Registration for all Summer 2021 courses begins on April 5, 2021.
Current UH Hilo students can simply log into STAR and register for summer classes.
Students enrolled at other University of Hawaiʻi Campuses, high school students, and the general public must complete an application and be admitted at UH Hilo before registering for classes. There is no application fee for the Summer Session.
See more information on who needs to apply.
Go to STAR and log in using your UH user name and password.
Starting in Summer 2017 all students will be using the new STAR GPS Registration System. A video tutorial is available on youtube.
All of UH Hilo's online courses are taught through Laulima. Technical issues are not an excuse for missing assignments. Contact the Laulima office if you have any questions or difficulties with Laulima. Request support online by going to Laulima and using the 'Request Assistance' link on the left hand side of the page.
For all other issues, questions, and comments on applying to summer session or registering for classes, please contact the college of interest below:
- College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM)
- College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
- College of Business and Economics (CoBE)
- College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS)
- College of Pharmacy
- Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language
Need to find what college a course is listed under? Summer Session Contact Information
Additional Registration Information
Auditors are persons who are permitted to attend classes with the instructor’s consent and who have paid tuition for this privilege. The extent of their classroom participation is determined by the instructor. No credit is given for a course which is audited. Auditors must wait until the first day of instruction to register, on a space available basis, and must submit the “Auditor’s Form” provided by the Office of the Registrar or online at Office of the Registrar forms. Auditors must present the form in person to the Registrar’s office for manual processing.
The University's ability to offer the courses listed in the catalog depends on sufficient enrollment. Courses which do not have enough students enrolled will be cancelled by the date stated in the Academic Calendar. Students can verify updated class information by checking their schedule on STAR. Students enrolled in cancelled classes will also be notified via their UH email. If your class is cancelled, you may select an alternate course. If no other course is selected, refunds will be processed in approximately six weeks. To sign up for a direct deposit refund go to eRefund (PDF) and follow the instructions.
Due to the highly accelerated pace of summer classes, registration is capped at twelve (12) credits. Students may enroll in additional courses with the permission of the dean of their college. .
The Registration Overload Form can be found online at Office of the Registrar Commonly Used Forms.
Credit/No-Credit Option (CR/NC)
Students, provided that they are not on academic probation, may exercise their option to take a maximum of two (2) courses per semester on a “credit/no credit” basis. Courses completed under the CR/NC option may not be used to satisfy the requirements for a major, minor, or certificate, and no more than 12 semester hours in such courses may be counted toward the requirements for a degree. However, this exclusion does not apply to courses that are offered only on a CR/NC basis; these may be counted toward the requirements for a major, minor, or certificate and toward the requirements for a degree.
Once the CR/NC option has been exercised for a course, the designation may not be removed. To qualify for “credit,” the work of the student must be at least at the “C-” (1.7) level. To exercise this option, students must submit the Credit/No Credit form to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar.
Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course
Students are responsible for reviewing the Academic Calendar and meeting all deadlines for drops, withdrawals, and refunds. Not attending registered classes or discontinuing participation without officially dropping the course may result in an "F" or "NC" grade on student transcripts. Dropping summer classes before the start date will avoid financial and academic penalties.
After the "last day to withdraw", NO withdrawals are permitted except under unusual or extenuating circumstances beyond your control. Contact your college directly for appeal instructions. Colleges and Programs page
Students can also view the withdrawal and refund dates for specific courses with the CRN Search page
Students receiving financial aid must notify the Financial Aid Office when dropping or withdrawing from summer courses.
Students who have not satisfactorily adjusted their financial obligations (tuition and fees, traffic violations, library fines, locker fees, laboratory breakage charges, transcript fees, loans past due, rental payments etc.) may be denied transcripts, diplomas, and registration. A copy of the "Rules and Regulations Governing Delinquent Financial Obligations Owed the University of Hawaiʻi", issued by the Board of Regents, is on file at the Business Office and available online.
High School Students
High school students may enroll in summer classes through the Running Start or Early Admission Programs.
Running Start has approved UH courses established by the Department of Education which will also apply towards high school graduation. Since they are UH courses, they will also apply towards a degree at UH Hilo.
Early Admission allows students to take any course at UH Hilo as long as they have met the placement or prerequisite requirements for the course. These classes count towards a degree at UH Hilo but do not apply towards high school graduation.
View additional application information for high school students.
Registration and Payment
It is the student's responsibility to confirm that enrollment and payment for summer session classes is complete prior to the first day of classes. Check for changes in your class schedule and format. Students who enroll in summer classes and do not pay their tuition and fees in a timely manner may be placed on a Financial Obligation Hold. Students with outstanding Financial Obligations to the university will not be able to register for classes.
Summer Session students who are enrolled at another institution during the regular academic year are encouraged to secure advance approval from your home institution. UH Hilo is a fully accredited university, but decisions on transferability of coursework is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Placement assessments are required for students intending to take certain math and writing courses. The math placement test can be taken online at anytime or in person. Visit the math placement exam web page for more information.
Students intending to take a writing or English course must take the placement exam unless the student already possesses a SAT score of 475 or better in the writing portion. Times and dates for the writing exam are available on the writing placement exam web page
Writing Intensive (WI) Courses
Writing intensive courses are designed to integrate discipline-specific content with a major emphasis on writing. A "WI" preceding the course title in the course list designates writing intensive courses. More information on these courses can be found on the Writing Intensive Course web page