“Academic Advising is an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning”–National Academic Advising Association, 2004.

Academic counseling is an important way for you to obtain information about the college programs, services, and resources that are available for you. Through advising, you will receive the help in decision making and problem solving. Counselors assist students in planning their program of study and in selecting courses. They provide important information about course placement, prerequisites, course sequence, and registration and transfer information. By meeting with your academic advisor regularly and often, you will be able to figure out what is needed to make the best out of your academic journey, create a plan so that you can graduate on time, and navigate through the system to learn what is needed to transform your dreams into reality. Advisors and students share equally in the work of advising, from researching answers to creating academic plans. To get started, find out who your academic advisors are and how you can reach them from the Counseling & Advising Directory.

Appointments are 30 and 60 minutes and compared to the Express Advising (Wikiwiki Advising), you will have more time to ask questions. Counselors are available according to major and interest and students can discuss concerns and questions in detail such as graduation, transfer and major requirements, career, exploration, academic difficulty, etc. Counselor will help you with the decision making process to clarify your goals, and create an educational plan that reflects these goals.Same-day appointments are not available at this time. Please call 24 hours in advance if you are unable to keep your appointment. If you are 10 minutes late or more, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.

Express “Wikiwiki” Advising is available for brief questions on the following days:

  • Mondays at 10 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesdays at 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays at noon to 2 p.m.

Express “Wikiwiki” Advising is in 15 minute increments. Counselors will see eight (8) students within any given two hour block. The Counseling Reception will start signing up students a half hour prior to the first walk in time (e.g. 9:30 a.m. for 10:00 a.m. and later walkins). Students who sign up will be advised to come back at the stated time to avoid long wait period in our lobby area. For students who go over a 15 min appointment will need to schedule another appointment for another day and time. Please schedule an appointment at (808) 984-3306 if you will need more than a “quick” session! Hours may change without notice.

15 to Finish is a campaign of the University of Hawaiʻi’s Hawaiʻi Graduation Initiative. The campaign encourages students attending or planning to attend the University’s two or four-year campuses to take 15 credits per semester to graduate on time. Check out this TV spot encouraging taking 15 credits produced by the 55 by ’25 campaign.

If you are a student, or a parent of a student, attending any of the University of Hawaiʻi campuses, click here to find out why 15 to Finish is important and what you can do to get on board! Or check the Resources page for helpful links. Click here to learn more about 15 to Finish.