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University of Hawaiʻi Offering Expedited 2021 Admission for Eligible High School Seniors

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University of Hawaiʻi is implementing a new Fast Pass program to expedite 2021 admissions for eligible high school students. Photo courtesy: UH

The University of Hawaiʻi has implemented a  Fast Pass Initiative to make it easier to apply for admission to the school’s four-year campuses next fall by streamlining the application process.

The Fast Pass program is for Hawaiʻi Department of Education high school seniors with qualifying grade point averages (GPA).

Eligible students will receive letters from the various UH campuses starting this week that outline the program and the application process.


Based on students’ GPA, UH Hilo will offer a conditional letter of acceptance to its campus for students with at least a 2.70 GPA.

UH Mānoa and UH West Oʻahu will offer special invitations to apply for students who have at least a 2.70 GPA for UH West Oʻahu or a 3.5 GPA for UH Mānoa.

Fast Pass is designed to eliminate barriers that prevent students from enrolling in post-secondary education.


“We want Hawaiʻi students who are academically prepared to know how absolutely welcome they are at our UH four-year universities,” said David Lassner, University of Hawai‘i President. “Higher education is even more crucial to a thriving citizenry during times of recessions, and you just can’t beat the opportunities across the University of Hawaiʻi System and the extraordinary range of affordable higher education programs we offer right here at home.”

  • All campuses will offer a Fast Pass admission process for these students that includes expedited processing of applications and an application fee waiver for those with financial circumstances.
  • Hawaiʻi P–20 Partnerships for Education in partnership with UH is also hosting free virtual college application and financial aid sessions to these campuses for students and families in October and November to help them through the college application process.

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