Admission of Transfer Students

Applicants who were enrolled at another college or university prior to enrollment at UH Hilo are considered transfer students.

Transfer students who have completed at least 24 college-level semester hours from an accredited U.S. college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.0 will be admitted to UH Hilo. Students who are transferring to UH Hilo from outside the UH system must arrange for all official college transcripts to be sent to the Admissions Office directly from institutions previously attended. Those who have completed fewer than 24 college-level semester hours or who have enrolled in an unaccredited institution must also submit their high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

Transcripts Required

Students are required to submit official transcripts from all academic institutions attended to the UH Hilo Admissions Office. Admitted students must submit the final grades for courses in-progress by the deadline in the student’s official acceptance letter from the Admissions Office. Failure to report previous college attendance and/or to submit all required transcripts is sufficient cause for the cancellation of the student’s admission, denial of registration, and/or dismissal from UH Hilo.

Transfer Credit

Coursework eligible for transfer credit must be of baccalaureate-level and must be from regionally accredited institutions in the U.S. or from nationally recognized institutions from a foreign countries. Grades in these courses must be “C-” or above to transfer, except for courses completed at other campuses in the University of Hawaiʻi system where a student has earned a “D” or higher on a course from within the UH System. Students transferring with any work done more than ten years prior to their admittance to UH Hilo may find such work non-transferable by the individual 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 and 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 other transfer students must fulfill the General Education requirements appropriate to their major and degree as stated in this catalog.