Counselor Resource Page

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recognizes our high school and college transfer counselors for their outstanding service - we are truly inspired by your efforts! Navigating the college application process is no easy task, and this page was designed to provide you with valuable information that you can later pass on to your students. If you have any questions or would like further details on our campus programs, please don't hesitate to request a counselor packet at the link below, or contact your regional Admissions counselor directly for customized service.

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Admissions Resources

Our Fall priority admissions deadline is February 1st. Please encourage your students who are interested in attending UH Hilo to apply by our priority admissions deadline.

Although we require a $50 application fee, we do offer 2 types of application fee waivers:

  • Hawai‘i Resident Application Waiver for students who are Hawai‘i residents and participate in the school lunch program at their school, receive assistance under the "Aid to Families with Dependent Children" program, or family receives assistance from DSSH in the form of food stamps, housing allowance, etc.
  • Event Waivers - At school/community organized events, UH Hilo Admissions counselors have the discretion to award up to 10 event waivers to students who express serious interest in UH Hilo, but do not meet the qualifications for the Hawai‘i Resident Application Waiver.

If you have any questions regarding the application waivers or the admissions status of students at your school, contact your regional Admissions counselor. We are all happy to help! Also, keep an eye out for an email from our Admissions counselors, as they may be reaching out to you to schedule "I've Been Accepted! What's Next?" presentations at your schools.

If your students have questions about how their Running Start or Early College courses will transfer to UH Hilo, or if they have questions about what UH Hilo course credit they will receive based on their AP or IB exam scores, please have them visit our transfer guides for more information.

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Advising Resources

Please encourage your students who plan to attend UH Hilo to:

  1. Submit their Intent to Enroll form to the Admissions Office
  2. Submit their Mandatory Health Requirements form to the Student Medical Services Office
  3. Create their MyUH Services Account and check their email regularly
  4. Take placement assessments
  5. Submit a transcript request form to have their final high school transcript sent to the Admissions Office
  6. Contact their assigned freshman advisor. Students will receive an email sent to their UH account introducing them to their Academic Advisor who will assist them with registering for classes.

Five things your students should know about Fall Advising and Registering at UH Hilo:

  1. Students know who their advisors are before arriving on campus - Once we receive a student's Intent to Enroll form, we assign them to a freshman advisor in the Career and Academic Advising Center.
  2. We are emailing them - Advisors communicate directly with students via email. Students need to start checking it on a regular basis.
  3. Students can register for fall classes at UH Hilo starting in May and before stepping foot on campus, but they must return the Intent to Enroll and Mandatory Health Requirements forms, take placement tests, and establish their UH username and password. The earlier freshmen register in the summer, the better.
  4. Students register for classes via STAR. Advisors review students' fall schedules, make adjustments based upon placement scores, and communicate with the student about first semester considerations. We advise based upon the 4-year plans provided by departments and the University of Hawaiʻi 15-to-Finish initiative.
  5. Advising is mandatory for freshmen for the first year. It's called Freshman ‘Eleu. No advising, no registration.

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Do students need to take placement assessments?

  • English – Students are placed into courses based upon their ACT scores or SAT-Writing/EBRW scores.
  • Math – The majors listed below require calculus-track math classes, which require math placement. Undeclared students considering business or science majors should also take the online placement assessment.
  • Chemistry - Some majors require that students enroll in chemistry courses, which requires that students take the chemistry placement assessment. Consult the table below for majors that require students to take the online chemistry placement assessment.
  • Languages – Hawaiian and Japanese studies majors may take language placement assessments, which is coordinated out of their colleges.
Major/Program Math Chemistry
Accounting Yes
Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management Yes Yes
Astronomy Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes
Business Administration Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes
Economics Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes
Geography - Environmental Science Yes Yes
Geology Yes Yes
Marine Science Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes
Natural Science Yes Yes
Physics Yes
Pre-Engineering Yes Yes
Pre-Medicine Yes Yes
Pre-Pharmacy Yes Yes
Pre-Veterinary Yes Yes
Psychology Yes
Undeclared Yes

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Financial Aid Resources

UH Hilo’s priority financial aid deadline is February 1st. Please encourage your students interested in attending UH Hilo to submit their FAFSA by our priority deadline; the school FAFSA code is 001611. Our financial aid office will be putting together financial aid award packages soon after our February 1st priority filing date. Students should check their MyUH portal and UH email accounts to get an update on their financial aid award package, or they can call our friendly financial aid staff at (808) 932-7449.


