Information for New Students

Accepted Student Checklist

Congratulations on your admission to Hawai'i Pacific University and welcome to the HPU 'ohana!  Your journey to the islands has officially begun, but there are a few items which need to be completed now that you have been accepted:


1. Access Your HPU Pipeline Account

  • Now that you have been accepted to HPU, you have been granted access to HPU's intranet called Campus Pipeline, which includes information about housing and registration, links to information about your transfer credit (should you have any), and access to the portal you'll use to submit your intent to enroll.  To access Pipeline, click here and provide your log-in details, which you should have received by e-mail.
  • Need help or more information about Pipeline?  Visit the Frequently Asked Questions section.
  • NOTE: Transfer students can use Campus Pipeline to view their approved transfer credits.  For more information about how to view those details, e-mail transfer@hpu.edu.

2. Pay Your Tuition Deposit

  • Once you've decided that HPU is the school for you, it's time to submit your non-refundable $200 deposit (which will be credited toward your tuition).  You can complete this step in one of two ways:
    1. Pay Online: Login to your HPU Pipeline account and click on the "eBill + Pay Bill" link in the "My Quick Links Box."
    2. Pay By Mail:To submit your tuition deposit, submit your Intent to Enroll form along with your check for $200.  Please make checks payable to "Hawai'i Pacific University", and include "Tuition Deposit" and your student ID number in the memo line.  Then mail to:

      Hawai'i Pacific University
      Office of Admission
      1164 Bishop Street
      Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813-2816

  • NOTE: Visiting students submit their $200 deposit along with their $50 application fee and, as such, do not need to submit an additional deposit.

3. Submit Required Medical Information

  • You will need to fulfill certain medical requirements and are required to have health insurance coverage prior to registering for classes.  For detailed information about what is required and how to submit the required forms, click here.

4. Submit Your Statement of Financial Sponsorship (SFS) and Bank Statement

  • If you did not already submit the mandatory Statement of Financial Sponsorship and supplementary bank statement, you will need to submit those now.  This is a necessary step to receive your I-20, the required form to apply for your student visa.
  • To access the SFS forms for your specific situation (i.e. Graduate/Undergraduate, Degree-Seeking/Visiting), click here.
  • NOTE: An official bank statement showing that you (or your sponsor) have an account which holds sufficient funds to cover the total estimated costs must accompany the SFS form.

5. Apply for Your Student Visa / SEVIS Transfer

  • For detailed information on how to apply for your student visa or apply for a SEVIS transfer (if already attending school in the US), please click here.
  • Attention Canadian Nationals: Applicants with a Canadian passport are not required to apply for a student visa, however, they are required to pay the SEVIS fee. For more information about student immigration procedures for Canadians, click here.

6. Take Necessary Placement Tests (undergraduate, degree-seeking only)

  • Depending on your situation, you may need to take the math and/or English placement tests to help determine which classes you're able to register for.  To determine if you need to take these tests, and to learn more about them, visit the Center for Academic Success' placement testing page here.
  • If you do need to take a placement test, you can do so off-campus before you arrive for New Student Orientation!  To learn more about this process, click here.  This is highly encouraged.

7. Register for Classes

  • Freshmen students (those with no previous university experience) will be pre-registered for coursework by their academic advisor.  Keep an eye on your e-mail for additional information.
  • Visiting (study abroad) students will work with the appropriate International Admissions Coordinator to register for classes.  Keep an eye on your e-mail for additional information.
  • Transfer and graduate students will need to work with their respective academic advisor and/or department to register for coursework via Campus Pipeline.  To learn more about that process, click here.
  • NOTE: All international students must be registered for full-time coursework during their studies at HPU.  This is twelve (12) hours of class for undergraduates, nine (9) hours of class for graduate students.  Only one (1) class may be online.

8. Arrange Housing

  • Due to the desirability of Hawaii, the housing marketing in Honolulu can be intimidating.  To help those in the university community, HPU provides some on-campus housing options for incoming students, as well as assistance in locating clean, safe, and nearby off-campus accommodations.  For more information, click here.
  • To learn more about what to bring if you will be living on campus, click here.
  • NOTE: If you are confirmed to live on campus, please note that residence halls are not available for move-in until the day before orientation begins.  If arriving before this date, you will need to arrange for alternative, temporary housing until move-in is available.

9. Book Your Flight

  • Per US visa regulations, international students arriving for study in the US cannot enter the United States more than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of classes.  You must arrive between this date and the reporting date listed on your I-20.
  • Please note that you must arrive in Hawaii in time to attend the mandatory immigration check-in sessions for the university.
  • Make sure that the arrival airport you have selected is Honolulu International Airport (HNL), not one of the other airports in Hawai'i which may be located one of the state's seven other islands!

10. Arrange Airport Pick-Up

  • Rather than taking a taxi, consider HPU's VIP Airport Shuttle Service, for which you can make reservations here.  Make sure to write "HPU Student Reservation (HPU-01) in the subject line.
  • If taking a taxi, expect to pay approximately $25-$30 from the Honolulu Airport to Waikiki.

11. Sign Up for New Student Orientation (required for undergraduate, degree-seeking students; optional for visiting)

  • New Student Orientation is a mandatory program for incoming undergraduate students to learn more about the university and get to know other incoming students (as well as other members of the university community).  For degree-seeking students, cost of the event is included in your student fees, and one guest is included in the cost.
  • Click here to learn more about the schedule of events and other important details.  To register, click on the "New Student" tab in Campus Pipeline.

12. Learn More about Hawai'i

  • As an initial resource, the International Student Handbook will provide you with valuable information on adjusting to life in the United States, living in Hawai'i, figuring out transportation, etc.  To access, click here.
  • To learn more about Hawai'i - including details about shopping, cultural destinations, and outdoor activities - click here.