We do not use a formula of your GPA, class rank and SAT I or ACT score to make an admissions decision. We take a more holistic approach. When reviewing your transcripts we consider not just your GPA but also the strength of your class schedule, SAT I and/or ACT results, extracurricular activities, the personal statement you provide and your academic area of interest. An admissions decision is made based on all of these factors. Our priority deadline for fall semester is March 1st, however, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis year-round. Once your application is complete it usually takes two weeks for an admissions decision, depending upon the time of year. If you have questions regarding your admissions decision, contact the admissions office with the link on the right of this page.
We recommend that prospective students complete four years of English, three years of history or social science, three years of math, and three years of natural science. HPU encourages students to take honors classes and Advanced Placement (AP) courses if available at their high school. Students who have taken AP examinations or higher level courses in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program should have the results forwarded to the Office of Admissions. These results will be evaluated for proper advanced standing and/or credit
Admissions into Marine Biology, Oceanography, and Environmental Science majors:
For admission to these scientifically rigorous majors as a freshman with regular status, students must have a secondary school record that clearly demonstrates both ability and motivation. In addition to satisfying all the regular Hawai'i Pacific University requirements, students must have completed three years of high school science courses including biology, chemistry (physics is recommended), and mathematics through trigonometry (calculus is recommended), with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in these courses.Application:
1. Complete the application for admission in its entirety. Pay the application fee by check or by credit card.
2. Submit official high school transcript.
3. SAT I or ACT scores are required for U.S. students applying directly from high school. If these scores are not posted on your transcript, please contact the appropriate testing office to have your scores sent directly to HPU
4. The personal statement is your opportunity to let the admissions committee know more about yourself. You may submit writing samples, a personal essay or poetry, it is up to you on how you wish to express yourself. There is no set length required.
5. Letters of recommendation may be submitted but are not required for all applicants. You will be notified if letters of recommendation are required to complete your application.
Although we do not have a set deadline for applying to the University, it is recommended that students apply at least 2 to 5 months prior to the start of the term they are interested in.