Academic Advising

Advising for Current and Prospective Psychology Students

Advising is a very important resource designed to help students with a variety of academic, career and personal issues that may be relevant to their course of study. It is highly recommended that students see their advisors at least once a semester to decide on courses, ensure academic progress and discuss their future educational and career options.

All professors in the Department of Psychology serve as academic advisors to undergraduate Psychology majors and provide consultations to students interested in becoming one. Each of our instructors can provide individual advising upon request. Additionally, each semester the department sets up advising sessions during the week preceding the first week of classes. Students are always welcome to meet with any Psychology faculty if they need advice.

How to Obtain Advising

  • Undergraduate Psychology majors have assigned advisors. If you do not know who your advisor is, you can easily find this information from the UH Hilo Advising Center. Please come to see your advisor during their office hours or contact them to set up an appointment. If your advisor is unavailable, please feel free to ask any Psychology faculty to meet with you for advising.
  • Students interested in declaring Psychology as their major can make an appointment with any Psychology faculty for advising.
  • New, returning and transfer undergraduate students can meet with any available Psychology faculty for advising or attend one of the pre semester advising sessions.
  • Graduate students in the Counseling Psychology program should see their assigned advisors.
  • Prospective graduate students should contact Dr. Charmaine Higa-McMillan , director of the MA program in Counseling Psychology.

For questions that are not related to the study of psychology and careers in psychology (e.g., tuition, transfer of credits, general institutional policies, student exchange programs, personal problems, etc.) please seek advising from the Advising Center . Numerous advisors and counselors located in the Student Services Building will be happy to meet with you either by appointment or on a walk-in basis. View more information about student services at UH Hilo.

For additional information about advising, please visit the Career and Academic Advising web page.