New Student Programs

The First Year Experience (FYE) at UH West O‘ahu offers support services and programs that help freshmen transition from high school to college, and build the foundation for continued academic success. Programs are designed to put students on a path to graduation even before the first day of class and include:

The PUEO (Peer Undergraduate Engagement and Orientation) Leadership Program, a peer mentor program dedicated to helping freshmen adjust to college life by connecting them with a support group of fellow new students as well as PUEO Leaders; experienced, positive and helpful current UHWO students who offer guidance throughout the first year of college. A PUEO Leader is assigned to all incoming freshmen at UH West O‘ahu. Leaders invite freshmen to campus activities, remind them of important deadlines, explain university policies, and coordinate activities on and off campus. PUEO leaders are in constant contact with their mentees face-to-face, one-on-one or in a group, as well as via email, text or Facebook. PUEO leaders also present the mandatory freshman orientation sessions.

Mandatory Freshman Orientation sessions, presented by PUEO Leaders, where students receive assistance with class registration, academic advising, an introduction to student life at UHWO, and other valuable information.

Ohana Orientation, sessions where parents and family members of new students are invited to attend and have the opportunity to meet UHWO administrators, faculty, staff, and current UH West O‘ahu students to ask questions and learn about campus support services.

Early Intervention Program, a program that works with UH West O‘ahu faculty members to identify freshmen who are having academic challenges in the first month of the semester. The First Year Experience partners with academic advisors to contact and offer these freshmen resources and support services to improve academic performance.

The First Year Experience at UH West O‘ahu is supported by a U.S. Department of Education Title III grant. For more information, call (808) 689-2686.