Admission of First-Time Freshmen

Applicants who will or have received their high school diploma or the General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency and have not attended any college or university after high school are considered first-time freshmen. These applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission:

  • 3.0 academic GPA in 17 units: 4 units of English, 3 units of Math (including Algebra II), 3 units of Science and 7 units of college-prep electives (including social studies, language, and additional math and science).
  • Applicants with an academic GPA of less than a 3.0, must submit their SAT or ACT scores. Academic GPA and SAT or ACT scores will be reviewed on a sliding scale.

The pass/graduation date for GED transcripts and high school transcripts must be within 10 years of the final admissions application deadline for the term (July 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring). Admitted students must submit the final grades for courses in-progress by the deadline indicated in the student’s UH STAR account.

Applicants denied admission may reapply as transfer students after satisfactorily completing 24 college-level semester hours of transferable courses at another regionally accredited college or university.

Adjustment to Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 admissions requirements:

Due to the limitations surrounding standardized testing as a result of COVID-19, the UH Hilo admissions requirements have temporarily changed for students applying for admission to UH Hilo for fall 2022 and spring 2023. Students with a cumulative overall GPA of 2.7 or higher and have completed at least four units in English; three in mathematics including algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2; three in sciences; and seven additional, which may include higher mathematics, other science, social studies, and foreign language will be admitted to UH Hilo.