NSE Admissions and Registration Information
You are guaranteed admission by virtue of your NSE acceptance. However, you must still go through the admissions process detailed below. You must already be admitted to UH Hilo before you can get on-campus housing, setup MyUH Portal, or register for classes.
- Submit your online admissions application and type "NSE" in the section that asks if you have applied before.
- Send your transcript (official preferred, unofficial accepted) and $50 non-refundable application fee to Admissions. Fee can be paid by credit card though the online application process (or fax downloaded "credit card form" to 808-933-0861). If you choose the paper application process, you can mail your check to UH Hilo, Admissions Office, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720.
- You will ultimately receive an acceptance letter from the Admissions Office. It might include a request for a $60 tuition deposit that is counted towards your tuition payment. NSE'ers do "not" need to pay the $60 admissions deposit nor do they need to return the intent to enroll card.
Note: High School transcripts are not needed!
The Fall 2013 UH Hilo Admissions priority deadline is April 1, 2013. Final Deadline, June 30, 2013.
Students wishing to apply for on-campus housing should apply for admission ASAP.
Registration Process (Also read the Pre-Registration process info below)
- The Fall 2013 registration date for new, incoming NSE'ers is April 27.
- The Spring 2014 registration date for new, incoming NSE'ers is TBA.
- Please read the "pre-registration, pre-requisite approval" process info below. The list of Fall 2013 "currently available classes" will be available via the "Registrar" link on the UH Hilo homepage <www.uhh.hawaii.edu> or via MyUH Portal.
Registering for classes is done via the internet on the "MyUH" portal--with the exception of "directed/independent study" classes (199-, 299-, 399-, and 499-series) which must be enrolled in "after" arrival on campus. A form must be obtained from the Records Office and completed by the student and faculty member overseeing the directed study.
It is an NSE program requirement that you be a full-time student registered for 12 or more credits. You may register for up to 18 credits online. Written permission must be obtained from the Dean's Office ("Overload" Form) and approved by the UH Hilo NSE Coordinator after you arrive on campus in order to register for additional credits, up to a maximum of 21.
Setting up a "MyUH" Account
- Visit http://myuh.hawaii.edu/ and click on the "Get a UH username!" link under the login button. Enter the requested information exactly as it appeared on the admissions application. You must be admitted by UH Hilo before you can complete this step. By the way, setting up your MyUH account automatically sets up your UH Hilo e-mail account, as well.
- Select a password and record it in a safe place. Keep your password private to ensure confidentiality.
- If you experience any problems with setting up your account, you may contact the UH Hilo Computing Center at (808) 974-7437. When you're attempting to set up your MyUH Account and you receive an error message stating that you are "not in the database"--it may be because your name, birthdate, or SSN was entered incorrectly when you were admitted.
Search for Classes
The Fall 2013 "available course" schedule of classes will be available on-line. You may view it via your MyUH Portal account or the UH Hilo homepage <www.uhh.hawaii.edu> under the "Academics" link.
You may also visit the online 2012-2013 catalog via the "Catalog" link at the top of the UH Hilo homepage <www.uhh.hawaii.edu>. It will provide course descriptions, prerequisites and course offering frequency. [S= every semester; Y= yearly; AY = alternating years; IO = infrequently offered.]
Classes recommended by former NSE'ers
- HAW 100A (Hawaiian Language in Action)
- HWST 111 (Hawaiian ‘Ohana)
- HWST 211 (Hawaiian Ethnobotany)
- HWST 213 (Hawaiian Ethnozoology)
Note: Most other Hawaiian language courses are taught in Hawaiian!
Note: Art classes and Administration of Justice are usually taught at the Manono Campus of the Hawaii Community College a few blocks from the UH Hilo Main Campus. This is about a 10-15 minute walk.
Pre-Registration, Prerequisite Approval Process:
Fall 2013 Prerequisite Submission Deadline: April 10, 2013.
Download the UH Hilo NSE Pre-Requisite Block Release Form here. Complete and fax to (808) 933-0047 Or attach form to (or type info in) an e-mail and send to <email@example.com>.
If you wish to register for any UH Hilo classes that have prerequisites, you must complete the following steps. Failure to do so could greatly limit your ability to obtain classes. You must meet UH Hilo's prerequisites, which may be different from your home school. Be sure to discuss course selection with your home campus academic advisor.
For some disciplines, such as psychology and business administration, as well as most upper division classes, you will be blocked from registering if there are prerequisite course(s) needed because the courses you've previously taken are not recorded in our school's information system database.
