UH Community Colleges offer current Hawai‘i high school students the opportunity to take college-level classes through the Early College or Running Start programs. Students can enroll in these dual credit classes and earn credit towards high school graduation and a college degree.
The two most common dual credit programs are Early College and Running Start.
Early College High School Program
The Early College High School Program is a partnership between the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) and the University of Hawai‘i (UH) that allows high school students to take “sheltered” college classes with their high school peers. While these classes are typically offered on high school campuses, nearly all Early College classes are currently being offered in an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The vast majority of Early College classes are taught by college professors. Students who successfully complete classes at the 100-level and above receive both high school and college credit.
If you are a student interested in learning more about what Early College opportunities are available at your high school, please talk to your high school counselor.Learn more about the Early College Program.
Running Start Program
Running Start is a program that allows “eligible” high school students to take a college course at a University of Hawai‘i campus as part of their high school coursework.
This partnership between the Hawai‘i State Department of Education and the University of Hawai‘i System allows high school students attending public and charter schools to enroll in college classes during the fall, spring, and summer terms – with the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits. Scholarships are available for eligible students with financial need.
Running Start courses are offered at nine University of Hawai‘i campuses:
- Hawaiʻi Community College (includes Hilo, Kō Education Center, and Palamanui campuses)
- Honolulu Community College
- Kapiʻolani Community College
- Kauaʻi Community College
- Leeward Community College
- University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
- University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
- University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu
- Windward Community College
If you are a high school student interested in learning more about what Early College opportunities are available at your high school, please talk to your high school counselor.