UH Hilo's New Student Orientation

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.

Fall 2015 New Student Orientation

Registration is now open! Sign Up today!

Here are the dates for Orientation:
  • Check In and Day 1: Wednesday, August 19
  • 5 day New Student Orientation: Wednesday, August 19 - Sunday, August 23
  • 2 day Parent & Family Orientation: Wednesday, August 19 - Thursday, August 20

When should I arrive?

If you've living on campus in the Residence Halls you should plan to arrive on Tuesday, August 18th. We'll have free Shuttles from the airport to campus available.

A note for international students: Please plan to arrive on Monday, August 17.

Checking in on Wednesday morning 8:00 AM - Noon

On Wednesday morning (August 19th) we'll be set up in the Campus Center Plaza to check you in. At Check-In you'll receive your welcome bag as well as your schedule for Orientation. You'll also be able to go on a walking tour of campus or even a driving tour of Hilo. Additionally, students will be able to sign up for the many excursions around the island that we'll be hosting.

When does Orientation Officially Begin?

Fall 2015 New Student Orientation will start on Wednesday, August 19 at 12:30 PM. After you check in on Wednesday, we suggest getting your student ID as well as joining us for a tour of Campus or of Hilo.

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

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.

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