Graduation Requirements and Policies
Progress Toward the Bachelor's Degree
Students are expected to complete their academic work and apply for a degree in a timely manner (see "Excess Credit Policy"). The department or program in which the student is pursuing a degree may decide that certain courses required for the major that were taken in the past must be retaken. Courses that are declared outdated for the major will still count toward the General Education Core if they meet core requirements. Students should consult with their academic adviser in their major field of study for details.
Students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in residence (i.e., taking credit courses or their equivalent by examination) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. However, meeting the residency requirements does not necessarily mean that degree requirements have been met; the latter are determined by individual colleges.
A degree candidate must be registered and in attendance during the semester or summer session in which he or she completes the requirements for his or her degree, unless permission has been given for graduation in absentia by the appropriate college or school dean.
Application for Degree
An application for graduation must be obtained at the student academic services office of the appropriate college or school and then submitted with the degree fee to the Cashier's Office. This must be done by the deadlines specified in the "Calendar."
Graduating with Honors
Honors degrees are granted
only to participants in the UH Manoa Honors Program (see "Colleges
of Arts and Sciences").
Graduating seniors not in
the Honors Program who have completed 30 or more credit hours of work at
the University with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 are eligible for graduation
"with distinction" subject to the following stipulations:
1. The 30 or more credit
hours at Manoa campus must come from courses carrying grade points (this
2. The cumulative GPA of
the total college work (which encompasses academic work at the Manoa
campus and all other colleges and universities, if any) must be at least
3.5. This academic work includes both transferable and non-transferable
credits carrying grade points but excludes CR/NC or other non-letter
grade options such as pass/fail; and
3. Candidates for second
degrees are not eligible.
Alpha Epsilon, National
Honor Society for Extension Service
Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society
Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honor Society in Medicine
Beta Alpha Psi, National Accounting Honor Society
Beta Gamma Sigma, National Business Honor Society
Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society
Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society
Delta Phi Alpha, National German Honor Society
Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Extension Honor Society
Eta Kappa Nu, National Electrical Engineering Honor Society
Eta Sigma Delta, International Hospitality Management Honor Society
Gamma Sigma Delta, National Agriculture and Human Resources Honor
Golden Key National Honor Society, National Undergraduate Honor Society
Kappa Tau Alpha, National Journalism Honor Society
Lambda Delta, Freshmen Honor Society
Mortar Board, Senior Honor Society
Mu Kappa Tau, Marketing National Honor Society
Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honor Society in Economics
Phi Alpha Theta, National Honor Society in History
Phi Beta Kappa, National Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society
Phi Delta Kappa, National Education Honor Society
Phi Eta Sigma, National Freshmen Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society (general)
Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges
Phi Upsilon Omicron, National Home Economics Honor Society
Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society
Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society
Pi Lambda Theta, National Education Honor Society
Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
Pi Tau Sigma, National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology
Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society
Sigma Phi Alpha, National Dental Hygiene Honor Society
Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honor Society
Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society in Nursing
Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society, National Sciences Honor
Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society
For further information on
these honor societies, contact the appropriate academic unit.
Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal
All undergraduates and
unclassified students who fail to meet the minimum academic requirements
of the University or their college, school, or program may be placed on
probation, suspended, or dismissed. The guidelines that follow are
generally applied. Further information may be obtained from the student
academic services office of the student's college or school.
unclassified students seeking exemption for cause from regulations and
requirements contained in this Catalog should consult the dean of
student academic services of their college or school. The University
reserves the right to withhold the degree or to request the withdrawal
of a student for cause.
Students may be placed on
academic probation at the end of any semester in which their cumulative
GPA falls below 2.0 or in which they fail to maintain the minimum
academic requirements of their college, school, or program. Probationary
students continue work at the University but must achieve a current GPA
of at least 2.0 in each probationary semester to be allowed further
registration. Failure to meet these conditions may result in suspension
Unless an extension has
been granted by the college or school's student academic services dean,
students may be put on probation if they have taken 24 credit hours
beyond those required for graduation but still have not completed their
specific program requirements.
academic probation will be applied at the end of each semester.
Students may be suspended
when they fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 1.7 after
attempting 24 credit hours or when they fail to meet the terms of
Students registered for
the first term of summer session or for Outreach College's winter or
summer accelerated session at the time of the suspension may choose to
complete that term or withdraw within five working days after
notification of suspension.
academic suspension are applied at the end of each semester.
