Come Back to Mānoa

Complete your degree at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

The Benefits of Finishing Your Bachelor’s Degree

A college graduate has a statistically higher earning potential, serves as a positive role model, and contributes to a more socially and economically equitable society. If you’ve made it to senior year, you’ve come too far to leave empty-handed — and we’re here to help you get back on track!

  • The longer you wait, the harder it becomes to return
  • Increase your earning and promotion potential
  • Personal satisfaction of earning your degree
  • Serve as a role model for family and friends
  • Online and on-campus courses available
  • CBM is here to help you graduate – let’s make a plan!

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Who We Serve

Come Back to Mānoa is a program to help you complete your degree.

Student Success Stories

Inspiring stories about our graduates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do my previous college credits expire?

Undergraduate college credits do not expire. There are a few majors that will not accept courses toward their major after a certain amount of time (varies), however, the courses and the credits can still be used toward graduation requirements or possibly another major. Several students who last attended UH Mānoa in the 1970s have returned and graduated. We are happy to review your academic records and talk with you about how your previous coursework can still count toward earning your first bachelor's degree. Please submit the online form on the Letʻs Connect page to get started!

What if I’m interested in returning to UH Mānoa to complete my bachelor’s degree but do not meet the CBM eligibility requirements?

While the Come Back to Mānoa program is designed for a particular group of former students, we support your desire to return to UH Mānoa to complete your degree. You may submit the online form on the Letʻs Connect page, and we will review your records. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements, we will discuss your options and refer you to someone on campus who can assist you.

What is the difference between “stopping out” and “dropping out” of college?

Generally speaking, “stopping out” means to withdraw temporarily from college, putting one’s education on hold with the intention to return and complete a degree. “Dropping out” of college generally means leaving with no intention at that time to return or complete a degree. However, students who drop out of college certainly can change their minds and return to complete their degree!

What if my daughter/son/significant other really needs to return to UH Mānoa and complete their bachelor’s degree?

Your encouragement and support will go a long way in helping someone in your life accomplish this major objective. However, she or he needs to want to complete the degree. Engage in a serious discussion, and if this is their objective as well, please have the individual contact our office for more information.  

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UH Mānoa Online

Online degree and certificate programs from UH Mānoa.


Stay on track or get ahead by taking online or accelerated courses.

Continuing Education

Degree and certificate programs on flexible schedules and in online and hybrid formats.

Arts & Culture

Personal enrichment with music and dance performances, and presentations from visiting artists and scholars.

International Programs

In-person and online learning experiences for international students and groups that educate, inform, and inspire.


Michele Wilson

I want to share how grateful I am for your support and guidance throughout the process. You made the decision to finish my degree a positive experience in a time of great stress in my life. Thank you so much. I hope you know what an impact you have made in my life and the lives of many.

Chris Brown

I have been wanting to come back to college for years. Shannon Johnson helped me believe I could do it…she made everything so easy for me to understand and helped me set goals in order to get one step closer to graduating. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

Michele Brailo

I am not sure that words can explain how grateful I am to finally have achieved my dream of obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing!  Dr. Johnson was there every step of the way, checking in on me and encouraging me…She gave me a boost in confidence, and for an adult learner this is something we all could use!


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