Admission of Transfer Students
Applicants who were enrolled at another college or university post high school graduation prior to enrollment at UH Hilo are considered transfer students.
Transfer students who have completed at least 24 college-level semester hours from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are admissible to UH Hilo. Students who are transferring to UH Hilo from outside the UH system must arrange for all official college transcripts to be directly sent to the Admissions Office from previously attended institutions. Those who have completed fewer than 24 college-level semester hours or enrolled in an unaccredited institution must also submit their high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores, if applicable.
Students are required to submit to the UH Hilo Admissions Office official transcripts from all academic institutions attended . Admitted students must submit transcripts showing the final grades for all courses in-progress by the deadline in the student’s official acceptance letter. Failure to report previous college attendance and/or submit all required transcripts is sufficient cause for the cancellation of the student’s admission, denial of registration, and/or dismissal from UH Hilo.
Coursework eligible for transfer credit must be baccalaureate-level and from regionally accredited institutions in the U.S. or from nationally recognized institutions in countries outside the U.S. Grades in these courses must be “D” or above to transfer. Students transferring credit completed more than ten years prior to their admittance to UH Hilo may find work is non-transferable by the academic department.
To complete a transfer credit evaluation, the Admissions Office must be in possession of the previous school’s catalog, bulletin, handbook, or other institutional document which describes the courses completed. Students may be asked to submit course descriptions from previous colleges attended.
When applicable, transfer credits may be counted towards the specific requirements of a program. Otherwise, they will be counted as general electives. However, neither grade points nor grade point averages earned at other institutions are used in the computation of the UH Hilo cumulative grade point average.
Students transferring into UH Hilo with a transferable A.A. degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accreditation agency will be exempted from the General Education requirements, unless specific course requirements are needed for a given major or specialty. The A.A. degree must have been completed prior to initial matriculation to UH Hilo.
Students transferring into UH Hilo from a UH System Community College in Fall 2011 or later who have completed the basic/foundation requirements at their previous campus will be exempt from the UH Hilo General Education basic requirements; similarly, such students who have completed the area/diversification requirement at their previous campus will be exempt from the UH Hilo General Education area requirements. See the UH system Memorandum of Agreement for Transfer of General Education Core Requirements (May 2010) (PDF) among UH system campuses.
However, all students must complete the UH Hilo Integrative requirements in Writing Intensive, Hawaii Pan-Pacific, and Global and Community Citizenship, as well as all major and other UH Hilo requirements.
All transfer students must fulfill the General Education requirements appropriate to their major and degree as stated in this catalog unless eligible for an exemption.