Academic Planning

Academic planning is important at any stage of your academic journey. This process involves reviewing your remaining requirements, discussing your academic goals, and selecting courses to help you meet these goals. Academic planning appointments typically take 45-60 minutes.

If you’re ready to learn more about the types of advising appointments available, click on the button below, then select from the tabs on the lower half of the page. To learn more about how advising can help you through your journey at UHM, stay on this page.

Click the green tabs on the left to identify which stage you’re at in your academic journey.

For Freshmen and Transfer Students: Making a smooth transition to college and UHM

Initial Advising – QLC 113 Advising Center

Fresh Start Initial Advising (for incoming freshmen and transfer students) – QLC 113 Advising Center

  • One-on-one meetings with a Manoa Peer Advisor (MPA) to welcome you to UHM, introduce you to the basics of academic planning, set your first semester schedule, and prepare you for incoming student opportunities. This is mandatory for all incoming students to participate in before classes start.

New Student Orientation (NSO) – Academic Advising Session – Campus Center

  • Incoming Freshmen: Group academic advising sessions led by Graduate Academic Advisor Assistants (GAAAs) to learn about the value of your liberal arts degree, how the college is organized, and how start on a successful journey.
  • Incoming Transfer: Meet one-on-one with an Academic Advisor to review your transfer coursework and learn what degree requirements are remaining.

New Student Checklist

  • Use this checklist to make sure you’re ready for your first semester!

Build the foundation of your academic journey

Mandatory Academic Planning (MAP) – First Semester at Manoa – QLC 113 Advising Center

  • One-on-one in-depth meeting with an MPA to solidify or create or solidify an academic plan, learn about the components of a liberal arts degree, and be introduced to resources on campus.

Mandatory Advising with your Major Department – Varies, see list for details

  • Meet with your major advisor to discuss major requirements and major courses that may need to take during your first or second year. Also discuss what co-curricular activities are available in the major department. Note: some majors can be started second semester sophomore year or beginning of junior year.

Keep the Momentum Going: Planning for Enrichment and Degree Progress

Welcome Desk Advising – QLC 113 Advising Center

  • Quick questions, referrals, drop-off paperwork, and schedule an appointment with Advising Center advisors.

Express Advising – QLC 113 Advising Center

  • Registration assistance, including: picking courses,
  • Formal authorization of time conflicts, credit overloads, late adding a class, complete withdrawals, leave of absence
  • Adjustment to academic plan or graduation plan

Academic Advising – QLC 113 Advising Center

  • One-on-one meetings with an Academic Advisor or an MPA to discuss:
    • Your educational goals and interests, and assist you in enhancing your academic plans to align with these goals and interests
    • Strategies for optimal academic performance and balanced work and personal commitments
    • Assistance in solving challenges and overcoming obstacles that impede degree progress
    • Referrals to campus resources and co-curricular opportunities
  • Only Academic Advisors: Certification of Veteran Affairs, ROTC, Financial Aid schedules and plans

Major Advising – Your Major Department

  • Advising within your major advisor depends on the degree and programs. You’ll want to meet with your major advisor at least once a semester to inquire about:
    • Course sequencing
    • Internships and research opportunities
    • Graduate or professional opportunities in the field

Visit our Advising Appointments Page for more information

Planning for the Road Ahead

Begin this process at least three semesters before final semester.

The Graduation Packet

  • Meet with your major advisor to verify your senior year courses are meeting final major requirements.
    • Have you and the major advisor fill out the Goldenrod.
  • On STAR, review your Academic Journey and fill in what is missing in your Graduation Plan.
  • Come to QLC 113 to fill out the Degree Application.
  • An advisor will review the materials and file you for graduation.

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