Information for New Students

After Arrival Checklist

Aloha and e komo mai (welcome) to your new home in paradise!  Your journey in Hawai'i is just beginning, and there are some things that you'll need to do upon your arrival to make your transition as easy as possible:

1. Get Settled In

  • Arriving in Hawai'i will be a magical, overwhelming, and exciting experience for you (and your family, should they choose to come along to help you get settled).  Take the time to relax and settle in to your new island home.
  • Please remember that if you have obtained on-campus housing that your residence hall will not be available for move-in until the day before orientation begins.
  • To learn more about attractions, sites, and destinations that you can explore upon your arrival, click here, or check out the  International Student Handbook.

2. Attend Immigration Check-in

  • All international students must check in with the Office of International Students & Scholars for immigration purposes.  Click here for additional information.


  • Passport Week is a wonderful opportunity to meet other students and get familiar with resources available on campus. For degree-seeking students, cost of the event is included in your student fees, and one guest can attend for free.
  • Visit the Passport Week page to learn more and for the link to register.

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

  • Depending on your situation (and if you haven't already done so), 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 and where to take them, visit the Center for Academic Success' placement testing page here.

5. Get Your Student ID Card

  • Your student ID card is necessary for a number of HPU services, including gaining entrance to the library, attending certain events, or having access to great discounts on and around campus.  To learn more about how to get your ID card, known as your HPU Unicard, click here.
  • You will have time during New Student Orientation to obtain your HPU Unicard if you did not already do so.

6. Visit HPU's Bookstore

  • Once you've registered for classes, you should have been given a list of textbooks and/or supplies that will be necessary for your coursework.  The best place to get those items is at the HPU Bookstore, located at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
  • You can also obtain the student public bus pass - known as the U-Pass - at the bookstore.  If you are a degree-seeking student, the cost of the U-Pass is included in your student fees.  If you are a visiting student, or just want further information, click here to learn more.  You can also learn more about the public bus system (The Bus) by clicking here.

7. Update Your Address with the International Student Services Office

  • After you have attained housing on island, make sure that you keep the International Student Services Office aware of your address.  This is a requirement of maintaing your student visa.
  • To learn more about your immigration status, and about your responsibilities as a student in maintaining status, click here.

Again, welcome to Hawai'i Pacific University, to Oahu, to Hawai'i, and to the United States; but most importantly, e komo mai, or welcome, to your new home.

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