Helpful Information


The NSO staff & leaders as well as academic advisors from around the UHM campus have fun activities and great events in store for you at orientation. What you will learn at your session will provide you with an introduction to campus life. Before you attend however, we strongly encourage you to go through the NSO online tutorial.

The NSO staff recommends that all incoming freshmen and transfers:

  • Put as much time into the NSO online tutorial as you can before you arrive for your NSO session. The more you know when you walk-in, the more enriching your experience at NSO will be by bringing your questions with you to ask of leaders, staff and advisors, and better use of your time
  • Review UHM's degree requirements and make a list of the courses you want and need to enroll in
  • Take notes, download pages, keep the materials together, and bring these to NSO... there's always someone present who can help you navigate through the information
  • Avoid procrastination! Completing the NSO tutorial takes approximately 1 hour and is a great investment into your future success at UHM

Here's what you'll find at the NSO Online Tutorial:

  • Essential academic information that will help you prepare for registration
  • Tips on getting involved on campus
  • Information to begin (or continue) thinking about career and life planning
  • A plethora of resources


Overview of UHM Organization and General Education Requirements

  • Where do I start?

    At first glance, academics at UH-Mānoa may appear to be an overwhelmingly intricate web of colleges, schools, departments, and majors. You will be joining a student body of over 14,000 undergraduates pursing degrees and certificates in over 80 fields of study and 35 or more undergraduate minors. However, once you get a chance to truly understand the great opportunities available to you and how to use them, it won't seem as daunting. Before students can jump in and start registering for courses,they should try to be as familiar as possible with how UH-Mānoa is organized.

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  • What courses should I take during my first semester?

    No matter what major you eventually decide to select, everyone is required to complete three sets of requirements in order to graduate from UH-Mānoa. One of these sets of requirements is the General Education (GenEd) Core & Graduation Requirements.

    It is strongly recommended that you try to complete these requirements right away! As a freshman, you should enroll in GenEd courses during your first few semesters. For some majors you'll also need to start your major requirements from the moment you step foot on campus. See your College/School advisor for more information.

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  • What are the General Education Requirements?

    To learn more about the organization of UHM and the general education requirements, please view this presentation. For more information, you can also view the General Education homepage.

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  • Schedule of Classes (SOC)

    After gaining a basic understanding of the General Education Requirements at UH-Mānoa, you will probably be at a point where you're ready to start looking at courses that will fulfill your GenEd requirements. Perhaps you might have a few classes in mind that you may even want to try out this upcoming spring? Then the only thing left to do is plan out a schedule for which you will REGISTER!

    To plan your class schedule for the semester, your best resource is the "Schedule of Classes" or SOC. The SOC has useful information on which classes are being offered each semester. You should try to become as familiar as possible with terminology used to describe each class. Certain abbreviations and symbols are used to indicate what day and time a course is held, who teaches it, how many credits can be earned taking the class, whether the course fulfills Focus or Diversification requirements, etc. The SOC changes every semester due to changes in classes, deadlines, and focus requirements so you should ensure that you stay on top of it.

    Click here to view the SOC online.

    This presentation will help you get a better understanding of the SOC.

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