Second time’s the charm for students to complete their degree at UH Mānoa.

Come Back to Mānoa reaches out to eligible undergraduate seniors who voluntarily departed UH Mānoa before completing their first bachelor’s degree. Students in this situation most often cited personal reasons, financial concerns and academic issues as a reason for leaving. Others were near completion but unable to finish degree requirements.

Since the program was initiated during summer 2014, more than 1,962 students who left UH Mānoa were identified as in good standing with a significant number of completed credits—but without a degree. Given the statistics that show the value of a college degree, helping these students complete their education is one of the main goals for the Come Back to Mānoa program.

Of the identified students, 384 (more than 19 percent) responded, 168 became active in the program, and 113 students—more than two thirds—graduated, with another 17 on their way toward completing their degree.