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College Opportunities Program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

More commonly referred to as C.O.P., we offer a statewide entry-level freshman program that provides a summer and first-year residential college experience for individuals who are: Hawaiʻi residents and who may not meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), are academically under prepared, economically disadvantaged, represent a positive role model to communities underrepresented at the UHM, non-traditional, or in need of a structured college entry. Participants who successfully complete the COP summer program requirements are admitted to the UHM in the fall semester and advance to COP's First-Year Academic Program.

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Upward Bound

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a free, year-round program which provides a variety of services and activities to assist high school students pursue their educational & career goals!

Once the student has been accepted into the program, we will work with them throughout the academic year & each summer! We will provide instructions, activities and services resulting in participants who will be academically, socially, financially and emotionally successful in college and beyond.

Program Services

  • Academic Instruction & Tutoring

  • SAT, ACT & PSAT Test Preparation

  • College & Career Exploration

  • Academic & College Prep Advising

  • Help w/ Financial Aid, Scholarship & College Applications

  • Team Building & Leadership Development

  • Motivational Workshops

  • College Tours & Educational Enrichment Trips

  • Six-week Summer College Residential Experience

  • Upward Bound Summer Exchange Program

Complete an Interest Card to begin the process of joining Upward Bound.

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The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. ACT's writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score.

Consider choosing a test date at least two months ahead of the application deadlines of all the colleges and scholarship agencies you might want to apply to.

Scores for the ACT are normally reported within 2–8 weeks after the test date. If you take the ACT with writing, scores will be reported only after all of your scores are available, including writing, normally within 5–8 weeks after the test date.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid



The summer before your senior year is the best time to start applying for college. Most students do the majority of their application work in the fall of their senior year. See a college application timeline for seniors.

Anatomy of An Application

Your college application gives admission officers an idea of who you are. Follow the link below to see some of the most common requirements.




The NCAA and the NAIA are the governing associations of collegiate athletics

  • Students must

    • prove their eligibility to play 

    • register with the association that the college they intend to play is associated.

  • There is an $80.00 fee for NCAA or NAIA registration

  • Students do not have to register for both

  • Fee waivers are available for students that qualify for free or reduced lunch, see Mrs. Kise DeLuz.

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Learn the difference between the two associations to understand:

  • How many scholarships are available

  • From where?

  • Possible Restrictions 

The amount and type of scholarships offered depend on: 

  • Which association the college is affiliated with

  • Which division the college plays in


Visit Mrs. DeLuz if you need help determining your eligibility to play or help registering. 




Learn more about opportunities available at NCAA schools.

Complete NCAA-approved courses throughout high school. Your high school counselor can help you find and select courses.

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center 

during your sophomore year

After six semesters, ask your high school counselor to send official transcripts from all high schools you have attended to the NCAA Eligibility Center.


Registration with the NAIA Eligibility Center is required for students who plan to attend an NAIA school.

By registering students can let NAIA coaches know you're interested in playing in college. helps future student-athletes discover and connect with NAIA schools, coaches and athletic scholarships & is the official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility. 

Students, who have completed their junior year of high school with at least a 3.0 GPA & the minimum test scores required, may obtain an eligibility determination.

Request your transcripts be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center and contact ACT or SAT to have their test scores sent directly.


The National Junior College Athletic Association

NJCAA member colleges determine the eligibility of student-athletes so no "registration" is required.​​

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