Admissions

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Honolulu Community College welcomes applications from any U.S. high school graduate, GED (General Education Development) recipient or persons 18 years of age or over who can benefit from the instruction offered. Students under the age of 18 may be considered for early admission or the Running Start program.

Choose the type of student that best describes you to view the admissions process:

Step 1. Submit Online System Application

Complete the Online Application

  • If you are a Hawaiʻi Resident or an active duty Military or eligible Military Dependent Stationed in Hawaiʻi there is no application fee
  • To apply for the Military Non-Resident Exemption submit the following:
    1. Submit completed Military Verification Form [PDF]
    2. Submit a copy of Military Orders
    3. Dependents must also submit a copy of their Military Dependent ID
  • There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for non-Hawaiʻi residents
  • Information about Residency for Tuition Purposes
  • Additional information for International Students
  • Application deadlines (REMINDER! The following deadlines do not apply to International Students):
    Fall term: August 1
    Spring term: December 15

Step 2. Apply for Financial Aid (if needed)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Online

Step 3. Health Clearance

Submit a copy of your TB Clearance and a copy of your two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) shots immunization record. This is REQUIRED before you can register for courses!!

Once accepted, you will be notified by email

(Check your @hawaii.edu email first, if applicable)

Step 4. Take the Placement Test

Print out your EMAIL Acceptance Notification Letter and bring it along with a valid Photo ID to the Testing Center located in Building 7, Room 313. To view the testing schedule and sample COMPASS Placement Exam questions, visit www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/testing. Your placement test is very important! Please take it seriously because it will determine what levels of English and math you will need to take. You will receive your test results immediately.

Step 5. Get a UH Username

Upon acceptance, you can create a MyUH Portal Account by visiting myuh.hawaii.edu.
Click on "Get a UH username" and fill out the Check Status Form. You will then be asked to create a UH Username, Secret Questions, and a Password. This account allows you to register for classes, check your financial aid status, check grades, make online payments, sign-up for payment plans, and much more!

Step 6. Register for Courses

After you complete your placement test, set-up your UH Username and submit your health clearance requirements, complete your New Student Orientation and Registration requirements.These mandatory sessions give students an opportunity to meet other new students and Academic Counselors, learn about your program requirements and allow you to register online.

Step 7. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline

After you have registered for classes, tuition can be paid online through MyUH Portal using a credit card or in person at the Business Office (Building 6) using cash, check or credit card.

Step 8. Purchase your books and supplies

Take a copy of your class schedule to the Honolulu CC Bookstore (located on the ground floor of Building 2) to purchase your textbooks. For bookstore hours, call (808) 845-9105.

And finally, go to class!!!

If you are currently attending another UH System school (UH Mānoa, Hilo, West Oʻahu or any of the Community Colleges in Hawaiʻi), follow these easy steps to get started at Honolulu Community College:

Step 1. Submit the Change of Home Institution Form

The Change of Home Institution Form [PDF] allows us to change your official record to reflect Honolulu CC as your "home institution". Your home institution should be the campus in which you intend on receiving your degree and any financial support (i.e. financial aid, veterans benefits)

Submit this form via:

  1. Fax (808) 847-9829
  2. In Person: Building 6, Admissions Office or
  3. Mail to:

    Admissions Office
    874 Dillingham Blvd.
    Honolulu, HI 96817

Step 2. Are you currently receiving Financial Aid or Veterans Benefits?

If you are currently receiving Financial Aid, notify the Financial Aid Office at your current institution that you will be attending Honolulu CC for the next term. You will need to reapply for financial aid through Honolulu CC since financial aid is not transferable.

If you are receiving Veterans Benefits, notify the VA Coordinator at your current campus that you will be transferring to Honolulu CC. Visit our Records Office for required forms to receive aid through Honolulu CC.

Additional financial aid information, scholarships and forms are available from our Financial Aid Office.

Once accepted, you will be notified by email

(Check your @hawaii.edu email first, if applicable)

Step 3. Meet with an Academic Counselor

An academic counselor can access your previous course information through our computer system to provide an unofficial evaluation of courses. The academic counselor can then recommend courses for you to take for the upcoming semester. For assistance, set-up an appointment via UHCC MySuccess or call 845-9129 to schedule an appointment.

