Frequently Asked Questions

Participation in the New Student Orientation program (NSO) is highly recommended for freshmen and transfer students new to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM). The NSO program has been designed to help prepare incoming students for their first year at UHM by providing direction and access to resources.

About the Program

Attending NSO is not mandatory. However, we strongly encourage students and their families to attend.

Most of our NSO sessions are held at the UH Manoa Campus Center (unless otherwise noted on the schedule). Typically, our 1-day sessions start at 8:00am (check-in opens at 7:45am) and ends at 5:00pm with optional activities to follow.

No. Although our 1-day sessions for parents & family members and incoming students are offered on the same day, students and their family members & guests are separated after breakfast is served. Parents and family members (including siblings of incoming students) are escorted to their program which is in a nearby location.

NSO session dates are posted on our website here:

Students

Parents

We have around 80 ~ 120 spots for student sessions and 64 spots available for parents/guests.

Yes. Once you register your own attendance for NSO, you will have the option to add a parent/guest.

There is no deadline to sign-up for NSO. However, because space is limited for each session, we recommend you sign-up and pay as soon as registration opens.


Differences between Programs

For students residing on O'ahu, we recommend attending a 1-day session. Students coming from neighbor islands and out-of-state are recommended to attend our NSO Extended Orientation (EO). However, any incoming student can register for the program that suits their needs the best.

NSO Extended Orientation (EO) is a 3-day orientation that takes place prior to the first day of classes. During EO, we provide numerous workshops that participants get to choose from based on their interests. We also offer campus tours and a Resource Fair for participants to learn more about UH Manoa and what the campus has to offer. Throughout the week, you will get a chance to interact with other students as well as our NSO Leaders and staff. This is held during the summer.

Our NSO 1-day sessions are a day-long orientation program that takes place the end of July and early August. In comparison, NSO Extended Orientation (EO) is offered the week before classes start. The curriculum covered at 1-days is also offered during EO. However, we also add more sessions to our EO program with the students coming from neighbor islands and out-of-state in mind. Either program will help you transition smoothly into UHM so we encourage you to sign up for the program that works the best for your schedule.

NSO Extended Orientation or EO is an orientation opportunity coordinated under the leadership and guidance of the Office of Student Life and Development. Any and all programming being offered as Warrior Welcome in the residence halls is conducted by Student Housing Services (SHS). NSO and SHS endeavor to offer programming both on campus and in the residence halls that does not conflict. Thus, EO program takes place during the day while residence hall programming is offered in the evening. In order to participate in EO program, a registration form must be completed along with a registration fee of $125. Thus, students who live in the residence halls are not automatically able to attend EO program.

For more information regarding Manoa Move-in and Warrior Welcome, please contact Student Housing Services.

Web: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/housing/about/reslife

Phone: (808) 956-8300

WoW or Week of Welcome refers to all the events that take place on campus leading up to the first day of instruction. EO is NSO's Extended Orientation program which takes place during WoW. Your college, school or program may be hosting an event during WoW. We encourage all incoming students to attend EO AND to also attend their respective open house or welcome reception. To locate a schedule of the week's events, please visit: http://www.studentaffairs.manoa.hawaii.edu/wow/


Financial Related Questions


For January 5th sessions:
Freshmen: $75
Transfer: $75
Parents: $55 for the first parent/ guest, $25 for additional guests

No, financial aid will not cover NSO registration fees.

NSO registration is done completely online. Once you fill out the information on our web form, you will be taken to a page that will allow you to pay. We strongly encourage you to pay your NSO fees when you register as spaces fill up very quickly. If you register for NSO and do not pay, your registration will be cancelled after 7 business days.

Our refund and cancellation policy can be found here


School Related Questions

Move-in dates vary for students before the start of school. For exact dates, we recommend you visit the Student Housing Services website or contact their office via phone (808-956-8177) or email (uhmsh@hawaii.edu).

NSO's Extended Orientation or EO is part of the UH Manoa's Week of Welcome or WoW. For information about other events happening during WoW, visit the following website: http://www.studentaffairs.manoa.hawaii.edu/wow/

The Office of Admissions offers tours on a daily basis. You must make a reservation to attend and registering in advance is highly encouraged. For more information, please visit: http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/visit/index.html.

The Ticket and Information Office at the Campus Center Complex also offers tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2pm (no tours are provided on State Holidays or Campus Green Days). These tours do not require a reservation. For more specifics on the T&I Walking Tours, please visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/campuscenter/services/mapsandtours.html.