COP students in the classroom

What is COP?

The College Opportunities Program (COP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) was established in 1970 as a federally-funded model cities project aimed at recruiting residents from Waiʻanae, Nānākuli, Kālihi and Pālama to pursue a postsecondary education. In 1973, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature authorized the release of funds to continue the COP program for residents throughout the state.

COP provides an alternative pathway for individuals who desire to attend the UHM but who lack the minimum requirements for admission. COP provides a free, intensive 6-week summer academic and residential program, which is designed to prepare individuals for a successful freshman year at the UHM. Participants are required to live on-campus and enroll in classes focused on upgrading academic and social skills. Room, board, textbooks, and instructional expenses are covered by COP. Participants who successfully complete the COP program requirements are admitted to the UHM in the fall semester and advance to COP's First-Year Academic Program.

During the First-Year Academic Program, students are encouraged to live in an on-campus residence hall. Students enroll in classes on a full-time basis and attend group meetings and individual appointments with COP advisors. "One-stop advising" is available at the COP office on issues related to registration, career planning and exploration, financial aid, on-campus employment, and other concerns. The COP office also serves as a "home base" on campus where students can do their homework, use computers, meet friends, or just hang out. During the First-Year Academic Program students are fully responsible for their college-related expenses.