Information for New Students

You are accepted

Things to do before you leave

Prior to leaving your country, we would like to provide you with some valuable information to ensure a smooth transition to your studies at HPU. Please carefully read through the information given, so that you won't run into any major problems once you arrive.

1. Apply for Your Student Visa
You will need to provide verification of the SEVIS fee payment at least three business days prior to your scheduled visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information on how to apply for your student visa please click here.
SEVIS information for Students from Canada.

2.  Pay Tuition-Deposit
Please pay mandatory $200 non-refundable tuition deposit, which will be applied towards your tuition. Please email the International Center at if you have any questions.

3. Book Your Flight
Please keep in mind that visa regulations allow you to enter the USA up to 30 days before the first day of classes (the reporting date is shown on your I-20).
Important! Please make sure to make your travel arranagements to arrive to Honolulu no later than the date in your I-20. 

4. Arrange Airport Pickup
Read about HPU's Airport Shuttle Service and submit a reservation online. When making a reservation please write “HPU Student Reservation (HPU-01)” in the subject line. Expect to pay about $25-30 for a taxi from the Honolulu Airport to Waikiki. If you arrive before or after the hours of  Shuttle operation, please arrange your own ground transportation.

5. Arrange Housing
Honolulu is one of the most desirable cities to live in and one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Because of this, the housing market is very tight both on and off campus. We encourage you to secure housing as soon as possible.
Read information about on-campus and off-campus housing.
Checkout things to bring if you will be living on campus

6. Medical Insurance and Health Requirements
In order to study at HPU, you must have health insurance and submit certain health records. Please read this section carefully and check HPU's Health Insurance/Medical Information Web page.

7. Activate your Campus Pipeline Account (Intranet)

As an accepted HPU student, you will now have access to HPU's intranet called Campus Pipeline. For more information about Pipeline, please visit Frequently Asked Questions section.

8. Sign up for New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation events organized by HPU's Student Life office. This is a great opportunity for all new students to meet and interact with other HPU students, faculty, and staff.

9. Get in touch with HPU students
Join Hawaii Pacific University - Official Fall 2013 Incoming Student Group on Facebook to start connecting with HPU students.

10.Check out the International Student Handbook

This guide will provide you with valuable information such as adjusting to life in the United States, living in Hawaii (banking, housing, health insurance, hospitals and emergency services). This handbook is also a useful tool for students to familiarize themselves with transportation in Hawaii (theBUS, taxi services, bycycling, obtaining drivers license, renting a car, and safety regulations). You will also learn more about important immigration regulations for international students as well as your employment options while in the U.S. This handbook is updated yearly. Keep the International Student Handbookhandy!

11. Learn about Hawai`i
Come prepared- learn more about living in Hawaii - here you will find even more inforamtion about shoping in Hawaii, as well as popular cultural destinations, social and outdoor activities.