The University of Hawaiʻi is making it easier for Class of 2022 Hawaiʻi public high students to attend a UH four-year campus next fall. For academically prepared students, the UH Fast Pass Initiative offers a streamlined admissions process and in some cases conditional acceptance directly from high school.
Based on each student’s grade point average, UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu will offer conditional letters of acceptance to their campuses, and UH Mānoa will offer a special invitation to apply. All three campuses will automatically waive the application fee and provide expedited processing of applications for Fast Pass participants.
“We encourage our public school students to seriously consider Hawaiʻi’s outstanding public four-year universities,” said UH President David Lassner. “Higher education is the most powerful tool there is to advance social and economic mobility, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, West Oʻahu and Mānoa offer a wide range of superb and affordable programs.”
“Expanding student access to college and career opportunities continues to be a top priority for the department,” said Keith Hayashi, interim superintendent, Hawaiʻi State Department of Education. “The UH Fast Pass initiative is a great opportunity for our hard-working seniors to explore the option of pursuing a high-quality college education right here at home.”
Eligible students will begin receiving letters from UH campuses outlining the UH Fast Pass program and the application process in November. Students may receive multiple letters depending on their GPA.
- UH Mānoa: 3.5 GPA—invitation to apply
- UH West Oʻahu: 2.7 GPA—conditional offer of acceptance
- UH Hilo: 2.7 GPA—conditional offer of acceptance
Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education, working with UH, will also host free virtual college application sessions for students and families through December to help them through the UH college application process.
“These online help sessions will help students and families navigate the college application and financial aid processes. It can get confusing, and we are here to help” said Hawaiʻi P–20 Executive Director Stephen Schatz.