The University of Hawai‘i has embarked on an ambitious journey to design, develop, introduce and navigate comprehensive, articulated and purposeful academic pathways to promote STEM students’ success in Hawai‘i. The STEM pathways will incorporate specifically designed student learning outcomes at all critical junctures of the students’ progress. The pathways are designed for stop-out/move-in, so that students facing external, unanticipated challenges can leave the program with an academic credential—and an established set of skills attractive to industry—and rejoining the path later, once they’re ready. In the early part of the journey, students can easily cross from one pathway to another to find the optimal fit. However, as students matures academically, the pathway narrows to an endpoint in the workforce or in graduate education.