Transfer Credits

  • HPU will consider all courses completed with a grade of "C-" or above from regionally accredited colleges and universities for transfer credit.
  • Only credits from previously attended universities transfer into HPU, not the grade point average (GPA) earned. Cumulative GPA from all universities attended is only used in the calculation of points for honors at graduation and some honor societies.
  • There is no expiration date on transfer credit.
  • Given adequate processing time, students will know exactly how many credits will transfer before registering for classes.
  • Credit evaluations will show all courses that are transferable to HPU. Students are free to explore degree programs to see where their credits will apply.
  • During the evaluation, all work completed at universities on a quarter system will be converted to semester hours. Each quarter-hour is equivalent to .67 of an HPU semester credit. Therefore, a 4 quarter-hour course will show as 2.68 credits after transfer evaluation.

  • HPU recognizes credits from previous studies at educational institutions outside the U.S. International transferstudents may qualify to receive transfer credit (advanced standing) at HPU
  • The following must be submitted in order to have international coursework evaluated for transfer credit at HPU: 
    • Transcripts: Official transcripts must be mailed directly to HPU from the international institution attended (note: faxes, e-mail attachments, website transcripts, copies, and third party evaluations are not accepted);
    • Course Descriptions - Official course descriptions for all courses for which an evaluation for transfer credit is desired must be sent directly to HPU from the previous institution;
    • English Language Translations: If transcripts and associated course descriptions are not originally issued in English, a professional and certified translation is required.

  • HPU recognizes credit from multiple sources, such as Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the International Baccalaureate (IB), A-Level Examinations, Advanced Standing Credit (ASI), and U.S. military training.
  • Students who completed International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), or Advanced Level (A-Level) coursework as part of their high school or college studies may be eligible for advanced standing credit at HPU. Advanced standing means that a freshman student is granted transfer credit, despite being identified as a freshmen student for admissions purposes.
  • In order to apply for advanced standing credit, students must submit the following based on their respective examinations (click the links for details on how credit will transfer):

  • HPU has 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. Email us if you are unsure if your credits will transer.
  • We maintain 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. 
  • HPU 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 Intersegmental 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 complete their last 30 semester hours in residence at HPU, regardless of the amount of transfer credit granted

Course Equivalency

For more information on how courses you have taken will transfer to HPU please visit our course equivalency guide here