Frequently Asked Questions - Freshman Sessions

Am I required to attend an orientation session?

UHM's orientation program is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. The orientation staff understands the needs of incoming students and has designed a program that offers essential information in a high energy, interactive format. At orientation, you will be engaged in learning and be provided with tools that will enable you to become active agents throughout your years at UHM. Equally important, orientation offers you the chance to learn how to navigate successfully around campus and to meet other students, staff, and faculty. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about everything the campus can offer you before the first day of classes.

What will orientation for freshmen be like?

Before coming to their session, participants are assigned to a small group led by an NSO leader comprised of their peers (if attending the one-day program). Participants will also be able to use the NSO website's online tutorial prior to attending their orientation session. In this online tutorial, some basic information that will be helpful to students before they arrive for the one- day program is available. If attending the orientation during Week of Welcome (WoW), the online tutorial is extremely helpful as registered WoW participants will be assigned a priority registration date before the week begins

The NSO program provides a vast variety of learning experiences all geared toward helping participants be successful students at UHM. The format includes large lecture and small group discussions facilitated by both staff and peers. Throughout the day, participants have many opportunities to ask questions. Additionally, because attendees are assigned to a group of approximately 10 of their peers, (if you are attending the one-day program) guided by an NSO leader, they'll have multiple opportunities throughout the day to get to know other students.

Those attending the Week of Welcome program will have the flexibility and opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops that were designed to meet the needs of incoming students. There will also be many opportunities for participants to meet and interact with other new students, as well as faculty and staff.

Can I arrive late or leave early?

It is not recommended to do this as the program has been designed to cover a lot of essential information in a concise way so that each aspect of the day builds upon the other. As such, all participants should plan on being present and accountable throughout the day. If they come late or leave early, they might miss out on important information.

I am flying in for the day from a neighbor island to attend an NSO 1-day session. How much time might I need to leave campus to make it to the airport and not miss anything important?

We suggest that you expect to stay on campus at least until 5:30pm in case you want to go on an optional residential hall tour. Additionally, the traffic at the time that NSO ends typically is during Oahu's rush hour.