Applications for Return
Students who wish to
return after suspension should apply to the Office of Admissions and
Records-for the fall semester between November 1 and June 1 and for the
spring semester between June 1 and November 1.
Suspended students who
attend another institution will be considered "transfer
students" when reapplying to the University and must meet all
transfer requirements. They will have their work evaluated by the
college or school in order to determine eligibility for readmission.
Students who take no
courses after being suspended for the required one semester are eligible
to be readmitted into the college or school from which they have been
suspended provided they submit an application form by the official
deadline. However, readmission is not automatic if the student stays out
beyond the required period.
Students readmitted after suspension are placed on probation and must
meet the terms and conditions of probation as specified above. Failure
to do so will result in dismissal.
Students who have been
suspended and who subsequently fail to maintain the minimum academic
requirements of the University or their college, school, or program or
fail to meet the terms of probation may be dismissed. Such students will
be readmitted only in unusual circumstances. Students admitted on
probation may be dismissed if they fail to maintain the minimum academic
requirements or to meet the terms of probation.
Regulations governing academic dismissal are applied at the end of each
Once dismissed, a student is not eligible for readmission to any degree-
or credit-bearing program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for a
minimum of one academic year. However, a student currently enrolled in
an Outreach College course who is notified of an academic dismissal
after the authorized period for withdrawal without cause may complete
the Outreach College term.
The following conditions
apply to students who have been dismissed one or more years:
1. To apply for
readmission as a classified or unclassified student at UH Manoa, the
student should do so on the admissions application form, following
established procedures and deadlines. The student must meet the standard
admission criteria applicable to all students. The Colleges of Arts and
Sciences require a written statement from the student explaining the
circumstances of the dismissal and a rationale for reinstatement. If
readmitted, the student is placed on academic probation and must meet
established terms of probation;
2. To enroll in UH Manoa's
Outreach College, the student is eligible if he or she has attended any
UH system campus or other regionally accredited college or university
subsequent to the dismissal and earned a cumulative post-dismissal GPA
of 2.0 or better for a minimum of 12 earned credits. Transcripts will be
required to establish eligibility; or
3. To enroll in UH Manoa's
Outreach College, the student who has not earned a cumulative
post-dismissal GPA of 2.0 or better for a minimum of 12 earned credits
at another UH system campus or other regionally accredited college or
university subsequent to dismissal may petition the dean of Outreach
College for special enrollment consideration.
Upon finding that a
student is suffering from a physical or mental condition detrimental to
the student or to the University, the dean of student services will, on
medical advice, recommend proper action to the appropriate college or
school's student academic services dean. The dean may request that the
student be withdrawn officially, without prejudice or academic penalty.
Readmission is contingent upon review and recommendation by the college
or school's student academic services dean and the dean of student
undergraduate students may apply for a leave of absence for a specified
period of one or two semesters if they (1) have just completed their
prior semester (fall or spring) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa
and (2) are in good academic standing (neither on probation nor subject
to suspension or dismissal). Students may not take more than two regular
semesters of leave before graduation; additional semesters of leave will
be granted only under extenuating circumstances. The granting of a leave
of absence indicates a continuing relationship with the University and
allows students to resume studies at a specific time without applying
for readmission. Students who take a leave of absence will continue to
be subject to the core, major, and graduation requirements in effect at
the time their leave began.
Students have two options
for taking an official leave of absence: (1) a planned leave and (2) a
leave taken at the time of withdrawal from the University. To apply for
a planned leave for the upcoming semester, students should submit an
application for leave of absence prior to the beginning of the semester
in which the leave is to be taken. Application for a leave can also be
submitted at the time of complete withdrawal from the University.
Applications for a leave of absence are available in the student
academic services office at the student's college or school. The date of
return from leave must be specified at the time of application.
Students who do not
re-enroll at the University at the end of their leave of absence will be
considered to have withdrawn without notice; they will be required to
apply for readmission to the University and will be subject to the core,
major, and graduation requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
Students should be aware
that taking a leave of absence may affect their residency status and
eligibility for programs such as financial aid, intercollegiate
athletics, etc. Upon return from an approved leave of absence, students
may also find that registration in courses with fixed faculty/student
ratios may be dependent upon availability of space.