In order to confirm they are equivalent to UH Hilo's courses, the UH Hilo NSE Coordinator must evaluate the classes you've taken at your home school which you want to use as prerequisites in order to make sure they are equivalent to UH Hilo courses, then manually release the blocks for each UH Hilo class that has a prerequisite(s).
This can be a time-consuming process. Therefore, as much lead-time as possible is needed. Please do not wait until the last minute to provide the requested information. Please complete the prerequisite steps by April 10th for the fall semester and November 15th for the spring semester. Note: If you are exchanging for a second term, you must also complete the "Pre-Registration, Prerequisite Process" again for the second term.
- Determine if prerequisites are required for the UH Hilo class(es) you want by checking in the UH Hilo General Catalog (http://hilo.hawaii.edu/catalog/). Prerequisite info in the catalog is listed after the course description.
- Complete and Submit the Prerequisite Block Release Form, which will ask for with the following
information (This form will be emailed to you, and is also available at the link above):
- The course name and number of the class you have already taken that you want to use as the prerequisite for the UH Hilo class you wish to register for. If the name of the course you have already taken does not closely match the UH Hilo prerequisite course, also include the course description from your home campus's catalog.
- The course name and number of the UH Hilo class(es) listed as prerequisite(s) for the class you wish to take.
- The course name, number, title, and 5-digit CRN of the UH Hilo course you want to register for, exactly as it appears in the Currently Available Classes list (not the general catalog).
- If you are currently enrolled in a pre-requisite course and will not have a grade by UH Hilo's registration date, have your professor email me stating that you are expected to receive a passing grade.
Signing Up For Classes
- Login to MyUH Portal.
- In the left column, click on the "Registration" link.
- Click on "Yes - Begin Quick Registration".
- Select the appropriate term and submit.
- If you already know the CRN's of the courses you want, scroll to the bottom and fill in the blanks.
- If you need to find classes, click the "Search the Class Schedule" link at the top of the page.
- Select the appropriate term again.
- Select "University of Hawaii at Hilo" in the "by Institution" list.
- Select the Subject you wish to search and click "Class Search". (Note: you can hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple subjects to show together)
- Select "add" from the drop-down list next to any classes you wish to register for that still have seats available, then Submit.
Class Enrollment Limitations
Enrollment in certain business courses requires permission of business faculty. Competition for marine science, communication, and psychology courses is keen. Exchange unavailable to students from other Hawaii NSE campuses. Closed classes: Education, nursing and MBRS. This info is published in the "NSE Directory of Exchange Opportunities" booklet, which should have been furnished to you by your home school's NSE office.
Math and Science Placement Testing
You may be required to take placement testing for science and math classes. Discuss with your instructors upon arrival on campus.
How Closed Classes are Handled
Work closely with your home school academic advisor to develop alternative class choices in case your preferred selections are not available. After "early registration" begins for current UH Hilo students, you should frequently monitor class seat availability--particularly, since students are continually adding/dropping classes until their schedules are finalized.
If a class you want is closed when you go to register and you have no alternative choice, please contact the instructor to ask that you be put on the wait list. A given instructor may or may not keep a wait list, but it doesn't hurt to let them know you are seeking enrollment in their class. Instructor names are listed in the Currently Available Classes list. (If "staff" is indicated, an instructor has not yet been assigned by the department.) You can obtain instructor contact info via the online UH Hilo Directory link on the top of the UH Hilo home page.
The formal process for adding a course requires that students obtain a "Registration Permit" form from me or the Record's Office after you arrive and have it signed by the instructor. The good news is that this puts all students on an equal footing to add closed classes only once they have actually arrived on campus.
Keep in mind that some classes have necessary physical limitations (for example, labs and dance classes) that may make them harder to get into. If you have extenuating circumstances regarding your need for getting into a closed class, (such as being a graduating senior, for example) please notify me right away.
Tuition/Fees Payment Info
Tuition for Fall 2012-Spring 2013: $2,940 + $152 fees per semester.
Installment Payment Plan
Students with a minimum unpaid balance of $300.00 can enroll in the new payment plan for a $30 non-refundable fee per semester. For details visit <http://myuhinfo.hawaii.edu/object/paymentfaq.html>. Contact the UH Hilo Business Office for further info at 808-974-7404.
Plan B students pay tuition to their home institution! Please read the UH Hilo Campus Detail information available on the www.nse.org web site for details on any additional UH Hilo fees that must be paid. Also please refer to the UH Hilo Online Budget available on the UH Hilo web site's "Financial Aid" page.
Plan A students pay resident tuition/fees to UH Hilo totaling $3,092 (2012-13 information).
Payments may be made online via MyUH Portal by credit card or by mailing a check/money order made out to "University of Hawaii at Hilo" directly to: UH Hilo Business Office, ATTN: Cashier, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720.
