University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

Information for Admitted Students

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Partial Advance Tuition Deposit

Newly accepted students will be asked to submit a $60 tuition deposit if they intend to enroll at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. The deposit is non-refundable, cannot be transferred to another campus, and applies only for the term the student was accepted. Students who are experiencing financial difficulty and who are awaiting financial aid should contact the Admissions Office in writing to secure their enrollment for the following term.

Medical Clearance

All newly enrolled students must send in the following:

  1. A completed Health History Form (mailed from the Admissions Office with the student’s acceptance letter or downloaded from;
  2. Results of a tuberculin skin test (PPD) or chest x-ray performed not more than 12 months prior to enrollment date;
  3. If born after 1956, proof of immunity to measles (rubeola), mumps, and rubella.

Note: TB tests and chest x-rays performed in foreign countries are not acceptable for clearance.

Writing Placement

All entering freshmen, continuing or transfer students without credit for English 100, and all students for whom English is not a native language must take the UH Hilo Writing Placement Examination. Performance in this examination will determine placement in the appropriate writing course. Registration forms for the examination are available from the UH Hilo Admissions Office, the Humanities Division Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, or the following Web site:

English Proficiency Test

All non-native speakers of English are required to sit for the English Proficiency Test (EPT) to determine if supplemental ESL classes are required. More information can be found at

Math Placement

UH Hilo offers a wide range of math courses for entering students. A placement test is required to enroll in a math course and is offered each semester during orientation and other announced times during the year. Information about taking the exam is sent to entering students each semester. Students with concerns about the appropriate math course will have an opportunity to discuss them with an advisor or a representative from the Math Department during orientation.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is offered during the week before classes begin in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students enrolling at UH Hilo for the first time are provided with an extensive program of academic and social activities designed to facilitate their adjustment to the University and to the Hilo community. During orientation, academic advisors assist new students with course selection and registration. Additional orientation activities and services help students to become more knowledgeable about their campus, to become familiar with the diverse opportunities available to get involved in campus life, and to become a member of our campus community.

For students entering in the Fall semester, UH Hilo conducts early registration and academic advising sessions periodically throughout the summer. During these sessions, students learn about degree programs and requirements as well as receive assistance with selecting and registering for courses. Students attending these sessions are expected to participate fully in our New Student Orientation program as well.

Students enrolling for the first time at UH Hilo are strongly encouraged to participate in New Student Orientation. During orientation, new students will be able to build a solid foundation to ensure a successful collegiate experience and to make the essential support connections to fellow students, faculty, and staff. For more information, contact the orientation coordinator, (808) 933-0732.