First-Year Experience

Your First 7 Steps

The First-Year Experience (FYE) is the entry point for new Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) 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 KCC, we have information on how you can start the application process.

The 7 Steps below MUST be completed prior to the first day of school. Please make sure that you read all instructions thoroughly before completing requirements. If you skim through the paragraphs, you will probably miss important steps in fulfilling all requirements.


Make sure you Get a UH username
Use your username and password to log in to your MyUh Portal Account.

Take your ACCUPLACER placement test
Placement tests are a way to find the Math, English, Hawaiian, or foreign language class that best suits you.

Check your UH Email everyday for your New Student Orientation (NSO) date
After you complete NSO Part I, you will receive an email from about how to register for NSO Part II.

Apply for FAFSA
If you need assistance in completing your FAFSA, please visit us on the ground floor of the ‘Iliahi building.
Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Clear ALL Holds such as TB and MMR
Your TB test must have been administered after January 16, 2014 to be valid

Attend your New Student Orientation where you will register for classes
Before you attend your NSO:

  • You must have taken both your Math and English portion of the COMPASS test
  • have all of your health records submitted

Pay your student fees! 
Learn more information about tuition.

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.

Lunalilo Scholars

The King William Charles Lunalilo Scholars Project was launched at Kapi‘olani Community College in the summer of 2012 through the generous support of the Kaneta Foundation and the University of Hawai‘i Foundation.

Watch this video or visit us on Facebook to learn more about what it means to be a Lunalilo Scholar

Mission Statement

To provide opportunities for transformative college experiences for students who have not considered higher education as a viable alternative because of financial or other barriers limiting college access. Through scholarship, academic and personal support and community, students will build a foundation for success in the first year of college as measured by student engagement, learning, and achievement.

Program Goal

The Lunalilo Scholars Project will identify the individual needs of each scholar and provide the necessary tools and resources to build a solid foundation in the first year of college.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • feel a sense of place at Kapi‘olani Community College and build a community of scholars that provide academic and personal support.
  • engage with the College by identifying and actively participating in campus services and utilizing campus services.
  • build a foundation in the first year that will contribute to academic, career, and personal success.
  • be able to identify their career or degree pathway at KCC or successfully transfer to another campus or program.


All applications must also have a completed referral form, completed by someone that knows you well and can attest to the challenges you face that make attending college difficult for you. Applications submitted without a referral, will NOT be considered.

The application for the 2015 – 2016 academic year will be available in April 2015. 

If you need assistance, please contact the coordinator:

LaVache Scanlan
(808) 734-9371

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