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Important Dates for Admission

Fall 2018 Applications Available: September 1, 2017
Deadline: January 5, 2018, 6:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time/11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Application Information

Direct entry students are exempt from the Pre-Admission Exam that is required of traditional applicants. 


Two-Step Application Process

Application Requirements are found in the online applications listed below.

Step 1

Apply to UH Mānoa
Undergraduate Admissions

Step 2

Apply to
Nursing's Centralized Application Service
Required for all new applicants and returning, transferring, and unclassified UH Manoa students. Required for ALL applicants



Fee: $70

Fee: $50
For your major choose Nursing  



Admission Requirements

Exam Scores
SAT: Evidence-based Reading and Writing (Critical Reading) – 510 or higher and Math – 510 or higher
ACT: Reading – 22 or higher and Math – 22 or higher

Cumulative High School GPA:  3.0 or higher at the end of the junior year of high school

English Language Proficiency: If an applicant’s native language is not English or has not obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an English speaking college, then the applicant must submit official Test of English a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum score of 600.


Continuation Requirements

Successful completion of the freshman year with prerequisite nursing course grades in the nursing program are required to retain status as a direct entry student.

The following conditions must be met:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher in all freshman year college coursework
  • Minimum grade of "B" in PHYL lectures, PHYL labs, MICR 130, and FS/FQ

Admission to the direct entry program will not be deferred. Students wanting to begin the nursing program at a later time must follow the regular admissions requirements.


Note for International Students

Distance Education Course Restrictions:  Immigration regulations restrict enrollment in online distance education courses that require that all coursework be completed on-line.  However, immigration regulations do not restrict enrollment in hybrid distance education courses that require that coursework be completed through a combination of online and in-classroom coursework.


Perspective Students Not Applying for Direct Entry

Students who are interested in the nursing program but are not eligible for the direct entry program can enter UH Mānoa as a pre-nursing student and apply in fall of their freshman year for admission to nursing. Informational sessions are offered that provide more information about this process. The application process and requirements are discussed in detail to assist interested students in the process. Informational session dates and times will be posted to the event section of the home page. For more information contact the pre-nursing and pre-dental hygiene and admission specialist Brian Akiyama at bsnurs@hawaii.edu or 808-956-3794.


If you are a person with a disability and you require information on this website in an alternative accessible format, please contact us at: nursada@hawaii.edu

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