Frequently Asked Questions - Transfers Sessions

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. We absolutely recognize the fact that transfer students are always familiar with the basics of college life. However, we strongly encourage transfer students to attend NSO at UHM because the program is designed to provide information on the in's and out's of the Manoa campus in particular.

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

NSO sessions for transfers offer essential information via a fun, interactive and informational format. At transfer 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?

If you are a transfer student attending a one-day session, you will also be able to choose from a variety of workshops that are designed to meet the needs of new students to the University of Hawai'i 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 NSO ends typically during O'ahu'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 at least two days prior to the session date. 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