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High School Students (Early Admit)

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Running Start: Running Start is a statewide program that provides an opportunity for academically qualified freshmen - seniors to enroll in college classes through the University of Hawaiʻi system as part of their high school coursework. This unique partnership between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaiʻi System allows public high school and home school students to attend college classes during the fall, spring, and summer while earning both high school and college credits. For more information on Running Start: https://www.hawaii.edu/runningstart/

Early College: Similar to Running Start, Early College allows high school students to earn dual high school/college credit for HawCC classes offered on the high school campuses. For eligibility and more information, contact Coordinator Glenn-Dee Kuwaye at (808) 934-2726 or email gkuwaye@hawaii.edu

Early Admit: The Early Admission Program is intended to encourage highly motivated and academically and/or vocationally talented high school juniors or seniors to advance in their schooling by supplementing their regular high school work with selected college courses (not for dual credit). Interested applicants need to consult with their high school counselor and qualified candidates may be admitted on a part-time, non-degree status.

STEP 1: CONSULT WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR FOR ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

STEP 2: APPLY FOR ADMISSION

Complete the Online Application

  • For first time users, select Create a Login ID and PIN
  • In addition to the online application, all Early College/Running Start students should also submit the Dual Credit Program Application found at: https://www.hawaii.edu/runningstart/apply/index.php

    Completed Dual Credit Program Application forms should be submitted to:
    Hawai‘i Community College
    c/o Glenn-Dee Kuwaye
    1175 Manono Street
    Hilo, HI 96720

    By submitting this application by the designated deadline, students receiving free/reduced lunch may qualify for a Running Start/Early Scholarship. For more information: https://goo.gl/EUTrXE

  • Early Admit applicants should complete the Early Admit Application and submit to:

    Hawai‘i Community College
    Admissions & Records Office
    1175 Manono Street
    Hilo, HI 96720

If you need assistance with completing your Running Start or Early College High School application online, please contact our GEAR UP Office at (808) 934-2726 to schedule an appointment with a peer mentor or meet with your high school counselor.

STEP 3: HEALTH CLEARANCE

Submit a copy of your TB Clearance (less than a year old effective the first day of instruction) and a copy of your two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) shots immunization record. This is REQUIRED before you can register for courses!! Health clearance documents should be mailed, brought in person or faxed to our Admissions and Records Office:

Admissions and Records Office
Hawai‘i Community College
1175 Manono Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 934-2501 (fax)
(808) 934-2705 (phone)

STEP 4: TAKE THE COMPASS PLACEMENT TEST

After you are admitted, contact the Hale Kea Testing Center in Hilo (808-934-2540) or in West Hawai‘i (808) 969-8830 to schedule for your Compass Placement Test.

To best prepare for the math test, check out EdReady, an online personalized math prep tool that can help you brush up on math areas that need strengthening. For more information on accessing EdReady, check out http://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/edready/

STEP 5: ATTEND A MANDATORY ORIENTATION/ADVISING/REGISTRATION SESSION

Information on how to sign-up for this session will be included in your Admissions Acceptance Letter.