First Year Programs

First Year Programs are designed to help you get comfortable on campus, connect with the university, and creative educational experiences that can help you be a successful student. Check in with your college's advisor to learn more about the various programs on your campus. Below are a few types of first year programs that the University of Hawai‘i has to offer.

  • New Student Orientation (NSO) sessions provide valuable information to help you begin your college experience successfully. Windward CC's orientation explains what campus life is like, gives tips on how to succeed, provides information about student clubs and governments, and explains how to choose and register for classes. Orientations are offered at all UH System campuses; new students may be required to attend.  For more information on the UH Manoa NSO, call 808-956-3667 or 1-888-700-5420 (toll free) or visit: For other UH campus programs, contact the Student Services office.
  • High-School-to-College-Bridge programs make it easier for you to transition from high school to college. UH Manoa's Freshman Bridge Program students live, study and work on the UH Manoa campus during the summer before their freshman year. Bridge programs are offered at UH Manoa, UH Hilo, UH West Oahu, Hawai‘i CC, Kapiolani CC, Kauai CC, and UH Maui College. 
  • Small Learning Communities give small groups of freshmen the opportunity to take more than one course together. The group is led by an upper-classman peer mentor, who helps the students adapt to college life. In UH Manoa's Access to College (ACE) program, the peer mentor also teachers a seminar. Learning communities are offered at UH Manoa, UH West Oahu, Honolulu CC, Kapiolani CC, and Windward CC. 
  • Step-by-Step Guides are designed for newly admitted students to make sure you don't let anything slip through the cracks. UH Maui College's online Enrollment Checklist is just one example. Kapiolani's Kuilei website details the seven steps high school students should take to successfully start at Kapiolani. Step-by-step guies are available for UH Manoa, UH Hilo, Honolulu CC, Kapiolani CC, UH Maui College and Windward CC. 
  • Resource Rental programs ease students' finances by allowing students to borrow big-ticket academic resources, such as textbooks, laptops, and graphing calculators. Leeward CC's laptop loan program offers laptops for use on campus for up to four hours. Resource rental programs are offered at UH Hilo, Kapiolani CC, Leeward CC, and UH Maui College. 
  • Peer Mentors are the upper-classmen experts at your campus. Windward CC's peer mentors assist with course registration, help you navigate the MyUH portal, and organize campus tours and orientations. Peer mentors are available at UH Manoa, UH Hilo, Hawai‘i CC, Honolulu CC, Kapiolani CC, and Windward CC. 
  • Study Skills Workshops teach you valuable tips on managing time, reading efficiently, taking better notes, and doing better on exams. UH West Oahu's Noeau Center even offers online workshops and podcasts in these areas. Study skills workshops are offered at UH Manoa, UH Hilo, UH West Oahu, Kapiolani CC, UH Maui College and Windward CC. 
  • Tutoring and Writing Assistance is offered at all UH System campuses in a range of academic subjects. UH Hilo's Kilohana (Academic Success Center) offers walk-in tutoring for math, writing, and gateway courses, and runs study groups facilitated by tutors. 
  • Academic Advising.  Most campuses have an Advising Center that provides assistance with major selection, academic planning and scheduling. Freshmen and sophomores may be required to attend a mandatory advising session on each semester. Hawai‘i CC's Counseling Advising & Support Services Center offers counseling in the areas of admission procedures, academic and career planning, financial aid, and personal concerns. Advising is offered at all UH System campuses.

For more information, click on the name of your campus to view relevant First Year programs and resources: