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 during Week of Welcome.

Which of the several freshmen sessions should I choose?

NSO staff recommends that freshman attend one of the first 5 one-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.

If you choose to attend the Week of Welcome orientation, 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.

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 one-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