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.

Step 1: Submit Online System Application

Complete the Online Application

  • If you are a Hawai‘i Resident or an active duty Military or eligible Military Dependent Stationed in Hawai‘i there is no application fee
  • To apply for the Military Nonresident Exemption submit a copy of Military Orders.
  • There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for non-Hawaiʻi residents
  • Information about Residency for Tuition Purposes
  • Additional information for International Students
  • Application deadlines (REMINDER! The following deadlines do not apply to International Students):
  • Fall term: August 1
  • Spring term: December 15
Step 2. Apply for Financial Aid (if needed)
Step 3. Health Clearance

Submit a copy of your TB Clearance (completed within 12 months of the first day of instruction or a Hawai‘i State TB Clearance taken on or after your 16th birthday) and a copy of your two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) shots immunization record. This is REQUIRED before you can attend your courses!

However, if you fail to submit your health clearances by August 1 for Fall and December 1 for Spring, your registration for the semester will be canceled. You will be able to re-register once required clearances have been submitted and cleared by Admissions.

Once Accepted, you will be notified by email (Check your email first, if applicable)

Step 4. Take the Placement Test

Please bring a valid photo ID along with your University of Hawai‘i identification number to the Testing Center located in the Lama Building. The Testing Center’s website has detailed placement test instructions and samples. The placement test is very important therefore please take it seriously because it will determine placement into Kapi‘olani Community College’s English and Math courses. There are also alternatives to the placement test to determine your start in English and Math.

Step 5. Get a UH Username

Upon acceptance, you can create a MyUH Portal Account by visiting: 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 6. Attend NSO and Register for Courses

After you complete your placement test, set-up your UH Username and submit your health clearance requirements, complete your New Student Orientation and Registration requirements. These mandatory 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. Store hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Phone 734-9589. And finally, go to class!!!

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