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West Valley College

West Valley College (WVC) in the California Community College system and CSS are partnering to provide WVC students with the opportunity of a lifetime. WVC students who complete the Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) will be guaranteed acceptance to UHM with junior standing.

WVC students will also enjoy:

  • The prestige of belonging to a premier research university consistently ranked in the top 1.5% globally.
  • Priority UH Mānoa registration with junior standing.
  • Satisfaction of nearly all General Education requirements. 
  • Concierge advising services, including pre-transfer advising and transition coaching.
  • Discounted tuition for qualified California students through the Western Undergraduate Exchange tuition program.
  • Resident tuition rates for eligible Native Hawaiian students.

Associate Degree for Transfer

To qualify, complete an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in one of the areas below with a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or better, and receive automatic admission, with junior standing, into the following UHM majors:

West Valley College ADTUH Mānoa BA Major
Administration of JusticeSociology
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Business AdministrationEconomics
Child and Adolescent DevelopmentSociology
Communication StudiesJournalism
Early Childhood EducationSociology
GeographyGeography and Environment
Political SciencePolitical Science
Social JusticeEthnic Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
*Maximum of 9 credits may be required to complete General Education Core and foundation requirements.

Associate Degree

A student who has completed an approved WVC Associate Arts (AA) or Associate Science (AS) in the following majors will be assured to be admitted with a track to respective UHM majors:

West Valley CollegeUH Mānoa BA Major
Liberal Arts (AA)Select Social Sciences majors
Park Management (AS)Geography and Environment
Additional General Education units may be required and students may be admitted prior to achieving junior standing.

Additional Resources

For WVC Students or Advisors

  • Use the UH Course Transfer Database to determine course equivalencies
  • TRANSFER FROM: 4958-West Valley College CA
  • TRANSFER TO: MAN-University of Hawaii at Manoa

For WVC Advisors

Living the Aloha: An Aloha Pathway Success Story

Transfer Student Profile – Keiley Kaleolani Alvaro

  • Born and raised in Los Gatos and Saratoga, California
  • Graduated from WVC with an Associate degree in liberal arts
  • Enrolled at the College of Social Sciences in 2018
  • Graduated in 2020 with a bachelor of arts (double major in ethnic studies and psychology)
  • Future plans include going to graduate school, becoming a special education teacher

“I first learned about the Aloha Pathway program at a College Day fair at West Valley College. I am part Native Hawaiian, and had always thought about studying at the University of Hawai‘i to connect with my culture. When I did a campus tour, I instantly thought I could make Mānoa my home. I have not only made connections with my peers and professors, but also with the community. When I’m not working hard on my academics you can find me outdoors hiking, scuba diving and catching some waves with my sorority sisters. I am forever grateful for the Aloha Pathway program that made Hawai‘i my second home.”

Aloha Pathways to the
College of Social Sciences
at UH Mānoa

For questions about the Aloha Pathways program, please contact:

Jaret KC Leong

Jaret KC Leong

Director of Mānoa Academy and Academic Pathways

Saunders Hall 312

(808) 956-3687