Orientation Program
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Orientation Program

HPU's new student orientation program seeks to provide fun and engaging sessions and activities to help new students meet other students, navigate HPU's campuses, and learn about academic and co-curricular services and resources. 

New students (full-time first-years, transfers, visiting/exchange, and graduate students) are required to participate in the orientation program. The orientation fee is automatically placed on students’ accounts. 

As the university prepares to welcome new students to campus this spring, we will continue to review and adjust the orientation schedule. Please check back here for the most up-to-date information. Questions? Send us a message at readysetgo@hpu.edu

Move-In Day: Thursday, January 4, 2024 - 8am to 2pm

For residents at Waterfront Lofts, Hawaii Loa Campus, Executive Centre and Kalo Terrace. Please contact the Housing & Residence Life staff at housing@hpu.edu or go to www.hpu.edu/housing for additional information.

CLICK HERE to download the official spring 2024 orientation schedule!

FRIDAY, JANuary 5 

8:00-9:00am: Check-In

9:00-9:15am: Welcome by President and Provost

9:15-10:00am: Academic Life & Resources - Learn more about academic life and expectations at HPU.

10:10-10:50am: We Care: Campus Safety & Student Wellbeing - Learn more about campus resources available for students.

11:00-11:20am: Financial Responsibility & Aid

11:20am-12:00pm: Deans Welcome - Learn more about student life and involvement opportunities at HPU.

12:00-2:30pm: Lunch & Campus Tour with Orientation Group

2:45-3:15pm: Student Breakout Sessions 1

3:30-4:00pm: Student Breakout Sessions 2

4:15-4:45pm: Student Breakout Sessions 3

5:00-7:00pm: Trivia Night - Undergraduate students only.


BREAKOUT SESSIONS TOPICS (undergraduate track)

  • Get Involved at HPU!
    • If you are looking for opportunities to be involved, you’ve come to the right place! Get more information about Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board, along with Registered Student Organizations and Student Activities available for students to participate in.
  • The Aloha State: Culture and Island Life
    • “If can, can. If no can, no can.” If that made absolutely no sense to you, that’s okay! We know that moving to Hawaii can come with quite a culture change. Join us to learn more about the diverse island life on Oahu including local lingo, customs and culture.
  • Bring Your A-Game: Academic Resources at HPU
    • Start the school year strong by learning about the academic resources available to students through the Center for Academic Success. Students will learn about academic advising, accessibility services, testing services, tutoring services and more!
  • Q & A: Ask a Shark – Student Panel
    • Hear from current HPU students about their experience and ask any lingering questions you still have.



  • So, now you are in graduate school
    • Expectations and goals: how to set them, how to meet them.
  • The well-resourced graduate student 
    • A session on useful resources at HPU which support your learning and professional goals as graduate students.
  • Deans’ Panel – Q&A
    • A panel of the college Deans will talk about their experiences in graduate school. Incoming graduate students will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice.