The importance of obtaining regular academic advising cannot be overstated. Advising is an essential part of educational success and a very important resource designed to help students complete the requirements of the University and the individual majors. Students should consult with a faculty advisor at least once a semester to decide on courses, ensure academic progress toward graduation, and discuss career options and other educational opportunities provided by UH Hilo. Advising is a shared responsibility, but students have final responsibility for meeting degree requirements.
Advising is mandatory for incoming and transfer freshmen for the first two semesters at UH Hilo and are assigned to a professional advisor in the Career and Academic Advising Center.
Non-freshmen are advised by faculty advisors. Faculty advisors are specialists in their subjects and in the major requirements, and they have important information about related graduate programs and employment opportunities in their disciplines. Faculty advisors provide guidance on academic requirements throughout the student’s college career.
Exploratory students, students who do not declare a major when entering the University, are designated as “General” students and assigned to a professional advisor in the Advising Center . Advisors assist these students with designing a program of study to meet the General Education requirements, while providing information about possible major fields and academic regulations. These students must declare a major by the attainment of 60 credits.