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 secondary school transcripts for evaluation purposes. These students will be evaluated primarily on their secondary 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 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.
Transfer Admission Requirements for International Students
Previous studies at educational institutions outside the U.S. may qualify international students to receive transfer credits (advanced standing) at HPU. HPU evaluates post-high school studies completed outside the U.S. on a case-by-case basis. Please click here for more information
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hawai‘i Pacific University also recognizes the completion of the general education core for most majors through conferral of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, and/or the California Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (I.G.E.T.C.) from regionally accredited schools. 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.
Students must also complete their last 30 semester hours in residence at HPU, regardless of the amount of transfer credit granted.