About the Program


What can I expect from the Parent Program?

The Parent Program has been designed to provide parents and family members of new students with essential information about UHM academics, resources and services within an interactive format.

At the NSO parent program, attendees will be able to:

  • Talk to representatives from academic and campus life programs and student support services
  • Hear about services, programs, and opportunities available to students from current UHM students
  • Be able to discuss important issues about the next phase of your relationship you're your student
  • Learn about ways to support your daughter or son during their first-year of college or transition into UHM
  • Visit the Resource Fair- a gathering of important university partners offering services that your student will utilize during their time at UHM
  • Go on a guided tour of the campus
  • Meet other parents and family members of other incoming freshmen or transfer students

The NSO staff believes that parents are vital to the success of incoming students as they are the ones to provide support and encouragement to their students directly and often. The goal of the Parent Program is to provide parents and family members with a strong sense of what students will face from the moment they step foot on campus and how to support them during this important transition point in their lives.

Can I sit in on my student's orientation program?

The program offered to students has been designed not only to provide the information and social contact that new students need, but also fosters their independence and self-reliance to begin the process of a special kind of separation from their family during this phase of their lives. At NSO, students receive support from UHM faculty, staff, and current UHM students, who receive intensive training to serve as peer mentors and guides. As such, the student program is designed specifically to meet student needs, while the parent program is designed to meet the needs and interests of parents and families.

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.

Is there an orientation for parents of transfer students?

Yes. The orientation for parents of transfer students will take place on the same days as the orientation days for transfer students (August 1st or 13th and during WoW).