  • Inspired by You Scholarship - At UH Hilo, inspiration is everywhere - the ʻĀina, Discovery, Innovation, Each Other, and ultimately, our students! Do you know someone interested in applying to UH Hilo as a new, degree-seeking student? Encourage them to submit for the UH Hilo Inspired by You Scholarship, open to residents and non-residents who have submitted an application and required documents by February 1st. Finalists in each category of inspiration will receive a one-time $500 award; Runner-Ups will receive a $500 award renewable for four years (total value $2,000); and our overall Winners will receive a $2,500 award, renewable for four years (total value $10,000). Applications are due March 1st. Check out the recipients of our 2018-19 Inspired by You Scholarship Award
  • Regents Scholarship - Awarded to up to 2 outstanding freshmen who will be attending UH Hilo and who receive an SAT total score of at least 1380 (new SAT) or ACT combined score of at least 29, maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in academic subjects in high school, and whose extracurricular achievements are shown to be remarkable. Regents Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for four years of undergraduate study, $4,000 a year, and a one-time travel grant of $2,000. To apply, please complete the University of Hawai‘i System Common Scholarship Application. Applications are due March 1st.
  • Presidential Scholarship - Awarded to one outstanding college junior who has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 for all college level work, a record of sustained progress in academic courses, and evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor. Presidential Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study, $4,000 a year, and a one-time travel grant of $2,000. To apply, please complete the University of Hawai‘i System Common Scholarship Application. Applications are due March 1st.
  • UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholarship - Do you know of a high achieving Hawaiʻi high school senior deserving of our Chancellor’s Scholarship? Please encourage them to apply by March 1st! The application is open to students accepted by UH Hilo, graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school and a bona fide resident of Hawaiʻi, who demonstrate leadership and/or community service, with a GPA of 3.5 or better, and a 1800 old SAT (reading, writing, math), or 1280 new SAT (EBRW - Evidence Based Reading and Writing), or a composite score of 27 on the ACT. View our 2018 Chancellor Scholars!
  • S-STEM Scholarships - The "Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" (S-STEM) Program is a scholarship available at UH Hilo and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. It is designed to support academically talented and highly motivated students from economically disadvantaged families to complete STEM degrees in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Natural Science or Physics. The application deadline for the Fall 2018 cohort is March 9th.
  • UH System Common Scholarship - The UH System Common Scholarship Application is a single application form that students can use to apply for both UH Hilo and UH scholarships; applications are due March 1st.

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Our UH Hilo Housing application for the Fall semester opens on January 2nd and on September 1st for the Spring. In order to apply, students need to be accepted to UH Hilo, create a UH username and password and pay a $10 non-refundable fee. We have a variety of housing options for students to choose from and we recommend that students consider joining one of our six Living Learning Communities. First year students with a shared interest live together in one of our residence halls, take a shared class together, and have an amazing out-of-the-classroom experience focused around that particular theme or interest. The six living learning communities offered this upcoming year are:

  • Business
  • Creative Arts
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Hawaiian Culture & Language
  • Health & Wellness
  • Natural Science

Once students have applied for housing, our Housing office will send notifications to students about the status of their application to their UH email account. Please encourage your students to check their UH email account regularly.

All freshmen living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Please encourage your students to check out our meal plan options once they’ve solidified their on-campus housing.

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First Year Experience

In May, students can begin to sign up for UH Hilo’s Fall Vulcan Orientation. We also have a Spring Orientation in early January. Our three-day 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. Workshops are designed to help set up students to be academically successful here at UH Hilo – and of course, there will be lots and lots of Vulcan spirit as we welcome your new students into our University ‘Ohana!

We also offer a one-day orientation for parents and families, as well as a free shuttle from the airport to the UH Hilo campus for students participating in Orientation.

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