Academic Planning

Academic planning is important at every stage of your academic journey. This process involves reviewing your remaining requirements, discussing your academic goals, and selecting courses to help you meet those 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.

Make a Smooth Transition to College and UHM:

Initial Advising (for incoming freshmen and transfer students) – Sinclair 301 Advising Center

  • One-on-one meetings with a Manoa Peer Advisor (MPA) or with a professional Academic Advisor 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 Checklist

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

Build a Foundation for Your Academic Journey

Mandatory Academic Planning (MAP) with the Graduation Pathway System (GPS) – Sinclair 301 Advising Center

  • One-on-one in-depth meeting with an MPA to confirm your an academic plan, check your progress to graduation, integrate engagement opportunities, and learn about resources on campus.

Mandatory Advising with your Major Department –  See list for details

  • Meet every semester with your Major Advisor to discuss major requirements, courses, and opportunities.  Be sure to talk about co-curricular activities available in your major department.

Keep the Momentum Going: Planning for Enrichment and Degree Progress

Welcome Desk Advising – Sinclair 301 Advising Center

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

Manoa Peer Advising – Sinclair 301 Advising Center

  • Registration Assistance
  • Peer Advising

Express Advising – Sinclair 301 Advising Center

  • Quick questions and checking in.
  • Authorization for time conflicts, credit overloads, late adding a class, complete withdrawals, leaves of absence
  • Adjusting your academic plan or graduation plan

Academic Advising – Sinclair 301 Advising Center

  • One-on-one meetings with a professional Academic Advisor to:
    • Enhance your academic plan to align with your educational, career, and life goals and interests
    • Discuss strategies to improve your academic performance and to balance work/life commitments
    • Solve challenges and overcome obstacles that interfere with your progress to a degree
    • Discover campus resources and co-curricular opportunities
  • Obtain official certification for 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

Start planning at least three semesters before your final semester!

The Graduation Packet

  • Meet with your Major Advisor to verify your remaining major requirements and which courses to take.
    • Complete Page 2 of your major’s Program Sheet (the new “Goldenrod”).
  • Fill out a Graduation Plan.
    • Use STAR to check your remaining non-major requirements.
  • Come to Sinclair 301 and complete an Application for Degree.
  • Turn in all three forms (“Goldenrod,” Graduation Plan, and Application for Degree) to the Welcome Desk in Sinclair 301.
  • An advisor will review the materials and file you for graduation.