New Student Orientation

The mission of the First-Year Experience Program (FYE) is to welcome and support first-year students of all levels of preparedness and experience in their transition to Kapi‘olani Community College by exposing them to the broad range of educational opportunities and essential campus support programs. FYE collaborates with the campus community to help students achieve academic and personal success and to increase retention and persistence through the first year.

New Student Orientation: NSO Part 1

College 101

NSO Part I can be completed in-person at Kapi‘olani or via an ONLINE Webinar. It is mandatory. If you are a Hawai‘i high school senior at Kaimuki, Farrington, Roosevelt, Kalani, or Kaiser, please contact your College Counselor for an NSO Part I conducted at your school. College 101 students will learn:

  • What degrees and programs are offered at Kapi‘olani
  • Placement procedures
  • Health clearance procedures
  • About the KCC App
  • About career assessments and take one
  • How to pay for college
  • Tips from current college students
  • About the new student process

New Student Orientation: NSO Part 2

Advising & Registration

After you complete NSO Part I, you will receive an email from kapstart@hawaii.edu to your MyUH email about how to register for NSO Part II. It is very important that you select the correct NSO Part II based on your career interest and future goals. For example, if you have declared Liberal Arts as a major, but want to become a nurse, you will want to attend the Health NSO Part II, not the Liberal Arts NSO Part II.

NSO Part II are mainly held at the Kapi‘olani Community College campus, however we have ONLINE webinar options or phone appointments available for our neighbor island, U.S. continent and territory students. You must have your health clearances (TB and MMR) and placement information completed prior to attending NSO Part II. Without this information, you will NOT be able to register for classes. NSO Part II is mandatoryAt NSO Part II: Advising and Registration you will learn how to:

  • Use STAR and create an academic plan
  • Select and register for your classes
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Get your Financial Aid Award
  • Pay for classes

New Student Orientation: NSO Part 3

Welcome to campus

The NSO Part III will be held at the Kapi‘olani Community College campus the week before classes begin. The purpose of NSO Part III is to welcome students to the campus through engagement activities and meaningful interactions with other student, faculty, and staff. NSO Part III is mandatory. At NSO Part III students will:

  • Be introduced to Title IX and Student Conduct Policies
  • Be introduced to Laulima, Starfish, and Google Drive
  • Learn about Student Life on campus, such as clubs, job opportunities, leadership positions, and more
  • Attend workshops to help prepare for college
  • Determine their career readiness
  • Learn more about Kapiolani’s programs and services

Once you’ve started…

First Semester

In your first semester at Kapi‘olani, you have a STAR Requirement. Until this requirement is completed, you will not be able to register for classes for the following semester. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that every student makes informed decisions about the classes they should take in the following semester. The STAR Requirement can be completed by any one of the following

  • Attending an FYE sponsored STAR Workshop
  • Attending a STAR SOS Workshop
  • Meeting with a First-Year Counselor
  • Meeting with a Program Counselor

Second Semester

If after your first semester at Kapi‘olani you have not earned a 2.0 or higher grade point average, you are required to attend an Academic Progress Appointment with an FYE Counselor. The purpose of this appointment is to learn how to calculate the minimum GPA needed to successfully finish the school year and to identify the barriers and solutions to get back on track.

FYE is located in the Kikaha o Lae’ahi Center, ‘Iliahi 231 | kapstart@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-734-9245 | Fax: 734-9606

First Year Experience

FYE is located in the Kikaha o Lae’ahi Center, ‘Iliahi 231
Email: kapstart@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-734-9245
Fax: 734-9606

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