Frequently Asked Questions


Who is my advisor?

Your academic advisor will depend on your status. If you have a declared major, your advisor(s) are with your college/school and/or major. In addition to your college, school, and major advisors, you may have advisors from special programs you are a member of (e.g. Honors, ROTC, SSSP, etc.).

If you are undeclared (General Arts & Sciences) or a pre-major (e.g. pre-business, pre-education, pre-psychololgy, etc.), we at MAC are your primary advisors and can assicst you with your academic questions and concerns, or refer you to the appropriate offices. Students are assigned to their MAC advisors by the first letter of their last name:

Last names starting with: MAC Advisor
A-E Matt Eng
F-K Rayna Tagalicod
L-Q Megumi Makino-Kanehiro
R-Z Megan Terawaki

If you are unsure of who your advisor is, come in to speak with us or to obtain a referral.

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How do I see an advisor or peer advisor?

MAC is appointment-based, and appointments are scheduled on a first-come first-served same-day basis. You can schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor or a peer advisor by coming in to QLC 101 or by calling us at (808) 956-7273 between 8:30am and 9:30am. Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. MAC is closed on Wednesdays due to advisor meetings. Your advisor can also be contacted at macadv@hawaii.edu. Keep in mind, during busy times (i.e. around the start of the semester, registration, or important deadines), there may be a delay in response to emails. As there are a limited number of appointment openings, it is best to come in early to schedule in person, for the best appointment availability.

Each appointment is 30-minutes long, starting every half hour between 8:30am and 3:00pm from Monday to Friday (except Wednesday). Actual appointment slots vary from week to week depending on the availablility of advisors.

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How and when do I register?

All incoming students will need to check the MyUH Registration timetable (www.hawaii.edu/myuh/manoa) to find out when their assigned day and time is to register. Registration times are assigned based on the number of credits you have earned at the time of registration. You can register from your assigned day and time up until the registration deadline, at which time a late registration fee will be assessed if you have not registered for any courses. All registration will be done via the myuh website: myuh.hawaii.edu.

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How many credits should I take?

Students need at least 12 credits to maintain full-time status. We recommend that students start off with 12-15 credits in their first semester in order to allow for the adjustment to college and to have a successful initial semester. Of course, students are often the best judge of their own capabilities, and may want to consider taking more credits if their schedule and other commitments allow.

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I am a freshman. What classes should I take?

There is not pre-determined set of classes all freshmen must take in their first semester. While general education courses do exist, certain majors, colleges / schools specify what courses you should take for a given area. As a result, it is beneficial for you to have some idea in terms of what major(s) you are considering as well as your long-range plans (i.e. medical school), so that you can take courses in a way that will help you to graduate efficiently. Click here to learn more about academic considerations to set up your first semester schedule.

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What are major or department restrictions on courses?

Enrollment in classes may be restricted by the department, or to the students with declared majors in the subject, to allow for screening of students. Please contact the departments directly if you are interested in taking a course with a restriction. Contact information for departments can be found on their individual websites (manoa.hawaii.edu/academics/departments.html), or in the back of the printed SOC.

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Do I need to take a placement exam or exams?

This answer depends on a number of factors, including a students potential major(s), type of degree (bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of education, etc.) as well as long range plans (after college). Discuss this with your advisor.

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What is ELI clearance?

English Language Institute tests are given to students whose first language is not English. Students may gain clearance. If they do not, they will need to take the ELI placement exam and possibly courses to clear the ELI requirement (www.hawaii.edu/eli).

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How do I get health clearance?

Contact the Student Health Services for all questions having to do with health clearance (www.hawaii.edu/shs).

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How do I request more materials about UHM?

Visit the Admissions and Records website at manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad.

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How do I check on the status of my application?

Contact the Office of Admissions and Records at ar-info@hawaii.edu.

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How do I sign up for a campus tour?

Campus tours and Admissions Information Sessions are offered weekdays, except holidays, and seating is limited. The schedule and sign-up information can be found at manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad/visit/#tour.

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How do I find my way around campus?

Check the interactive campus map at manoa.hawaii.edu/campusmap.

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What is a learning community? What are the benefits of a joining a learning community? How do I pick one?

Learning communities are only offered during the Fall semester. A learning community is a group of freshman that take a set group of courses together. Learning communities have many benefits, including reserving students space in courses that could potentially fulfill requirements, providing academic support and simplifying registration. Spaces are limited and sign-ups are done on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, when available, see manoa.hawaii.edu/freshman/lc.

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What is New Student Orientation? What are the benefits of attending NSO?

New Student Orientation is an excellent way to gain a better understanding of the campus and the way it works. There are numerous benefits. Spaces are limited and sign-ups are done on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, see www.hawaii.edu/nso.

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How many credits do I need to be a freshman? Sophomore? Junior? Senior?

Class standing is determined by the number of semester credit hours earned. Per the catalog,

Freshmen: Less than 25 semester credit hours
Sophomore: Earned 25-54 semester credit hours
Junior: Earned 55-88 semester credit hours
Senior: Earned 89 or more semester credit hours

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What should I do if I decide I don’t want to stay in a class?

Determine whether you are in the drop period (no "W" grade), the withdrawal period ("W" grade) or past the deadline. Check the registration website to determine what you need to do (www.hawaii.edu/myuh/manoa). If you are unsure, or have questions, speak with your academic advisor ASAP to discuss your options and to ensure you are following the proper procedure and meeting necessary deadlines.

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On average, how long does it take to graduate?

Nationally, students average 5 or more years to graduate. There are many reasons why students take time to graduate including work hours, outside commitments, changing majors, and not seeing advisors. Meet with your academic advsiors on a regular basis to stay focused and to ensure you are on-track to completing your requirements.

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When should I declare my major?

This answer varies depending on the major and college / school. Strictly speaking, it is important that students interested in sequencial majors (i.e. engineering, architecture, and those in the math, science and foreign languages) declare their major as soon as possible to graduate in a timely manner. If students are trying to decide between two or more majors, it may be possible to take courses that are applicable to both majors until they decide. See an advisor for further information. Beginning Fall 2008, incoming freshmen are required to declare a major by the time they reach junior standing, or 55 credits. A pre-major (e.g. pre-business, pre-education, etc.) is not considered to be a declared major.

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What types of co-curricular activities are available on campus?

To See a list of co-curricular activities see Essential links

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Do I need a computer? What type of computer should I get?

While it is always handy to have a computer on campus, there are a number of computer labs which you can utilize with a valid student ID (www.hawaii.edu/itslabs/hours.htm). You will need to supply your own paper or you can utilize a debit card from the libraries to print. The UH Information and Technology Services website provides information on recommended computer specifications [here].

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How do I park on campus?

On campus parking is limited. There are few dorm parking stalls. Parking passes are assigned during continuing student registration and priority is given to upperclassmen. Street parking is available, but is limited and subject to time restrictions (www.hawaii.edu/parking). Guest parking is also available on campus at a half-hourly rate, or in the Dole St. Parking Structure at a daily rate.

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Are there on-campus jobs?

Yes, there are numerous on-campus jobs available to students. Search the SECE Job Database on the Career Development and Student Employment website (cdse.hawaii.edu) for job postings and on-line referrals.

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