Step 4. Register for Courses

Students can register online for courses by logging on to MyUH Portal. Your current UH username and password still apply.

If you forgot your password and secret questions, visit our Computer Lab in Building 2, 4th Floor for assistance.

Step 5. Transfer Credits

After you have registered for courses at Honolulu CC, complete the Transcript Evaluation Request Form [PDF] and submit to the Records Office for an official transcript evaluation.

Step 6. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline

Step 7. Purchase your books and supplies

Take a copy of your class schedule to the Honolulu CC Bookstore (located on the ground floor of Building 2) to purchase your textbooks. For bookstore hours, call (808) 845-9105.

And finally, go to class!!!

If you are currently a student at another institution outside of the UH System or have had a break in enrollment from a UH System School, or have earned college credit outside of Honolulu Community College, follow these easy steps to get started with us:

Step 1. Submit Online System Application

Complete the Online Application

  • If you are a Hawaiʻi Resident or an active duty Military or eligible Military Dependent Stationed in Hawaiʻi there is no application fee
  • To apply for the Military Non-Resident Exemption submit the following:
    1. Submit completed Military Verification Form [PDF]
    2. Submit a copy of Military Orders
    3. Dependents must also submit a copy of their Military Dependent ID
  • There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for non-Hawaiʻi residents
  • Information about Residency for Tuition Purposes
  • Additional information for International Students
  • Application deadlines:
    (REMINDER! The following deadlines do not apply to International Students)
    Fall term: August 1
    Spring term: December 15

Step 2. Apply for Financial Aid (if needed)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Online

Step 3. Submit Health Clearance Forms

Once accepted, you will be notified by email

(Check your @hawaii.edu email first, if applicable)

Step 4. Request for Official Transcripts

If you would like to transfer credits previously completed, request for an official transcript to be sent directly from your current institution, to the Records Office at Honolulu Community College. Our address is: 874 Dillingham Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817. Hand carried transcripts (even though unopened) cannot be considered official.

Request for copies of course descriptions or course syllabi to be submitted with the official transcripts.

For more information, visit our Transfer Student website.

Step 5. Get a UH Username

Upon acceptance, you can create or reactivate your MyUH Portal Account by visiting myuh.hawaii.edu. (hyperlink) Click on "Get a UH username" and fill out the Check Status Form. You will then be asked to create/verify UH Username, Secret Questions, and Password. This account allows you to register for classes, check your financial aid status, check grades, make online payments, sign-up for payment plans, and much more!

Step 6. Meet with an Academic Counselor

An Academic Counselor can assist you by reviewing previous courses taken and determining which courses are needed to complete your program requirements. An Academic Counselor can also advise you on whether or not you'll need to take the COMPASS Placement Exam.

Step 7. Register for Courses

Students can register online for courses by logging on to MyUH Portal.

Step 8. Transfer Credits

Request for official transcripts and course descriptions to be mailed directly to our Records Office at:

874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96817

After you have registered for courses, complete the Transcript Evaluation Request Form [PDF] and submit to the Records Office for an official transcript evaluation.

Step 9. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline

Step 10. Purchase your books and supplies

Take a copy of your class schedule to the Honolulu CC Bookstore (located on the ground floor of Building 2) to purchase your textbooks. For bookstore hours, call (808) 845-9105.

And finally, go to class!!!

Welcome back to Honolulu Community College! Whether you’re returning to complete your degree, begin a new program, or just taking classes to brush up on some skills, we’re glad that you’ve decided to further your education with us. Follow these easy steps to get started today!

Step 1. Submit Online System Application

Complete the Online Application

If you have a break in enrollment and did not register for classes, a new online application will need to be submitted.

