First Time College Student

Going to college for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. That’s why we try to make it as easy as possible for you to take that first step toward college. So, whether you plan to transfer to a four-year university or complete your studies in two years, we can help you reach your goals. If you already have a high school diploma or a GED, you’ve already completed the first step. Follow the following steps to complete your admissions process.

Get ready

  • We highly encourage students to contact our office via email at Please submit documents using UH File Drop, via fax at (808) 734-9896 or via USPS mail.
  • We are still available via phone at (808) 734-9555 during our office hours: press 1 for Admissions and Records, press 2 for Financial Aid, press 3 for Transcript Credit Evaluation, or press 4 for Graduation.
  • We also have a dropbox located on-campus at the Kekaulike Center in `Ilima 102.
  • Apply online for Fall 2021 admissions
  • Apply online for Spring 2022 admissions
Step 1: Submit Online System Application

Complete the Online Application

Step 2. Apply for Financial Aid (if needed)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Online

Attend a Virtual FAFSA Webinar to learn more about the FAFSA process. 

Step 3. Get a UH Username

Upon acceptance, you can create a MyUH Portal Account. Click on “Get a UH username” and fill out the Check Status Form. You will then be asked to create a UH Username, Secret Questions, and a Password. This account allows you to register for classes, check your financial aid status, check grades, make online payments, sign-up for payment plans, and much more!

Step 4. Health Clearance

This is REQUIRED before you can register and attend your in-person or hybrid courses!

  • TB (Tuberculosis) — TB Clearance obtained within twelve months prior to the start of instruction OR obtained on or after the age of sixteen.
  • MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) — Two MMR vaccines are required. Students born before 1957 are exempt from this immunization requirement. Note: Mumps titers are not accepted for proof of immunity.
  • Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) — One Tdap vaccine is required. Must be administered on or after age 11.
  • Varicella (chickenpox) — Two Varicella vaccines are required. Students born in the United States prior to 1980 are exempt from this immunization requirement. A signed, documented diagnosis or verification of a history of vaccine disease or herpes zoster by a practitioner may be substituted for a record of varicella vaccination. Note: Titers are not accepted for proof of immunity.

Health Clearance Form

Step 5. Take the Placement Test

The Testing Center has detailed placement test instructions and samples. The English and Math placement tests will help determine your placement as you plan for courses. There are also alternatives to the placement test to determine your start in English and Math.

Step 6. Complete NSO and sign up for an Advising and Registration Session

After completing the admissions application and creating your UH username, students will be added to the orientation site and sent a link to complete the New Student Orientation (NSO) online. NSO will be done entirely online through Laulima and will include the follow three steps:

  1. Choosing your Major
  2. Complete Math and English placement
  3. Submit Health Clearances

Completing these three steps will help prepare you for your start at Kapi‘olani CC! In the NSO, you will have an opportunity to share your thoughts about your educational goals. After completion of the NSO, you will be invited to an Advising and Registration session where you will work with counselors and other staff to register for classes and to further discuss your educational goals.

These mandatory advising and registration sessions give students an opportunity to meet other new students and Counselors, learn about your program requirements and allow you to register online.

Step 7. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline

After you have registered for classes, tuition can be paid online through MyUH Portal using a credit card or in person at the Business Office (‘Ilima 106 ) using cash, check or credit card. View Academic Calendar for tuition and registration deadlines.

Step 8. Purchase your books and supplies

Take a copy of your class schedule to the Kapi‘olani CC Bookstore to purchase your textbooks.

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