Incoming freshmen

Your freshman year at UH Hilo is quite possibly the most important year of university. It's a time of self-discovery, developing one's independence, making new friends, and creating a whole lot of new memories. Your freshman year is a foundation for future success in your personal and academic pursuits.

Want a head start? Have a browse through the page below for simple and understandable FAQs, Tips for success, and other great resources you might find useful.

The basics

Do I need to submit any forms?

Turn in your Mandatory Health Requirements Form for TB/MMR to our Student Health Center

Turn in your AP (Advanced Placement Exam) scores OR IP (International Baccalaureate) scores and/or college transfer credits to our Admissions Office, so that your STAR (Academic Pathway) indicates that you may have met some college requirements already. 

Do I need to take placement assessments?

Click here to see if your major requires a placement.

Math and Chemistry placement assessments are taken online here.

English and Language placement information can be found online here.


How do I register for courses?

Courses are registered through STAR which also shows you a pathway to graduate in 4 years. All of your courses that you need to take are automatically set up according to the major you declared.

For a tutorial on how to register, please follow the link here.

Email or speak to your Freshman Advisor if you have any questions.

Why is there a hold on my account?

There are several different reasons why a hold could be put on your account.

Most new student holds placed on your account if you have to do with immunizations (TB/MMR),  financial aid, and/or Admissions.

Log in to your MyUH Portal and click on to view holds to see if you have any holds on your account. To address these holds, a phone number of the office that has placed the hold on your account will be present.

What if I change my mind about my major?

That's perfectly okay! Students change their majors all the time. Before doing so however, you may want to meet with an advisor at the Advising Center.

These Advisors are trained to help students find the right major for them. Prior to meeting with them, you may want to do some exploring of majors on your own. If you already know what major you want to change to, it is still suggested that you make the time to speak to an advisor.

Tips for success

No. 1

Attend every class!

No. 2

Do your assignments & go to class prepared

No. 3

Get to know your professors.
Remember, they are human too.

No. 4

Meet people in your classes.  Forming good connections with others can greatly enhance the learning experience.

No. 5

'Eleu in the Hawaiian Language means to be alert or fully engaged with what is going on around you.  Remember important things.  Prepare, Be 'eleu.

No. 6

Regularly check your email.  You may miss something very important by not doing so.