  • If you are a Hawaiʻi Resident or an active duty Military or eligible Military Dependent Stationed in Hawaiʻi there is no application fee
  • To apply for the Military Non-Resident Exemption submit the following:
    1. Submit completed Military Verification Form [PDF]
    2. Submit a copy of Military Orders
    3. Dependents must also submit a copy of their Military Dependent ID
  • There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for non-Hawaiʻi residents
  • Information about Residency for Tuition Purposes
  • Additional information for International Students
  • Application deadlines: (REMINDER! The following deadlines do not apply to International Students)
    Fall term: August 1
    Spring term: December 15

Step 2. Apply for Financial Aid (if needed)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Online

Once accepted, you will be notified by email

(Check your @hawaii.edu email first, if applicable)

Step 3. Reactivate your MyUH Portal Account

  • Go to MyUH Portal
  • Click on "Get a UH username" and fill out the Check Status Form
  • You will need to answer the security questions and enter password information
  • If you cannot remember your security questions you will need to reset your password. Visit the Records Office located at Bldg 6, 1st floor. Bring a valid photo ID with you.
  • When you are able to access MyUH Portal, check your holds. Most holds will affect your eligibility to register for classes.

Step 4. Meet with an Academic Counselor and Register for Courses

The Academic Counselor can assist you by reviewing previous courses taken and determining which courses are needed to complete your program requirements. The Counselor can also advise you on whether or not you'll need to retake the COMPASS Placement Exam.

Step 5. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline

After you have registered for classes, tuition can be paid online through the MyUH Portal

using a credit card or in person at the Business Office (Building 6) using cash, check or credit card.

Step 6. Purchase your books and supplies

Take a copy of your class schedule to the Honolulu CC Bookstore (located on the ground floor of Building 2) to purchase your textbooks. For bookstore hours, call (808) 845-9105.

And finally, go to class!!!

Step 1. Submit Online System Application

Complete the Online Application

  • There is a non-transferable, non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Application Deadlines for ALL International Students:
    Fall term: June 15
    Spring term: November 1

Step 2. Submit Supplemental Information Form

Step 3. Obtain evidence of Financial Support

Obtain a letter from your bank or your sponsor's bank (on bank stationary) verifying savings of at least $24,000.00 USD for the first year of study. The letter should be dated no earlier than six months before the date of enrollment. Your financial sponsor should also fill out section C2 on the Supplemental Information Form. Please understand that our associate degree programs typically take two years to complete and as an international student you will be required to maintain full-time status by enrolling in 12 credits or more each semester.

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Step 4. Submit Health Clearance Forms (also see Step 11)

  • Documents for MMR immunizations must be in English or easily read. TB Clearance needs to be from a M.D. in the U.S. or Hawaiʻi BEFORE you can register.
  • Health Clearance Form [PDF]
  • Health Clearance Information
  • Students must have documented proof of health insurance coverage

Step 5. Submit a copy of your High School Transcripts or Diploma

Students are responsible to obtain official translation if documents received are not in English.

Step 6. Demonstrate English Proficiency

Submit OFFICIAL Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Scores must be from a test no earlier than two years prior to the date of enrollment.

Minimum score for admission is 500 (by paper), 173 (computer) or 61 (iBT).

You do NOT need the TOEFL if one of the following applies to you:

  • Your native Language is English.
  • You have completed 30 transfer level, semester credits OR ENG 100 (or equivalent) with a "C" or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in the US, Australia, Great Britain, Canada or New Zealand.
  • You have completed 3 years of high school education in the United States, Britain or Canada.
  • Please note Honolulu CC has a new placement policy which may impact your education.

Step 7. For Transfer Students Only

If you are currently attending another college in the United States, submit the Verification of Enrollment [PDF] to the International Student Office at your school. Once the form is complete, please have the college send the form directly to Honolulu Community College.

If you would like to initiate an evaluation of the credits you previously earned to see if they are transferable to Honolulu CC, please request for an official copy of your transcript and course descriptions to be mailed directly to our Records Office at 874 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817.

To be considered official, the transcript has to be sent directly to Honolulu CC from the institution in which the courses were taken. Hand carried transcripts are not acceptable, even if the envelope has not been opened.

Students who have not demonstrated good academic standing at their previous school will not be accepted.

