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UH Hilo's New Student Orientation

Orientation is 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 will also have workshops which will help to set you up to be Academically Successful here at UH Hilo, and of course there will be lots and lots of Vulcan spirit as we welcome you into our university ʻohana (family).

Fall 2016 Vulcan Orientation

Aloha to our new Vulcans joining our ʻohana for Fall 2016 - look for information coming your way this summer. This year’s orientation is 4 days and will start on Wednesday August 17th! Check in will be from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm with our kick off event at 12:30 pm.

Learn more about UH Hilo, campus & programs, and Hilo through our social media newsletter: #UHHiloin100Days (PDF).

Learn more about Orientation.

When should I arrive?

If you are living on campus in the Residence Halls you should plan to arrive on Tuesday August 16, 2016. We will have free shuttles from the airport to campus available. The Airport Shuttle registration is open, sign up today!

International students should arrive on August 15, 2016. Contact Jim Mellon for more information.

Getting here...

Travel Arrangements

As you are making your travel arrangements, be sure to check out our Travel Info page. You could be eligible for a discounted flight.

Airport Shuttle to campus

Looking ahead to Spring New Student Orientation, we will have shuttles available to pick you up from the airport and bring you to campus. This service is free and is a way for us to welcome you to Hilo and into our ʻohana.

More information and to sign up for your shuttle

What others have said

We always like to assess the programs that we offer so that we can continue to improve the way in which we support the success of our students. Here are a couple of things our students told us last year about their Orientation experience:

  • 97% said "Orientation helped me feel welcomed to UH Hilo"
  • 93% said "Through Orientation I learned about resources and offices on campus"
  • 99% said "Orientation helped me feel better prepared to start my first semester at UH Hilo"
  • 92% said "I would recommend this orientation program to other new students"

One student said:

"I am a non-traditional transfer student and, even though I am not freshman age or a new student, I really got a lot out of attending orientation. I didn't feel singled out because of my age or where I'm from. In fact, I felt right at home because of the incredible diversity in age and ethnicity on campus. I'm glad I am attending UH Hilo and I would highly recommend attending it to my friends and family."

Another student said:

"It was very helpful in my transition into college, I recommend this program to new upcoming freshmen."

The complete Fall 2013 New Student Orientation Assessment Report