Helpful Information


The NSO staff & leaders as well as academic advisors from around the UHM campus have fun activities and great events in store for you at orientation. What you will learn at the NSO 1-day sessions and Week of Welcome will be based on the introduction to campus life found in the NSO online tutorial.

The NSO staff recommends that all incoming freshmen and transfers to:

  • Put as much time into the NSO online tutorial as you can before you arrive for your NSO session. The more you know when you walk-in, the more enriching your experience at NSO will be by bringing your questions with you to ask of leaders, staff and advisors, and better use of your time it will be
  • Review UHM's degree requirements and make a list of the courses you want and need to enroll in
  • Take notes, download pages, keep the materials together, and bring these to NSO- there's always someone present who can help you navigate through the information
  • Avoid procrastination! Completing the NSO tutorial takes approximately 1 hour and is a great investment into your future success at UHM

Here's what you'll find at the NSO Online Tutorial:

  • Essential academic information that will help you prepare for registration
  • Tips on getting involved on campus
  • Information to begin (or continue) thinking about career and life planning
  • A Plethora of resources


Overview of UHM Organization and General Education Requirements

  • Where do I start?

    At first glance, academics at UH-Manoa may appear to be an overwhelmingly intricate web of colleges, schools, departments, and majors. You will be joining a student body of over 14,000 undergraduates pursing degrees and certificates in over 80 fields of study and 35 or more undergraduate minors. However, once you get a chance to truly understand the great opportunities available to you and how to use them, it won't seem as daunting. Before students can jump in and start registering for courses,they should try to be as familiar as possible with how UH-Manoa is organized.

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  • What courses should I take during my first semester?

    No matter what major you eventually decide to select, everyone is required to complete three sets of requirements in order to graduate from UH-Manoa. One of these sets of requirements is the General Education (GenEd) Core & Graduation Requirements.

    It is strongly recommended that you try to complete these requirements right away! As a freshman, you should enroll in GenEd courses during your first few semesters. For some majors you'll also need to start your major requirements from the moment you step foot on campus. See your College/School advisor for more information.

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  • What are the General Education Requirements?

    To learn more about the organization of UHM and the general education requirements, please view this presentation. For more information, you can also view the General Education homepage.

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  • Check Class Availability

    After gaining a basic understanding of the General Education Requirements at UH-Manoa, you will probably be at a point where you're ready to start looking at courses that will fulfill your GenEd requirements. Perhaps you might have a few classes in mind that you may even want to try out this fall? Then the only thing left to do is plan out a schedule for which you will REGISTER!

    To plan your class schedule for the semester, review the listing of courses offered on the Check Class Availability website.You should try to become as familiar as possible with terminology used to describe each class. Certain abbreviations and symbols are used to indicate what day and time a course is held, who teaches it, how many credits can be earned taking the class, whether the course fulfills Focus or Diversification requirements, etc. As course offerings may be updated, check this site for current information so you stay on top of any changes that may affect you.

    Click here to Check Class Availability

    This presentation will help you with checking for classes and registering via MyUH.

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  • Registration Guide

    The Registration Guide explains how to enroll in classes, make changes to your registration, and provides payment information. You will also find useful information such as the Academic Calendar with registration dates and payment deadlines, placement test dates, final exam schedule, and a campus map. The Registration Guide is available online at

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UH-Manoa provides you with a wide range of academic programs and course choices. You may want to investigate Freshmen Seminars and PAC (Pre-Health and -Law Advising Center) to see how they might help with your first semester registration.

  • ACE Learning Communities

    ACE learning communities register you for a combination of two to three general education courses and a small group, 1-credit integrating seminar (CAS 110). Courses are grouped to provide you with an introduction to various academic perspectives while fulfilling graduation requirements. CAS 110 is led by a trained upperclassman peer mentor who supports you in your new learning environment. Space is limited to 15 students per learning community.

    For more information or to sign up to be a part of an ACE learning community, please call (808) 956-8626 or visit the ACE website.

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  • Freshman Seminars

    What are Freshman Seminars?

    By limiting classes to a maximum of ten (10) freshman students, Freshman Seminars offer incoming students an opportunity to learn in small group settings while fulfilling general educational requirements. The seminars encourage interactive learning within a discussion-based curriculum. Courses are led by qualified, advanced students under the direction of senior faculty members.

    How do I Register for a Freshman Seminar course?

    Classified freshmen can follow normal online course registration procedures. When registering, select the appropriate Freshman Seminar course section. Note: All Freshman Seminar sections are 300+.

    Please visit the Freshmen Seminars website for additional information.

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  • Pre-Health and -Law Advising Center (PAC)

    Students interested in pursuing careers in law, medicine, or other health sciences (dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, and other allied health fields) should visit the PAC website and center, which is located in the Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 101.

    There are specific classes that you may need to take starting your first semester in order to apply to these professional schools. For more information, visit the PAC website.

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Campus Involvement

Learning occurs both in and out of the classroom. Being involved in student organizations is a great way to learn from your peers, as well as work on your leadership skills. You can also meet others who have similar interests as you.

Click here for more information on Getting Involved in a Club or Organization