Prospective Students

Transfer Requirements

General Transfer Admission Requirements

Students who are transferring from other universities or colleges must have a preferred minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.75 for admissions and have submitted official transcripts from each previously attended school. Admission to Hawai'i Pacific University will be based solely on post-secondary record, if 24 or more transferable university-level credits have been completed. Students with fewer than 24 transferable credits must provide high school transcripts for evaluation purposes. These students will be evaluated primarily on their high school records, similar to the evaluation of incoming freshmen. While the cumulative GPA is used to decide admission into HPU, only credits from previous regionally-accredited colleges will transfer.

HPU reviews applications on a "rolling" basis; although we do not have a set deadline for applying to the university it is recommended that transfer students apply at least three to six months prior to the start of the term in which they are interested.

If you would like to find out how your credits will transfer to HPU, please visit this page.

Marine Biology, Oceanography, or Environmental Science Majors

Transfer students meeting normal HPU admission requirements and with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater in science and mathematics courses at the post-secondary level will be admitted to these majors with regular status. Students with a science and mathematics GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 in post-secondary work will be admitted with a provisional status. Students with a science and mathematics GPA less than 2.0 will not be admitted into these majors. Transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable credits or with few science and mathematics courses must provide secondary school transcripts for admission purposes. These students will be assessed primarily on their secondary school records, similar to the evaluation of incoming freshmen.

Nursing Major

Transfer students meeting normal HPU admissions requirements and with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher will be considered for admission into the HPU College of Nursing and Health Sciences, while transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable credits must provide (a) secondary school transcript(s) for admission purposes. These students will be assessed primarily on their secondary school records, similar to the evaluation of incoming freshmen. Students with a transfer GPA below 2.75 in post-secondary work will be considered with a provisional status.

How to Apply:

Students who have completed their pre-requisite course work at a university or college other than HPU must apply to both the nursing program and university for admission. All applicants for the nursing program must first apply for admission to the university via the online application www.hpu.edu/applynow .  The student will also need to complete an application for the nursing program via NursingCAS (http://www.nursingcas.org/ ). Only those applicants who are deemed admissible to the university will be considered for admission into the BSN program. Successful applicants will be notified of admission to the nursing program once all applications have been reviewed.

Applications for the BSN program are accepted twice a year, in the fall and spring, for admission the following semester. The deadline for application for fall semester is February 28 and the deadline for application for spring semester is October 15.

Once accepted into HPU, students must fulfill the necessary criteria for progression into Level 1 Nursing courses. For more information on the School of Nursing and its criteria please visit www.hpu.edu/nursing, and click on the BSN Admission Fact Sheet for additional details on the entry into the BSN major.

Articulation Agreements

Hawai'i Pacific University has close to 100 agreements with various institutions throughout the United States and internationally, recognizing various programs and guaranteeing transfer credits for courses completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.

Hawai'i Pacific University has several program to program agreements with the community colleges in Hawai'i. Students are able to view how the courses from their community college will be used in the major programs at HPU. Program to Program Agreements allow students a general scope of direct equivalencies, how they apply, and how many courses may be needed to complete the degree at HPU. To view our program to program agreements, click here.

Hawai‘i Pacific University recognizes the completion of the general education core for most majors through conferral of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or a Bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S.)*. Students will have fulfilled all general education courses, with the exception of pre-requisite and/or lower division requirements toward the major at HPU, unless a direct equivalent was taken previously. The university also recognizes the California Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (I.G.E.T.C.). Completion of IGETC may satisfy the majority of the general education core for most majors, however, some additional courses may be required.

Students must also complete their last 30 semester hours in residence at HPU, regardless of the amount of transfer credit granted.

*All applicable degrees must be received from a regionally accredited school and courses completed with “C-“ or higher.
Students must also complete their last 30 semester hours in residence at HPU, regardless of the amount of transfer credit granted.