Welcome to the College Opportunities Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa!

Welcome to the College Opportunities Program (COP) & The Manawa Kūpono Native Hawaiian Program. Our staff is available to provide assistance and student support during regular business hours. Due to COVID-19, our physical offices in QLC 308 are temporarily closed, but staff can be reached via their respective email addresses: Gina (, ʻIlikea (, Norelle (, Kawai (, Aysia (, Mike (, Tammy (, or COP at ( You may also leave a voicemail at 808-956-6186 to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment and a staff member will respond promptly. All appointments will be conducted via telephone or online. Even though our doors are closed, we are here for you!

Please check back next September for the COP 2023 Summer Program Application. Learn More


Welcome to the College Opportunities Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa!

More commonly referred to as C.O.P., we offer a statewide entry-level freshman program that provides a summer and first-year residential college experience for individuals who are: Hawaiʻi residents and who may not meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), are academically under prepared, economically disadvantaged, represent a positive role model to communities underrepresented at the UHM, non-traditional, or in need of a structured college entry. Participants who successfully complete the COP summer program requirements are admitted to the UHM in the fall semester and advance to COP's First-Year Academic Program.


Summer Program (All Expenses Covered!)

  • UHM Summer Session II
  • 3 Credit Course
  • Housing & Meal Plans
  • College Writing Course
  • College Prep Course
  • Summer Activities!

First-Year Program

  • Fall & Spring Semester
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Group Support


  • Gain an edge over other incoming freshmen with early access & exposure to campus life and resources.
  • Experience what it's like to live in a campus residence hall before the academic year begins.
  • Build relationships with professors, staff and peer mentors creating a unique support system during the summer.
  • Build a small community among COP peers while developing lifelong friends.
  • Receive full time staff support and advising regarding academic, financial aid, and housing issues.
  • Have a home base to hang out, use computers, print free, eat, and meet with friends.