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Questions asked by New Students

Find the answers to some questions frequently asked by new Vulcans.

  1. What happens during Orientation?
  2. When is Orientation?
  3. Is orientation mandatory?
  4. What if I only want to, or can, only attend a few activities during orientation- do I still have to pay the entire $75 fee?
  5. Do I have to attend orientation to get advising and register for classes?
  6. If I already registered for orientation but I decided not to go, can I get a refund?
  7. Do parents need to go to orientation?
  8. What is a Freshman Guaranteed Academic Schedule?
  9. I’m not an incoming freshman but I still have a hold on my account.  Why?

 


What happens during Orientation?

Orientation will be filled with fun activities, events, and workshops all designed to Create Connections with other new students, with our amazing UH Hilo faculty, and with numerous campus resources and the awesome staff that run them. We'll also have workshops which will help to set you up to be Academically Successful here a UH Hilo, and of course there will be lots and lots of Vulcan spirit as we welcome you into our university 'Ohana.

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When is Orientation?

Check-in for Orientation will open on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Throughout the day on Wednesday you'll be able to pick up your Orientation Pass, Welcome Bag, and Schedule. In addition we'll be available to assist you if you haven't registered yet and want to participate in Orientation.

Join us for An Evening of Aloha, a pre-Orientation event on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Orientation will officially begin on the morning of Thursday, August 21, 2014 and continue through Saturday, August 24, 2014. This is when all of the events and activities are scheduled.

Parent & Family Orientation will start on the morning of Thursday, August 21, 2014 and continue through Friday, August 22, 2014.

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Is orientation mandatory?

While orientation is not mandatory, it is highly recommended, highly encouraged, and any other words you can think of that mean "You should go to Orientation". Orientation provides the tools and creates a foundation for both First time Freshmen and New Transfer students to be successful and to make their transition into UH Hilo as smooth and easy as possible. Besides, it's a great way to meet other new students who have common interest and goals, engage in conversations with faculty and staff, participate in workshops designed to help our newest students succeed, and create life-long friendships. Plus its choke (a lot) fun! So for the price of a nice Aloha shirt, that's a great deal.

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What if I only want to, or can, only attend a few activities during orientation- do I still have to pay the entire $75 fee?

The orientation fee is $75 for each student regardless if the student participates in one activity or all the activities offered.  We strongly encourage each student to participate in as many activities as possible.  Students who participate have an advantage. They have the information needed to succeed in classes, the opportunity to make connections with peers, and knowledge about the resources available on campus.

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Do I have to attend orientation to get advising and register for classes?

Although we encourage all students to attend orientation, you do not have to attend orientation to receive advising or to register for classes. However, there will be specific sessions dedicated to advising and meeting with faculty that only those who paid for orientation will be able to attend.

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If I already registered for orientation but I decided not to go, can I get a refund?

No, the $75 orientation fee is non-refundable. You may as well come and make the most of orientation since you paid for it!

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Do parents need to go to orientation?

Parents and family members are not required to go to orientation, but they are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Parent orientation is shorter than the student orientation and has a completely separate sign-up. Parents and family will learn about resources on campus that will help support the success of their students.  It is also an opportunity for parents to meet and engage in conversation with faculty, staff, and administrators. Parents will be able to leave UH Hilo confident that their child made the right choice of becoming a UH Hilo Vulcan!

More information about Parent Orientation

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What is a Freshman Guaranteed Academic Schedule?

A Freshman Guaranteed Academic Schedule is a pre-made schedule given to all freshman who enter UH Hilo in the fall semesters. These schedules are based on the student's major and were developed in conjunction with the academic departments.  These schedules ensure that incoming freshman receive classes both in their major and in general education which help students remain on track for degree completion. 

In order for a student to receive a Freshman Guaranteed Academic Schedule, he or she must be a first time freshman (no previous college credits), be admitted for the fall semester, and must have returned his or her Intent to Enroll card with the $60.00 non-refundable deposit to the UH Hilo Admissions Office.

If you submitted your Intent to Enroll, but still haven't received a schedule, you will want to contact the Admissions Office to verify that your information was received.

To register for Math or Chemistry courses, students need to take the placement exams. Please take the online exams as soon as possible. Information regarding placement testing is available at: http://hilo.hawaii.edu/kilohana/placements.php.

More information regarding the Freshman Guaranteed Academic Schedule

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I’m not an incoming freshman but I still have a hold on my account.  Why?

There could be a number of reasons why you have a hold on your account.  It can either be a hold put on when you transferred or it can be a medical hold.  If you look on your MyUH under the “View Charges/Make a Payment” tab there is a place where you can view your holds.  From that page you can see where your hold came. You must work with the department that put on your hold to have it removed.

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