semester. If you have any updated or new transcripts you may include them as well. Include a copy of your passport.
Please submit documents electronically to:
Or by mail to:
Hawai'i Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 - U.S.A.
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA
Tel: +1 (808) 544-0238
Fax: +1 (808) 543-8065