Running Start is a program that allows “eligible” high school students to take a college course at a University of Hawai‘i system campus as part of their high school coursework.
The unique partnership between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawai‘i System allows public and charter high school students to attend college classes during the fall, spring, and summer while earning both high school and college credits.
Currently nine UH campuses participate in the Running Start program:
Any public high school and charter school student considered to be eligible and meets campus admissions requirements within the state of Hawaiʻi who: is under the age of 21 as of September 1st of the school year in which the college course is taken.
Home schooled students may participate in a dual credit program. We encourage all home schooled students to check with the specific University of Hawaiʽi campus for their admission policies and eligibility requirements, as they differ at every campus.
Running Start is mandated by the State of Hawaiʽi and is a partnership between the Hawaii State Department of Education, University of Hawaiʽi system, and GEAR UP. Students from private schools can achieve the same results as Running Start by enrolling in Early Admit Program if their high school principal is willing to award high school credit. For more information about “Early Admit” programs, please contact the University of Hawaiʽi campus you wish to enroll at.
Yes. Students should check with their high school counselor for any applicable deadlines.
Technically yes; however, in order to plan for high school graduation, the student should discuss their plan to withdraw with their high school counselor.
Each high school will handle its own policy/procedure regarding Running Start students.
Students will have to make their own transportation arrangements to get to their college campus.
Yes, but students need to see a college counselor to arrange this.
Only if the student gives written permission for the parent to do so, by completing a release form provided by the college. Otherwise, all student information is confidential.
No. The high school transcript will only reflect the high school equivalent of Running Start credits. For a record of college credits that a student has earned, the student must request transcripts directly from the college.
The courses numbered 100 and above are articulated to the University of Hawaiʽi at Manoa, the University of Hawaiʽi at Hilo, the University of Hawaiʽi-West Oʽahu, the University of Hawaiʽi Maui College, and all University of Hawaiʽi Community colleges. Acceptance of credits by other institutions outside of the University of Hawaiʽi System is based upon an evaluation of the student’s college transcripts.
For more information email email@example.com or call GEAR UP at 956-3879, or from the neighbor islands at 1-866-808-4327.
Hawai‘i Community College – Hilo
Hawai‘i Community College – Palamanui
Honolulu Community College
Kapi‘olani Community College
Kaua‘i Community College
Kō Education Center (associated with Hawai‘i Community College)
Leeward Community College
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
University of Hawai‘i Maui College
University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu
Windward Community College