Transfer and Returning Student Advising
- Fall semester registration begins
- Early April
- Spring semester registration begins
- Early November
Your journey is yours to determine, and advisors are here to support you in reaching your goals and realizing your potential.
Ready, Set, Go Hilo!
Admissions counselors and academic/faculty advisors have different functions and specializations at UH Hilo, which can be new compared to what you experienced at your previous campus(es):
Admissions Counselors can assist with admissions and enrollment questions, like Intent to Enroll, standardized test scores, and final transcripts that were part of the application process.
Academic Advisors will assist you in choosing your classes and giving you more information about your major and its requirements.
Faculty/Departmental Advisors will assist you in navigating through major requirements and provide you with suggestions for courses, experiential learning opportunities, and can discuss career and academic plans after graduation.
First year academic advisors at UH Hilo can assist you with getting acclimated to course selection and the process of registration. They can also provide you information about campus resources and opportunities to support your success.
Transfer students can initially work with advisors in the UH Hilo Advising Center leading up to the first semester and then transition to a faculty/departmental advisor in the major. Your acceptance letter tells you which major you’ve been accepted into. If you would like to change your major, let the Admissions Office know prior to registration. Undecided on a major? You will be assigned to an advisor at the UH Hilo Advising Center until you declare a major.
Depending on your major, you may have additional assessments to complete prior to registering for required classes, especially if prerequisites are not met by prior coursework. All placements are offered online. Refer to the Placement Assessments Webpage and complete the Google Form below to identify which placement assessments you will need.
Meet with an Advisor
In order to meet with an advisor and register for classes, you must have done the following:
- Set up and have your UH username and password ready
- Submitted your Intent to Enroll
- Uploaded all health clearances (required to register for in-person classes)
- Logged into STAR to view your holds and clear holds that will prevent registration
- Know when you may begin registering for classes
Once you’ve completed all requirements listed above, you’re ready for advising.
Introduction to Advising at UH Hilo
Learn about advising, campus procedures, and student success resources from an academic advisor to ensure your first year at UH Hilo is a success. Select one of two options to learn this information in preparation for meeting with an advisor:
Attend a Transfer Thursday group advising session
One-hour informational session led by an academic advisor on Zoom. Sessions are held on Thursdays, 4:00pm (HST). Individual advising will not be conducted in these sessions.
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Registration is Required
Review the presentation slide deck
Unable to attend a Transfer Thursday session? Review the presentation slide deck and if you have questions, be sure to bring them up when you meet with an advisor.
Slide deck - coming soon!
After attending a Transfer Tuesday session or reviewing the presentation slide deck, meet with an advisor in the UH Hilo Advising Center at your convenience in the modality that works best for you (In-Person, Zoom, or Phone). Scheduled appointments not necessary. The Hilo Express Advising Kiosk is open for drop-in advising Monday through Friday, 8am-3:45pm (HST), except holidays.
At the end of your advising meeting, the advisor will connect you to a faculty advisor. If you are already in contact with a UH Hilo faculty advisor in your department, you may continue working with them.
Registration, which involves creating your class schedule and enrolling in classes, occurs online through our registration system called STAR-GPS. STAR-GPS is an advising tool students use with their advisors throughout their academic journey. It also provides real-time information about your progress to graduation, by combining past college courses with remaining academic degree requirements.