Incoming Freshmen

Aloha and Welcome!

Congratulations on your acceptance to UH Hilo!

As a freshman (first-time or transfer), the Career and Academic Advising Center will be your advising home for your first two semesters. Our advisors will provide you with support and guidance during your transition to UH Hilo, and help you connect to resources that facilitate success.

The steps on this page will help you to prepare to register for your first semester and connect you with your freshman advisor. Before you begin, you will need to get your UH Username.

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Advising Next Steps

Registering for your first semester can seem overwhelming. Your freshman advisor is here to help.

The steps on this page will show you how to connect with your advisor and provide important information to help inform your discussions.

Please take the time to go through the steps in order.

We look forward to working with you!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Step 1: Intent to Enroll

Your first step to registration is to submit your Intent to Enroll. This will let us know that you plan to attend UH Hilo. Not sure whether you have done this? Watch this video to learn more about the Intent to Enroll.

Step 2: Pre-Advising Questionnaire

Our advisors have created two quick questionnaires to learn more about you prior to your first appointment. The Pre-Advising Questionnaire will provide your advisor with information on any credits you may be bringing in with you.

You will need to be logged in to your account to access the questionnaire.

Step 3: Placement Assessments

As you learned in Step 2: Pre-Advising Questionnaire, your major may require placement assessments. Complete these to ensure you are able to register for the courses you need to stay on-track.

Step 4: Holds

Next, check to see if you have any holds. Clear those that will prevent you from registering, so that you can secure your spot in the courses you need. If you plan on enrolling in classes that have an in-person component, you must submit your Health Clearance Requirements to Student Medical Services to be able to register for those courses. Until then, you'll only be able to register for online classes.

Step 5: Pre-Registration Questionnaire

You’re almost there! The Pre-Registration Questionnaire will provide your advisor with information on your strengths and preferences, as well as anticipated challenges during your transition to college. At the end of this questionnaire, you will learn how to schedule your first advising appointment.

You will need to be logged in to your account to access the questionnaire.

Step 6: Meet with Your Advisor

In this video, you will learn more about advising at UH Hilo, your freshman advisor, advising requirements, and how to use our scheduling system, STAR Balance. For students starting UH Hilo in Fall 2022, we will begin reaching out in mid-April 2022 to make appointments after you've completed all advising steps.

Step 7: Registration

Now you have all the information you need to register and will learn how to use the STAR-GPS Registration System. STAR can help you register, keep track of your requirements, plan your courses, and schedule appointments with your advisor.

Keep in Touch!

Once you have registered for your first semester, continue to check your email regularly. Your advisor will be in contact with important information and opportunities to help you prepare for your first semester at UH Hilo.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to Contact Us! We’re here to help and support you!