Selecting an Orientation Session
Why should I attend orientation?
At orientation you'll receive the essential information needed for a successful transition to college:
- Academic information and peer support to help you prepare for your first registration
- An introduction to the physical and social environment that makes up the UHM campus
- The opportunity to meet other members of the incoming freshman class, current UHM students, and faculty and staff
- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day (lunch provided for the one-day sessions and on the 21st and 22nd of Week of Welcome).
Which of the several freshmen sessions should I choose?
NSO staff recommends that freshman attend one of the first 5 1-day (F1 - F5) sessions offered. During these sessions, freshman will have time to consider their academic goals and review & reflect upon the information received at orientation before their peers. All paid NSO participants will be able to register for their classes on August 12 or 13.
If you choose to attend the Week of Welcome orientation, which occurs August 20th to the 23rd, you will be able to attend a variety of workshops that will assist in your transition to college and to Hawai'i. Sessions cover essential academic information, provide peer support and coaching, introduce you to the UHM campus and help prepare you for life on Oahu, especially if you are new to the island. WoW participants will also be able to register for classes on 8/12 or 8/13 but, please note that these dates are prior to WoW. This means you will need to do some work on your own, with the help of online resources, to register before you arrive.
Note: To minimize travel costs, continental U.S. and international students are encouraged to attend the Week of Welcome orientation session because residence halls open for Freshmen on 8/20/12.
Are there other factors that I should consider when selecting an orientation session?
Yes. Specific academic advising for all majors may not be available at every orientation session. Various departments/colleges may not be able to offer specific academic advising at each session. It would be most beneficial for you to attend an orientation session where your department/colleges will be present. Please see the academic advising link to see which departments/colleges will be present at each orientation session.
If you are unable to attend a session where your department/college is present, don't worry! You should still sign up to attend NSO based on your availability. We do encourage you to contact an advisor from your department to set up an appointment directly; many advisors are around during the summer and have historically been able to meet with students in the past. We will have trained NSO staff provide you with basic academic information and how to locate contact information for advising as well.
What if I'm not sure now whether I (as well as other members of my family) can attend an orientation session? Can I just be a walk in on the day of orientation?
Yes and No. We do not accept walk-ins for any of the 1-day sessions. However, we will accept walk-ins for Week of Welcome (WoW). More information regarding walk-in registration will be available on the website in early summer for the Week of Welcome Program.
I am transferring from another college, but I will still be a freshman (24 or fewer credits), should I go to a freshman orientation?
You are more than welcome to attend either freshman or transfer orientation. Please visit the pages for both the Transfer and Freshman sessions and decide which is a better fit for you. If you would like to talk to a staff member about selecting a program, please call us at 808-956-3667 or email us at email@example.com.