The Mānoa Academy gives select Hawaiʻi high school students an authentic university experience. Mānoa Academy is founded on the belief that many Hawaiʻi high-school age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a Mānoa education. Hawaii's youth will receive rigorous, credit-bearing college courses on the Mānoa campus, online, at partner high schools, and abroad.
Mānoa Academy students are bold, highly motivated, and seek out new opportunities to be challenged both academically and personally. Through year-round summer, fall, and spring offerings, Mānoa Academy students complete a wide array of academic courses and service-learning opportunities.
All selected students receive provisional acceptance to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and no further UHM application will be required. Academy students also receive a UHM Student Identification Card and other benefits of being a Mānoa student.
The Mānoa Academy was launched in 2016 with a successful pilot dual credit program with Kamehameha Schools Kapālama High School. In the academic year 2017, Mānoa Academy expanded to serve students from the high schools of:
Previous courses include Business, Economics, English, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Hawaiian Studies, Political Sciences, and Sociology. Since its initial launch, 132 students have enrolled in the Mānoa Academy.
Summer 2017 also introduced Mānoa Academy Beijing – a 4-week intensive summer experience that includes all-local expenses paid trip to Beijing, China. In collaboration with the pre-eminent Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), select high school and university students earned UHM credit in SOCS 180: Global Studies and a distinguished certificate from BFSU.
The Mānoa Academy strives to maintain the majority of its programs tuition free to students. To support these efforts, participating schools pay an administrative fee intended to marginally offset instructional costs.