Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to attend an orientation session?

UHM's orientation program is not mandatory, but new students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend.

If attendance is not mandatory, then why should I attend?

The NSO staff, which includes professional staff, students and faculty, understand the needs of students who are new to UH Manoa and have designed a program that offers essential information via a fun, interactive and informational format. At orientation, you will be actively engaged in learning about UHM and be provided with tools that will enable you to become an engaged member of the campus community throughout your time here at UHM. Participating in an NSO program offers you an opportunity to learn the in's and out's of campus life and to meet new people.

What will orientation for transfers be like?

Participants will have the ability to choose the workshops that interest them. Workshops offered throughout the day were designed to enhance new student's educational and social experience at UHM. Attendees will also be provided with a personalized campus tour led by our knowledgeable staff, meet with campus personnel, and interact with other students, both current and new. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to meet with academic advisors to chart your academic journey at Manoa.

If you are a transfer student attending Week of Welcome Orientation, you will also be able to choose from a variety of workshops that are designed meet the needs of new students to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. There will also be many opportunities for you 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.

What if I'm not sure whether I can attend an orientation session? Can I just be a walk-in on the day of orientation?

We do not accept walk-ins at our 1-day sessions. All registrations must be done on-line. Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up as soon as they know they can attend as spots do fill up quickly.

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