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The Institution

Brigham Young University–Hawaii is:

  • An undergraduate university with an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students who represent over 70 different countries and cultures from the Pacific Rim, the U.S. mainland, and other parts of the world.
  • Part of the LDS Church Educational System, which serves almost half a million people worldwide in higher education, seminaries and institutes, elementary and secondary schools, and continuing education and literacy programs. In addition to BYU–Hawaii, the system includes BYU in Provo, Utah; BYU–Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho; LDS Business College in Salt Lake City; and elementary or secondary schools in many countries, including Mexico, Fiji, Indonesia, Tonga and Western Samoa.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Download BYU-Hawaii Quick Facts (PDF).

Location

Laie, Hawaii (population 7,000) is situated 35 miles north of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The 100-acre campus is nestled between lush mountains and ideal shoreline. The average annual temperature is 77 degrees F (25 C); the average annual precipitation is 23 inches (584 mm).

Partnership with Polynesian Cultural Center

BYU–Hawaii is closely linked with the Polynesian Cultural Center, the number-one paid tourist attraction in Hawaii, where many BYU–Hawaii students work as performers, guides, food service personnel, and in a variety of other positions to help pay for their education at BYU–Hawaii. Each year because of the employment the PCC offers, hundred's of students who would ordinarily be unable to afford a college education have that opportunity.

Approximately 90% of BYU–Hawaii students are employed, either at the Polynesian Cultural Center or on campus part-time while earning their degree. Learn more about this unique partnership.

The Code of Honor

When applying to BYU–Hawaii, each student agrees to abide by the school's honor code, which is based on standards established by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the Honor Code. The agreement includes abiding by the standards of Christian living taught by the Church, being honest in all behavior, respecting personal and property rights, obeying the law, avoiding drug abuse, complying with all university regulations, observing the church's Word of Wisdom (which includes abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, tea, and coffee), abstaining from sexual relations outside of marriage, observing high standards of taste and decency, observing university standards of dress and grooming, and helping others fulfill their responsibilities under this code.

The Dress and Grooming Standards expect students to be modest, neat, and clean in their dress and grooming. Swimming suits, gym clothes, and other extremely casual or grubby attire are not considered acceptable wear on campus. Facial hair (beards/moustaches) is not permitted.

Physical Facilities

Campus facilities include the 4,500-seat Cannon Activities Center, natural history museum, Olympic-size swimming pool, English language institute, artifact collection housed in library, Institute for Polynesian Studies, TV studio, and fitness center. The university also features on-campus housing in six dormitories for single students; 250 apartments for married students; 19 interest-based clubs and 23 cultural associations representing the Pacific Islands and Asia; performing arts and intramural athletic programs; health, counseling and student employment services; and services for the learning disabled, including visual, hearing, and speech impaired students.

Athletics

BYU–Hawaii students excel in athletics competition as well as in the classroom. In the NAIA and more recently in NCAA Division II, our teams have compiled 19 total national titles.

Intercollegiate: NCAA Division II, Pacific-Western conference: men's basketball, women's basketball, cross-country, women's softball, tennis, women's volleyball, and men's water polo.

Intramural sports include: badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, racquetball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Church Services and Activities

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has several wards (congregations) organized into three stakes (dioceses) serving the BYU–Hawaii campus. About 100-150 students attend religious services in each ward. The experience that students gain in these wards as they carry out church responsibilities provides a rich source of leadership when students graduate and participate in wards in their homelands around the world.