If you have earned college credit at an accredited college or university in the U.S., visit our Transfer Student website for more information.

AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED:

Step 8. Apply for your student VISA

Once accepted, Honolulu CC will mail your form I-20 which is the document you will need to apply for your F-1 student visa. Check with your local Embassy or Consulate for more information

Step 9. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee

Step 10. Get a UH Username

Detailed directions will be sent to you in your acceptance letter. This account allows you to register for classes online, check grades, pay online, and much more!

Step 11. Take a local Tuberculosis Test (TB)

Hawaiʻi State Board of Health requires all international students to take a TB test here on the island shortly after arrival. Students should plan to arrive in Hawaiʻi in enough time to take the test and receive results prior to the start of the semester.

Step 12. Placement Testing

Once you have been accepted to the college, we will send you information on when and where to take your placement test. All new students need to take the COMPASS Placement Test to determine current levels of English and Math skills. The test should be taken before registering for courses.

Step 13. Meet with Academic Counselors and Register for Courses

Once the placement test is complete and the TB has been cleared locally, students should meet with an Academic Counselor for course registration. The Academic Counselor can assist you by reviewing previous courses taken (if applicable) and determining which courses are needed to complete your program requirements. All first-time college students who never attended an institution in the U.S. are required to complete New Student Registration (see acceptance packet).

Step 14. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline

After you have registered for classes, tuition can be paid online through MyUH Portal using a credit card or in person at the Business Office (Building 6) using cash or check.

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Step 15. Purchase Your Books and Supplies

Take a copy of your class schedule to the Honolulu CC Bookstore (located on the ground floor of Building 2) to purchase your textbooks. For bookstore hours, call (808) 845-9105.

And finally, go to class!!!

Honolulu Community College is offering a "Senior Citizen Visitor Program" for Spring 2016 to bona fide residents of the State of Hawaii who are 60 years of age or older.

Follow the steps below if you wish to attend class(es) as a senior visitor:

Step 1. Submit a UH System application to our Admissions Office selecting Honolulu Community College as your home institution by December 15, 2016.

Step 2. Along with the application every senior visitor must provide evidence of TB clearance before attending classes. The TB clearance must be less than one year old, effective the first day of the semester. Honolulu CC accepts only the Mantoux Test (PPD) or report of a negative chest x-ray. Submit your TB clearance directly to Honolulu CC Admissions Office.

Step 3. Once the Admissions Office receives your application and TB clearance, you will be issued a Senior Visitor Pass.

Step 4. Senior visitor acceptance into any class is subject to the instructor's approval. You must obtain approval for every class you wish to attend as a visitor. You may seek instructor approval to attend a class as a visitor by presenting the senior visitor pass to the instructor beginning January 11, 2016. Remember, your status as a visitor is subject to instructor approval and no official record will be kept of your attendance. The instructor must sign off on the Senior Visitor Pass. Submit your signed Senior Visitor Pass to the Admissions Office by January 15, 2016 to complete the application process. If you need to purchase a parking permit, see Step 8.

Step 5. No tuition and fees will be charged for the classes you attend as a senior visitor. You are expected to comply with all College policies while a visitor at the campus.

Step 6. No record of your enrollment at the College will be kept unless you enroll as a regular student and pay the applicable tuition and fees for other credit classes.

Step 7. You will not receive any credit for classes that you attended as a visitor. If you wish to receive credit for a class, you must enroll as a regular student and pay the applicable tuition and fees. Visitors may not request credit for visited classes at a later date.

Step 8. Visitors may purchase parking permits at our Cashier's Office. Present your signed visitor pass to the Cashier's Office, along with your driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance coverage to purchase a permit. The Cashier's Office accepts only cash, check, or debit card.

Step 9. Remember to submit your signed Senior Visitor Pass to the Admissions Office by January 15, 2016 to complete the application process.

The Senior Visitor Pass is valid for the Spring 2016 semester only. If you wish to continue the next semester, you will need to submit another UH application selecting Honolulu Community College as your home institution. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 845-9129 or honcc@hawaii.edu

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