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Orientation will be 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 a UH Hilo, and of course there will be lots and lots of Vulcan spirit as we welcome you into our university 'Ohana.

We're really excited to invite you to Fall 2014 New Student Orientation.

The Orientation Registration Deadline has now passed.
If you have any questions please feel free to call us at (808) 932-7384.

Orientation Check In on Wednesday, Auguts 20th

Check-In on Wednesday, August 20th will be in the Campus Center Plaza from 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM. You're welcome to come by at any time during the day to check in. If you've signed up for an Evening of Aloha, be sure to check in before 6:00 PM (when the event starts).

At check in you'll recieve your welcome bag, name tag, as well as a complete schedule for Orientation. You'll also be able to sign up for excursions around the Big Island, get a campus tour, and even a tour of Hilo if you're not from the area.

If you have not yet paid for Orientation but have signed up, you'll be able to do that tomorrow at check in.

If you have not yet signed up for Orientation, we will have a table for "on-site" registration which will assist you in registering "at the door".

When is Fall 2014 New Student Orientation?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Fall New Student Orientation!
    • Workshops and events to welcome and prepare you to be successful here at UH Hilo.
    • Activities to help you make new friends
    • Explore the Big Island and learn about the history and culture of Hawaii
    • Meet your professors and other people from around campus
    • Learn about what you can do with your major
    • Begin to build your school pride and be excited to become a Vulcan!
    • ... and much more!

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Fall Parent & Family Orientation
    • Learn about all of the resources available to your student
    • How can you best support their success
    • Hear from current UH Hilo Faculty and Staff who are parents and what their experience was like sending their student off to college.
    • Meet other parents of new UH Hilo students.
    • ... and much more!
  • Note that Parent & Family Orientation is only 2 days, while Student Orientation is 4 days.

Register for Fall 2014 New Student Orientation and Parent & Family Orientation

Getting here...

Travel Arrangements

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

The Shuttle Reservation system is now closed. We'll see you in a few days.

On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 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 about arriving on August 18th.

More information and to sign up for your shuttle

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."

The complete Fall 2013 New Student Orientation Assessment Report