Academics
High School

HPU Partnership

PARTNERSHIP WITH HAWAII PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

Through an exciting partnership with Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU), Maryknoll High School juniors and seniors have the option of taking courses at HPU for dual credit at no additional tuition cost.

Students who complete sufficient credits may even earn an HPU Associate of Arts degree at the same time as their Maryknoll high school diploma, potentially resulting in significant savings of up to two years' worth of time and undergraduate tuition.
“HPU’s partnership with Maryknoll is a part of our commitment to approach higher education in an innovative way by giving students the ability to create personalized academic experiences, expedite the attainment of a college degree and equip graduates with the experience and skills to succeed.”

– John Gotanda, President, Hawai‘i Pacific University


Why Should I Consider the Maryknoll-HPU Early College Program?

  • Students are exposed to the type of college curriculum that research has found to promote bachelor’s degree attainment.

  • Participate in the program may lower the cost of postsecondary education by enabling students to earn free college credits and shorten their time to degree completion.

  • The program provides students with more realistic information about the academic and social skills that they will need in order to succeed in college through their participation in actual college courses.

  • Students receive first-hand experience in what campus life is like, which can help ease their transition from high school to college.

Our 2019 Maryknoll-HPU graduates are continuing on at universities including HPU, UH Mānoa, University of California — Berkeley, and Creighton University.


Earning Your HPU Associate of Arts Degree as a Maryknoll Student


Maryknoll High School students who meet eligibility requirements can earn a two-year Associate of Arts in General Studies (AA) degree from HPU at the same time as their Maryknoll high school diploma. This highly rigorous option is for students who commit to earning 60 HPU credits during their junior and senior years by taking most of their courses at HPU’s downtown Honolulu campus. Students may finish their four-year bachelor’s degree at HPU or at another college or university. Earning an AA degree during high school could mean significant financial savings on college tuition.

If you're interested in joining this innovated program or would like additional information, please see below:

Prospective Families: Please contact our Admission Office or apply online for admission to Maryknoll today. 

Current Maryknoll Families: Please contact Mr. Larry Kekaulike, Director of College Guidance, for additional information.


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Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: 808.952.8400