Orientation is filled with fun activities, events, and workshops all designed to Create Connections with other new students, with our amazing UH Hilo faculty, and with numerous campus resources and the awesome staff that run them. We'll also have workshops which will help to set you up to be Academically Successful here at UH Hilo, and of course there will be lots and lots of Vulcan spirit as we welcome you into our university ʻOhana.
Spring 2016 New Student Orientation
Registration for Spring 2016 New Student Orientation will open mid October. Stay tuned for more details.
Spring 2016 New Student Orientation will be Thursday, January 7th - Saturday, January 9th, 2016.
When should I arrive?
The Airport Shuttle Registration deadline has now passed.
If you've living on campus in the Residence Halls you should plan to arrive on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. We'll have free Shuttles from the airport to campus available.
Reservations for the Aiport shuttle will open Mid October.
As you're making your travel arrangements, be sure to check out our Travel Info page. You could be eligible for a discounted flight.
Airport Shuttle to campus
Looking ahead to Fall New Student Orientation, we will have shuttles available to pick you up from the airport and bring you to campus. This service is free and is a way for us to welcome you to Hilo and into our ʻohana (family).
International Students, please click here for information.
What others have said
We always like to assess the programs that we offer so that we can continue to improve the way in which we support the success of our students. Here are a couple of things our students told us last year about their Orientation experience:
- 97% said "Orientation helped me feel welcomed to UH Hilo"
- 93% said "Through Orientation I learned about resources and offices on campus"
- 99% said "Orientation helped me feel better prepared to start my first semester at UH Hilo"
- 92% said "I would recommend this orientation program to other new students"
One student said:
"I am a non-traditional transfer student and, even though I am not freshman age or a new student, I really got a lot out of attending orientation. I didn't feel singled out because of my age or where I'm from. In fact, I felt right at home because of the incredible diversity in age and ethnicity on campus. I'm glad I am attending UH Hilo and I would highly recommend attending it to my friends and family."
Another student said:
"It was very helpful in my transition into college, I recommend this program to new upcoming freshmen."