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The Early Admissions Program is a special admission and enrollment program for academically-accomplished or vocationally-gifted high school juniors or seniors. These students may take college level academic or vocational classes at Kaua`i Community College if they have exhausted all appropriate advancement opportunities available through the high school.

As an Early Admissions applicant, you must:

  1. Be enrolled in courses at your high school.
  2. Be a junior or senior at your high school.
  3. Meet all of Kaua`i Community College’s admission requirements other than high school graduation, as well as course prerequisites.
  4. Have your high school counselor and your parent complete the "Early Admissions Parent/School Approval Form."

List "SPEA" as your major on the UH System Application Form and submit it with the "Early Admissions Parent/School Approval Form" to our Admissions & Records Office. The form is available at your high school of attendance.


Running Start is a statewide program that provides an opportunity for academically qualified juniors and seniors to enroll in college classes through the University of Hawai`i system as part of their high school coursework. This unique partnership between the Department of Education and the University of Hawai`i system allows public high school students to attend college classes during the fall, spring, and summer while earning both high school and college credits. Students should contact their high school counselor to see if they qualify and for more information.

Visit the Running Start web site.


Jump Start is a pilot project that allows public high school seniors to enroll full-time in career and technical education programs at Honolulu Community College, Kapi'olani Community College, Leeward Community College, or Kaua'i Community College. Students earn high school credit for college courses they successfully complete during their senior year. Students can also still participate in their high school co-curricular activities such as sports, clubs, band, prom, and special committees.

Visit the Jump Start web site.


Academically-accomplished or vocationally-gifted home schooled applicants, 16 years of age or older, and not currently enrolled in a public, private, charter, or independent high school. A valid copy of the State of Hawai`i Department of Education Exceptions to Compulsory Education Form (4140) is required.

Contact the Admissions & Records Office arkauai@hawaii.edu for more information.


Admissions & Records Office

One Stop Center, Rm. 101

3-1901 Kaumuali`i Highway

Lihu`e, HI  96766-9500

Email:  arkauai@hawaii.edu

Phone:  (808) 245-8225

Fax:      (808) 245-8297