55-220 Kulanui Street, Laie, HI 96762
Laie, HI 96762
Accrediting Agency:Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Brigham Young University-Hawaii was established in 1955 in Laie Oahu, Hawaii. The four-year, private, not-for-profit institution is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. U.S. News & World Report ranks Brigham Young University-Hawaii No. 17 in Regional Colleges (West) in its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. BYU-Hawaii has a student population of 2,952 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1. The school maintains a partnership with the Polynesian Cultural Center, according to its website, and approximately 90% of BYU-Hawaii students are employed by either the Polynesian Cultural Center or on campus part-time while enrolled at BYU-Hawaii.
BYU-Hawaii is comprised of four colleges, including: business, computing & government, human development, language culture, & arts, and math & sciences. These colleges offer several majors, including art, biochemistry, biology, business management, computer science, elementary education, English, fine arts, Hawaiian studies, history, hospitality and tourism management, psychology, and social work. BYU-Hawaii Online offers several online classes over 14-week semesters consisting of two seven-week terms. Courses including accounting, American Sign Language, biology, business management, business communications, economics, English, entrepreneurship, history, video production, and web design courses. Classes are available for online-only students and on-campus students obtaining a degree from BYU-Hawaii.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has accredited Brigham Young University- Hawaii since 1959.
Application deadlines for BYU-Hawaii are Dec. 1 for the fall and summer semester and Oct. 1 for the winter semester. Admissions consider seminary/institute attendance and community service when considering applications. Other variables considered include leadership, individual talents, AP and IB courses, the applicant’s essay, and desire to graduate with a college degree and contribute to the international mission of the university, as stated by the BYU-Hawaii website. Prospective students may check their application process online through Besmart.com. Decisions are usually made 30 days after the application deadline.