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UH Community Colleges offer current high school students the opportunity to take college-level classes through the Early Admission or Running Start programs. College and high school credits can be earned as students get a flavor of college life.

Running Start

Public high school juniors and seniors can get a head start on college by enrolling in the  Running Start Program, which allows students to attend college classes while earning both high school and college credits.

Running Start courses are offered at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and the seven community colleges: Hawai’i CC, Honolulu CC, Kapi’olani CC, Kaua’i CC, Leeward CC, Maui College and Windward CC.

If you’re interested in Running Start, talk to your high school counselor today. You can also visit... 
for more information. Scholarships are available for eligible low-income students.

Early Admission

Early Admission program provides college educational opportunities for youths under the age of 18. Contact the campus of your choice about the Early Admission program.

Early College High School Program

The Early College High School Program is an initiative designed to allow you to earn six or more college credits before you graduate from high school. You will have the option of earning both an associate's degree from a community college and a high school diploma from your high school.

This program is coordinated in partnership with Hawai'i P-20 Partnerships for Education and the support of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and GEAR UP Hawai'i. More than $1.2 million of resources have been invested into this new initiative to fund tuition, expenses and technical assistance to selected high schools working in partnership with the University of Hawai'i campuses to provide high school-based early college courses.

Contact your high school counselor to see if you qualify for this program.

For more details on Early College High School Program, visit the Hawai'i P-20 website.

High Schools and College Partnerships
(*Grantees of the Early College High School Program initiative)

Island of Hawai'i

Hawai'i Community College:

Hilo High School*
Kealakehe High School*
Kohala High School*
Waiakea High School*

Island of Kaua'i

Kaua'i Community College:

Kapa'a High School*
Kaua'i High School*

Islands of Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i

University of Hawai'i Maui College:

Baldwin High School
Kamehameha Schools
Kihei Charter School
Lana'i High School
Maui High School
Moloka'i High School*

Island of O'ahu

Honolulu Community College:

Farrington High School*
McKinley High School
Pearl City High School
Roosevelt High School

Kapi'olani Community College:

Kaimuki High School*

Leeward Community College:

Campbell High School
Leilehua High School
Nanakuli High School
Waianae High School*
Waipahu High School*
(In the Fall, Leeward CC will be working with Mililani High School and Sacred Hearts Academy to offer college classes at the high schools).

Windward Community College:

Castle High School
Kailua High School*
Kahuku High School

Current Statistics on Early College High School Program:

  • Spring 2015: 10 college classes are being offered in the high schools (one at UH Hilo and nine at UH Community Colleges)
  • Summer 2015: 10 college classes are being offered
  • There are approximately 202 high school students who participated in the Early College High School Program statewide.
  • 157 college classes are projected to be offered in the high schools over the next three years. We anticipate to serve more than 3,000 students during this three year period.





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