Hawai‘i Pacific University and Maryknoll School Offer Associate of Arts Degree with High School Diploma

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Beginning this fall, Maryknoll School is the first independent private K-12 school to partner with Hawai‘i Pacific University to offer high school students the opportunity to earn a college Associate of Arts in General Studies degree when they graduate. This option will give Maryknoll students a running start toward a four-year college degree and can provide significant savings of up to two years’ worth of time and college tuition.

Qualified Maryknoll juniors and seniors who complete 60 credit hours of HPU required and elective subjects will be able to obtain the associate degree at no additional cost beyond Maryknoll School’s tuition. Maryknoll students who do not choose to complete 60 HPU credit hours can still take HPU courses for dual credit toward both high school graduation and college at no additional cost. Maryknoll students who participate in the associate degree or dual credit pathway will take HPU courses at HPU’s downtown Honolulu campus.

Six Maryknoll juniors with outstanding academic records have chosen to participate in the Associate of Arts program starting this fall.

“Preparing students to succeed in the world of tomorrow means schools need to be innovative in providing options and pathways for them to pursue their dreams,” said Perry Martin, president of Maryknoll School. “We are excited to partner with Hawai‘i Pacific University in offering this accelerated pathway toward a four-year college degree that can save time and costs for families. National trends show that greater numbers of students are earning college credit while in high school. The HPU associate degree and dual credit program are the latest additions to our robust array of options for Maryknoll students to customize their high school experience and prepare for the careers of the future.”

The HPU Associate of Arts in General Studies can be tailored to lead directly into most bachelor’s degree programs at HPU and other universities, and focuses on skills and knowledge in the core subject areas of science, math and the humanities.

“HPU’s partnership with Maryknoll is a part of our commitment to approach higher education in an innovative way by giving students the ability to create personalized academic experiences, expedite the attainment of a college degree and equip graduates with the experience and skills to succeed,” said John Gotanda, president of HPU. “We look forward to welcoming Maryknoll students to our vibrant learning community.”

Pictured above: Inaugural group of Maryknoll School students enrolled in the HPU AA Degree program with HPU College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education Assistant Dean Yvonne Vance (left) and Dean Mani Sehgal, A.B.D. (right)