Fall 2013 Tuition Deadline: TBA. (For Fall 2013, if you are attending UH Hilo on Plan B or are on Plan A and receiving financial aid from UH Hilo, you may disregard the Fall 2013 deadline).
Please Note: No bill will be sent! Payment can be made via the "MyUH Portal" (or by mailing a check or money order to the UH Hilo Business Office)—after registering for at least 12 credits.
Important Note: If you initially register for less than 12 credits, then later add additional credits to become full-time, be sure to click the "Complete This Registration Session" link to recalculate your tuition charges (students are charged per-credit for less than 12 credits and a flat rate for 12 credits and up).
NSE Program Activity Fee (mandatory) $65
A mandatory UH Hilo $65 NSE program activity fee will be listed in your MyUH Portal account. Both Plan B AND Plan A students must pay this fee. This fee is separate and not to be confused with the UH Hilo admissions fee or any fees you pay to your "home" campus.
The $65 NSE fee cannot be deducted from Financial Aid. It must be paid separately via MyUH Portal (credit card) or by check to the UH Hilo Business Office.
The NSE activity fee is a "one-time" charge collected to help cover the costs of the yearly activities and events sponsored by the UH Hilo NSE office, which include orientation sessions and social/recreational and educational activities.
Award Letter: You must be admitted to receive your financial aid award from UH Hilo. If you are not admitted when the Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA information, you will automatically receive a generic letter saying you are not "Admitted to a Degree Program" at UH Hilo. This just means you need to complete your application for admission then follow up with the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office to ensure that your request for aid is processed.
Class Standing: Check your "MyUH Portal" account to confirm that the correct "class standing level" (i.e. Sophomore, Junior, Senior) has been entered. Some types of financial aid are tied to your class standing, as well as "early registration", if your exchange is for two terms. If you find a discrepancy, contact both the UH Hilo Admissions and Financial Aid Offices.
UH Hilo tuition, housing, and meal plan charges will be automatically deducted from your UH Hilo financial aid award and the balance will be disbursed by check and mailed to the "mailing address" you enter in your "MyUH Portal" internet account.
Plan A "Outgoing Student" Financial Aid Exceptions: Some campuses fund their own outgoing, Plan A students. If you are coming from one of the campuses listed below, contact your home coordinator for more information.
- Colorado State University - Pueblo
- Central Washington University
- Eastern Oregon University
- Iowa State University
- North Carolina A&T University
- North Carolina Central Univ.
- Stony Brook University
- SUNY College at Buffalo
- The College of New Jersey
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- University of Idaho
- University of Memphis
- University of North Texas
- University of Maine, Presque Isle
- University of Tennessee Chattanooga
- University of Wyoming
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Deferments (Payment Delays):
If you are on Plan A and receiving financial aid from your home campus for your exchange term, please fax/email/mail me a copy of your financial award or scholarship letter by July 15 for Fall term exchange and November 15 for Spring term exchange.
If you have been notified by the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office that you are receiving financial aid, your tuition payment can be deferred. You should receive an award letter from them which lists the award categories that you must accept and return. If you applied for financial aid but haven't received your award letter, please contact the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office to find out your status.
(Note: If you received a letter from the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office stating that you "were not admitted to a degree program," that means you have NOT been admitted to UH Hilo yet! Contact the Admissions Office; then follow up with Financial Aid.)
If your financial aid is coming from your Home Campus, we can still defer your on-campus housing and Sodexo meal plan payments. Contact those offices directly to make arrangements. Sodexho: (808)974-7303 or (808)974-7634. Housing: (808)974-7522.
NSE Welcome Reception
NSE students will have their own orientation reception. As published on this website's "Important Dates" link, the NSE orientation is "mandatory". Refreshments will be provided.
A first-come/first-served "UH Hilo NSE Recycling" program provides new, incoming NSE'ers with items donated by former NSE'ers such as: clothes hangers, bedding, swimming equipment, housing supplies, etc.
Visit the UH Hilo Orientation Homepage on the UH Hilo homepage <hilo.hawaii.edu> for the "campus-wide" orientation activities such as welcome events and excursions. I strongly encourage you to sign up for the campus orientation and pay the fee. Important information will be covered, which will not be discussed during the NSE orientation reception.
You are not required to participate in non-NSE, general advising or registration referred to in any "UH Hilo orientation materials." Some math and/or science classes may require testing to enroll.
For the purposes of UH Hilo advising matters, the UH Hilo NSE Coordinator is your UH Hilo Advisor--not the UH Hilo General Advising Center.