First-Year Experience

Your First 7 Steps

The First-Year Experience (FYE) is the entry point for new Kapi‘olani Community College students attending college for the first time. As with every new voyage, sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Don’t get discouraged, because FYE is here to help you figure it all out. If you have not applied to Kapi‘olani CC, we have information on how you can start the application process.

Getting Started: An Overview of the Admissions Process


Submit Online System Application

Complete the Online Application


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. 


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!


Health Clearance

  • TB (Tuberculosis) — Clearance 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 doses of Measles vaccine are required, with at least one of the two being Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Students born before 1957 are exempt from this immunization requirement.
  • Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) — One dose of Tdap is required.
  • Varicella (chickenpox) — Two doses 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Purchase your books and supplies

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

Orientation & Registration

New Student Orientation

There are 3 mandatory orientation sessions designed to get you prepared for your time at Kapi‘olani Community College.

Registration Info

Registration can be confusing. Get acquainted with tools designed to help you on your student journey. You will be introduced to STAR during the NSO.

Placement Testing

The ACCUPLACER placement test determines the level of English and Math courses you are prepared to enter.

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