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Mānoa Academy - Your Pathway to College

Mānoa Academy is founded on the belief that many Hawaiʻi high school students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a university education. Mānoa Academy increases college access and success by providing a platform for participants to complete a semester or more of transferable University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) credits.

Students will find new horizons opening for them through rigorous academic classes, motivated peers, transformational experiences, and exposure to internationally acclaimed research faculty. With opportunities in the high school, online, at UH Mānoa, and abroad, joining the Mānoa Academy is available to all qualified Hawaiʻi high school juniors and seniors.

Mānoa Academy courses are available in four ways:

  • Mānoa Academy in the High School: Students from partnering high schools/programs participate in courses held on their high school campuses but taught by Mānoa instructors.
  • Mānoa Academy at UHM: Students participate in courses offered on the Mānoa campus. This option is generally available during Summer terms.
  • Manoa Academy Online: Students participate in synchronous or asynchronous online courses.
  • Mānoa Academy Abroad: Students participate in a capstone experience facilitated by a Mānoa faculty member.

Mānoa Academy Benefits

  • Provisional admission to UH Mānoa and no further UH Mānoa application will be required.
  • Earn credits* toward a high school and college degree.
  • Tuition deposit waiver ($200 value).
  • Priority registration status - initial freshman term at UH Mānoa.
  • College preparation skills.
  • Opportunities with civic engagement and service learning programs.
  • Priority eligibility of Mānoa Academy Beijing.
  • Exposure to acclaimed research faculty and strong global leaders.

*For Mānoa Academy at UH Mānoa and Mānoa Academy in the High School. Mānoa Academy Online students are advised to consult with their high school counselor for information on which courses may meet dual-credit requirements. Excludes Mānoa Academy Beijing.

We welcome new partner institutions! For more information, contact the Academy:

Mānoa Academy Leadership

Denise Konan, Dean
UHM College of Social Sciences and Mānoa Academy

Wendi Vincent, Director
Mānoa Academy

Mānoa Academy Mission: To increase college access, affordability, and success and inspire students to become global leaders by broadening their horizons through transformational experiences, civic engagement, study abroad, and exposure to cutting-edge research.