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Anciently, Laie was a place of refuge. It continues to be that today but in more of a spiritual sense. The Laie Hawaii Temple sits on a hill overlooking the campus and community. It is the centerpiece of the area, both physically and figuratively. Students are active in their church service each week, serving in ward and stake leadership capacities. They take religion classes as a supplement to their academic education, following the mission of the university to "integrate both spiritual and secular learning." Classes, offices, and services close for weekly devotionals, which help to point students to the source of all knowledge and to aid in their remembrance of their Savior Jesus Christ.


Economies and job markets are shifting and are often unstable; however, companies, employers, and economies around the world are always looking for graduates who are honest and hard working. The majority of BYU-Hawaii students work while attending school. They learn important lessons of discipline, prioritization, and balance, and gain a strong ethical and moral background that strengthens their integrity and their value to future employers. Jobs on campus and at the neighboring Polynesian Cultural Center provide real-life, resume-boosting experiences as students prepare to be leaders and builders worldwide.


Small classes taught by qualified, capable, and inspiring teachers allow for a personalized academic experience. Teachers come from a variety of backgrounds-many not only have Ph.D.s in their fields, but also years of real-world experience to supplement their expertise. Students are given the opportunity to use a variety of resources to research and understand their coursework. Working together is embraced to solve problems, building team and cooperation skills. Above all, students learn what works best for them-they learn how they learn best. Students leave the campus with the skills to be life-long learners.


Students at BYU-Hawaii benefit from a small campus. The feeling between students is familiar and open. The campus population, coupled with the diversity that exists, allows students to interact freely across cultures, growing in understanding of intercultural relations. Cultural, special interest, and academic clubs and associations help to foster atmospheres of acceptance, support, and unity. The family-centered community of Laie provides a positive backdrop to the university and its activities. All who come in contact with the campus and its students are infused with the joyful spirit of aloha that resides here. Students commit to living high standards that strengthen the trust and social development with each other. Social interaction is improved by the atmosphere, the interaction, and the shared beliefs.