New Student Programs

New Student Programs (NSP) is committed to supporting all of the newest members of our university ʻohana (family). Our mission is to build a foundation for student’s full academic and social integration into the campus through the development of long lasting connections to other students, faculty, staff and student support resources; to build a supportive learning environment that promotes academic success; and to create a commitment to and understanding of what it means to be a proud member of our UH Hilo ʻohana.

Orientation is just around the corner!

Fall 2015 New Student Orientation is Wednesday, August 19-Sunday, August 23. Check in for Orientation will be in the Campus Center Plaza between 8:00 AM - Noon on Wednesday, August 19th. Stop by any time during those hours to check in, get your welcome bag, get your schedule, sign up for one of the many excursions around the Big Island, and more. There will also be Campus Tours as well as Van Tours of Hilo.

The Deadline to Register for Fall 2015 New Student Orientation has passed! However, if you still want to attend Orientation, come by the Campus Center Plaza on Wednesday, August 19 between 8:00 AM - Noon and we can register you on-site.

Learn more about Fall New Student Orientation and Sign Up today!

Announcing the University Concierge!

The University Concierge, is the newest resource for current Students, Faculty, and Staff as well as visitors to UH Hilo. The University Concierge is UH Hilo's Gateway for campus information & visitor services. Located on the first floor of the Student Services Center, the University Concierge is available to answer all of your questions and more. Check them out!

Join a Living Learning Community for Fall 2015

A living learning community is where first year students with a shared interest live together in one of our residence halls. They take a shared class together and have an amazing outside-of-the-classroom experience focused around that particular theme or interest. These communities are all designed to support the academic success of our students, help students make friends, and ultimately graduate and become a successful member of the global community. The Living Learning Community program is an outstanding way in which the University of Hawai'i at Hilo is supporting the success of our newest students.

Learn more about the 6 communities and how to sign up

Hoʻokahi ka Umauma - "One Heart" video

Check out the video that New Student Programs and the Lava Shoot created highlighting some of the outstanding programs and people at UH Hilo.


Fall 2014 New Student Class Photo

Mahalo to everyone who participated in Orientation this year! We had a blast putting the event together and we hope you had a good time and gained knowledge and experiences that will prepare you for your year here.

Check out this year's class photo:

Class photo

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