Admission Requirements and Application Process
HPU has a rolling admission process which means there are no set deadlines, and reviews applications throughout the year. In order to ensure adequate time for evaluation and correspondence, it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted early.
On this page you will find information about International Admission Requirements for:
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Below you will find detailed admission requirements for first-time freshmen, students who just finished high school.
Accepted Grade Point Average (GPA)
Undergraduate Admission Requirem First-time freshmen are expected to have the American equivalent of 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (approximately 65%) or above in their secondary (senior or high school) education.
Proof of English Proficiency
International students that meet the academic requirements of the University must prove their English proficiency before beginning an academic degree program.
Please click on the link to find out what English proficiency tests are recognized by HPU.
Important! If the applicant has not met the minimum language requirements for admissions, they will need to enroll in the ELS Language Center program. Completion of level 112 will be necessary for full enrollment at HPU.
Attention AP and IB Students!
Students who have taken Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) of the College Board or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will be accepted with above average scores (AP grades higher than 3 and IB scores higher than 4) and should have the results forwarded to the Office of International Admissions. These results will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for proper advanced standing and/or credit from HPU. Students graduating with the
Official transcripts or international equivalent records (such as HKCEE, SPM, SMA, Abitur, "O" and "A" levels, etc) may be submitted electronically or by mail.
Please submit a $50.00 non-refundable application fee and for a complete list of accepted payment options you may click on the link.
Official copy of a bank statement showing that you (or your sponsor) have an account which holds sufficient funds to cover the total estimated costs may be submitted electronically or by mail.
You must also submit the Statement of Financial Sponsorship, which is part of the undergraduate application form. If you apply online, please fill out this form separately.
International students who want to study in the USA are required to have health insurance coverage. Although not required for your admission, health insurance is mandatory and is required for all regular (Fall and Spring) semesters of your studies in the United States. Click on the link to find out more about the health insurance and immunization requirements
Please submit electronically to:
Or by mail to:
Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity
Full-time degree-seeking and transfer are automatically evaluated for HPU's merit based scholarships.
Transfer Student Admission Requirements
International transfer students are those who come to HPU from other regionally accredited colleges or universities. To be considered for admission to HPU, transfer students need to have at least 24 credits/semester hours of college level, academic coursework from an accredited institution.
Applicants who have attended any post-secondary institution (college, university, technical institute, etc.) will be evaluated based upon this work in combination with their performance in secondary school. Transfer students should submit their transcripts along with the application for admission. Based upon these transcripts, a decision will be made about acceptance and also about exemption from course work at HPU. Transfer students should also check with the institution they are attending or have attended to see if there is already an articulation agreement with HPU (formal transfer agreement) in place.
To be able to evaluate your coursework or degree from your country, please submit your complete application which includes an official transcripts in your native language as well as an official translated English version. You may submit these documents electronically or by mail.
If you are transferring from a non-U.S. university or college, it is required that you provide an official description of each course in English. Credits will be awarded based on a formal evaluation.Have Questions?
If you have any questions about your credit evaluation, please contact our international undergraduate evaluator Jeffrey Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org. The evaluator will need to see a copy of your transcripts and course descriptions in English.
Please see Undergraduate Application Checklist
Study Abroad Admission Requirements
Study Abroad students are those who want to spend one or two semesters in an international environment. Study Abroad applicants must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent or have started a college degree with an accepted grade point average (GPA).
Accepted Grade Point Average (GPA)
International applicants are expected to have the American equivalent of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (approximately 65%) or above in their secondary (senior or high school) education.
Proof of English Proficiency
TOEFL or equivalent test is required for this program! Please click on the link to find out what English Proficiency Tests are recognized by HPU.
Note: If the applicant has not met the minimum language requirements for admissions, they will need to enroll in the ELS program. Once a student reaches level 110 or above, they may begin taking HPU courses concurrently. Completion of level 112 will be necessary for full enrollment at HPU.
Attention Students with Government Funding
If you receive government funding, and/or want to transfer HPU courses back to your home university, you should take an English proficiency test in your country and submit the results (original or certified) along with your Study Abroad application. Submission of acceptable test results exempts you from taking ELS courses and ensures that you will be able to pre-register and enroll in academic courses.
Please complete a Study Abroad Online Application.
Payment of Fees
Payment of your non-refundable $50 application fee and $200 pre-registration deposit is required to submit your online application.
Please mail an original or certified copy of a bank statement showing that you (or your sponsor) have an account which holds sufficient funds to cover the total estimated costs. Please see our Statement of Financial Sponsorship Form for the total estimated costs.
Official transcripts or international equivalent (such as HKCEE, SPM, SMA, Abitur, "O" and "A" level results, etc) may be submitted electronically or by mail.Application Checklist
- Complete an application form for the Study Abroad Program.
- $50.00 non-refundable application fee
- $200.00 non-refundable Study Abroad Pre-Registration Deposit.
- Official Statement of Financial Sponsorship Form (part of the application)
- Official copy of a bank statement
- Official English proficiency test results recognized by HPU
- Official transcript(s) (English translation required) or international equivalent
Selection of classes should be made only from current class-offering lists which are posted for each academic term at least three months prior to its start.
The level of courses you can take at HPU depends on your educational background and your English proficiency. Courses for upcoming semesters are posted at least three months in advance of the beginning of each term. Typically, courses numbered 1000-2900 are open to high school graduates or first year college students. Courses numbered 3000-4990 are reserved for students who have completed at least their second year of college. Graduate courses (numbered 6000 and above) are open only to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
Please submit your application and the required documents to your school representative and check with your school for application deadlines. Although HPU has not set an application deadline, we recommend that you submit your application along with the required documents as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing and to ensure that you will receive your visa in time.
- Complete an Exchange Student Application (must be typed), and submit it to your Exchange Program coordinator.
- Have your school forward your most current official transcript to HPU.
- Submit test results from any English proficiency tests recognized by HPU.
- Provide proof of medical insurance coverage
- Submit an original or certified copy of a bank statement showing that you (or your sponsor) have an account which holds sufficient funds to cover the estimated costs for housing and living expenses.
- Include a copy of your passport photo page.
Students who have been enrolled at HPU, but have left the United States for 5 months or longer, must request a new I-20 before returning to school.
Applying for a new I-20
In order to receive a new I-20, you will need to resubmit a new Statement of Financial Support Form (Degree Seeking or Study Abroad) and original financial/bank document, which verifies proof of financial support from you or your sponsor. Please refer to the following link for the latest tuition and I-20 total for the academic year: Please also note that the original bank document(s) should be no more than six months old.
Be sure to indicate your full legal name as shown on your passport, and include your permanent address in your country, a valid phone number where we can reach you and a note about your intended return date and semester. If you have any updated or new transcripts you may include them as well. Include a copy of your passport.
Please submit documents electronically to:
Or by mail to:
Hawai'i Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1100
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 - U.S.A.
For Graduate Admissions Requirements please click on the link.