Information for Admitted Students

Newly accepted students who plan to enroll at University of Hawai’i at Hilo must:

1. Activate a MyUH Student Account

MyUH is the University of Hawaiʻi’s integrated student information system. By activating a MyUH account, students can activate an email account, register for classes, view financial aid awards, view grades, and track progress toward graduation.

2. Submit Intent to Enroll and Tuition Deposit

Students should submit their intent to enroll for the accepted term with the link provided in the acceptance notification. A $60, non-refundable tuition deposit is required for students who did not apply for financial aid. Students who applied for financial aid only need to submit an intent to enroll and do not need to submit a tuition deposit. The deposit cannot be transferred to another campus and applies only to the term the student was accepted.

3. Submit Health Clearances

  • In accordance with Hawaiʻi State law, all newly-enrolled students must submit the following through Med+Proctor:
    • Tuberculosis Clearance (TB) – must be done in the United States or its territories
    • Measles-containing vaccine; at least one being measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) – 2 doses
    • Varicella (Chicken pox) – 2 doses
    • Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) – 1 dose
  • Students planning to live on-campus in the dorms for the first time who are 21 years or younger also need documentation of:
    • Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV) clearance
  • If you are unable to obtain the above clearance prior to your arrival on campus, you may receive them at the UH Hilo Student Medical Services Office for a fee. However, MCV clearance is required before you can move in to the residence halls.
  • If you do not have the required immunizations by the first day of classes, you can only register for online courses. You will only be able to register for in-person courses once all Health Clearance requirements are submitted and verified via Med+Proctor.
  • For International Students Only:
    • Tuberculosis Clearance - Since tuberculosis (TB) tests must be done inside the United States or its territories, international students will get a TB test on the UH Hilo campus during orientation before classes begin.
  • Additional information regarding health clearances can be found on University of Hawaiʻi Health Clearance requirements.

4. Take academic placement assessments

Writing Placement

Beginning Fall 2011, students’ SAT-EBRW, SAT-W score or ACT score will be used for placement into ENG 100 Composition I (3) or ENG 100T Composition with Tutorial (3) . If you do not have an SAT or ACT score and you have not yet earned credit for ENG 100 Composition I (3) (or the equivalent), you will need to take the Writing Placement Assessment before you are able to register for ENG 100 Composition I (3) or ENG 100T Composition with Tutorial (3) .

More information can be found at: UH Hilo Writing Placement Assessment.

English Proficiency Test

All non-native English speakers are required to take the Writing Placement Assessment and the English Language Proficiency Placement Assessment (ELPA) to determine if supplemental ESL classes are required. More information can be found on the English Language Institute’s Placement Assessments webpage.

Math Placement

UH Hilo offers a wide range of math and chemistry courses for entering students. Completing the Math Placement Assessment is required to enroll in most Math and/or Chemistry courses. The Math Placement Assessment is an online assessment which should be taken well ahead of class registration and will be used for both math and chemistry placement.

Students with questions about their placement score should meet with an academic advisor.

Hawaiian Language Placement

Students who have previously studied Hawaiian language and believe they may be prepared for coursework beyond HAW 101 Elementary Hawaiian I (4) should take the Hawaiian Language placement assessment.

Japanese Language Placement

Students with previous knowledge of Japanese language are required to take a Japanese Language Placement Assessment before they register for any Japanese language course.

5. Visit Advising and Register for Classes

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 in the Advising Center 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 mandatory for incoming and transfer freshmen for the first two semesters at UH Hilo

6. Submit Final High School or College Transcripts

Newly admitted students who are recent high school graduates must submit a copy of their official final high school transcript to the Admissions Office by the deadline indicated in the student’s UH STAR account. Newly admitted transfer students and dual enrolled high school students with courses in-progress must submit a copy of their official college transcripts with final course grades for in-progress courses to the Admissions Office by the deadline indicated in the student’s UH STAR account.

7. Finance Education

Students can receive financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, or student employment to support their education. Federal student aid is available for US citizens, US nationals, and eligible non-citizens. (See the Financial Aid section of this catalog for more details.)

8. Apply for On-campus Housing and Dining

University Housing is dedicated to helping students get a sense of belonging to the campus and quickly become a part of campus life.

9. Sign up for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is offered the week prior to the start of classes in the Fall and Spring semesters. Orientation is filled with fun activities, events, and workshops all designed to create connections with other new students, with faculty, and with numerous campus resources and the staff that run them. We also have workshops which will help students be academically successful at UH Hilo, and there will be lots of Vulcan spirit as we welcome students into our university ‘Ohana!

10. Consider Student Health Insurance

Health insurance is highly recommended for all students. A University of Hawaiʻi endorsed student health insurance plan is available and designed for students. Detailed information about this insurance plan including costs and an application are available online. Applications may also be picked up from the Student Medical Services Office (Campus Center 211).

Students who do not have private health insurance may qualify for State of Hawaiʻi health insurance called Med-QUEST. Qualifications for this free, limited insurance plan are based on income and assets. Detailed information including an application is available online on the Med-QUEST website.

For International Students Only: All international students are required to provide proof of health insurance. For information about health insurance requirements and options, please visit the International Student Services website.