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Brigham Young University–Hawaii


Brigham Young University–Hawaii

Brigham Young University–Hawaii
Motto "Enter to learn, go forth to serve"
Established September 26, 1955
Type Private coeducational
Affiliation The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
President John S. Tanner
Academic staff
Students 2,800
Location Laie, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Campus Rural
Newspaper Ke Alaka'i
Colors Crimson, Gold
Mascot Seasiders[1]
Website .edu.byuhwww

Brigham Young University–Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii) is a private university located in Laie, Hawaii, United States. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

BYU-Hawaii was founded in 1955 and offers programs in Church Educational System (CES), sponsors sister schools in Utah and Idaho. The university's sole focus is on undergraduate education.

Approximately 97% of the university's 2,800 students are members of the LDS Church.[2] BYU-Hawaii students are required to follow an honor code, which requires behavior in line with LDS teachings (e.g., academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, and abstinence from extramarital sex and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol). A BYU-Hawaii education is less expensive than similar private universities since a large portion of tuition is funded by LDS Church tithing funds.[3]

The university partners with the LDS Church-owned Polynesian Cultural Center, the largest living museum in the State of Hawaii, which employs roughly one third of the student body. Its athletic teams compete in Division II of the NCAA and are collectively known as the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders. They are members of the Pacific West Conference and have won 19 national titles.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Academics 3
    • Admissions and demographics 3.1
    • Rankings 3.2
  • Organization 4
  • Athletics 5
  • Student life 6
    • LDS atmosphere 6.1
    • Honor code 6.2
  • Alumni 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The building of the LDS Church's Laie Hawaii Temple was a key predecessor to the establishment of BYU–Hawaii.

The LDS Church was established in the islands in 1850 following the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dormitories, a cafeteria, and other buildings had also been constructed.[4]

LDS elders established the Polynesian Cultural Center in November 1963 as a means of preserving the Pacific cultures that the Latter-day Saints had encountered in their missionary work. In the 1970s, the school was also used to teach LDS missionaries pacific languages and cultures before going out to the islands. The center also provided jobs for students of the college. In 1974, the Church College of Hawaii was elevated to the rank of university by the Church Board of Education and renamed.

The school was governed as a satellite campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah until 2004, when it was announced that the school would report directly to the Commissioner of Church Education. In 2007, Steven C. Wheelwright was appointed the university's president.[4] On May 12, 2015, Russell M. Nelson, chairman of the Executive Committee of the BYU-Hawaii Board of Trustees announced that effective July 27, 2015, John S. Tanner would succeed Wheelwright as president.[5] Tanner becomes the university's 10th president.


BYU-Hawaii is located in Laie on the north shore of Oahu, about 35 miles (56 km) north of Honolulu. The campus covers 100 acres (0.40 km2; 0.16 sq mi) between the mountains and the ocean shore. Dormitories, known as 'Hales', located on the south end of campus are capable of providing room and board for over 1,200 students. The Temple View Apartments provide housing for married students.[6] These apartments are next to the Laie Hawaii Temple which is located directly adjacent to the campus. The school's library is the two-story Joseph F. Smith Library.[7]


Admissions and demographics

LDS students pay less for tuition than non-LDS students. Students who have been on LDS missions and have attended LDS seminary or institute classes are also given particular consideration. However, LDS Church membership is not a requirement for attendance. Students are typically expected to have had at least a B average in high school, and an ACT score of 26 or SAT score of 1130 or above. Non-native English speakers must receive a 61 or higher on the IBT TOEFL (500 on the paper test), a 5.5 on IELTS, or 75+ on the Michigan language test.[8]

BYU-Hawaii has a higher percentage of international students than any other baccalaureate institution in the United States, with 1,039 international students from 70 different countries which comprises approximately 43 percent of total enrollment.[9] Approximately 97% of the student body is LDS.[8]


University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[10] 23

For 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked BYU-Hawaii #23 in the region.[10] The school was also listed as the #1 "best value" in the region in 2006, and was the only Hawaiian school to make a top-tier listing. 2006 marked the eighth such year BYU-Hawaii had been listed as among the top ten in value in the region.[11] In 2004, Consumers Digest listed the school as the #1 best value among private universities in the U.S.[12]


BYU-Hawaii offers more than 40 bachelor's degree programs, with a 17:1 student/faculty ratio.[13] The school also offers a few unique majors, including Hawaiian Studies, International Business Management, Pacific Islands Studies, and TESOL.[8] The four main academic divisions at BYU-Hawaii include the following:[14]

  • College of Language, Culture & Arts - English, Fine Arts, History, International Cultural Studies, Hawaiian Studies, ICS
  • College of Math and Sciences - Mathematics, Biology, EXS, Psychology, Biochemistry
  • College of Business, Computing & Government - Business, CIS, Political Science, Accounting/Finance
  • College of Human Development - Education, Religious Education, Social Work, TESOL & EIL


BYU-Hawaii competes in the

  • BYU–Hawaii official website
  • BYU–Hawaii official athletics website
  • BYU–Hawaii Bookstore

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[23] '72.Mike Wilton and three-time national volleyball coach of the year [22] '64,Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin Faleomavaega, Jr. American Samoa from Congress delegate to [21] Alumni of BYU-Hawaii include


The Honor Code itself was created in 1940 at BYU and was used mainly for cases of cheating and academic dishonesty. Ernest L. Wilkinson expanded the Honor Code in 1957 to include other school standards. (At this time, Wilkinson, as President of BYU, had some authority over BYU–Hawaii as well.) This led to the Honor Code today: rules regarding chastity, dress, grooming, drugs and alcohol. A signed commitment to live the honor code is part of the application process and must be adhered by all students, faculty, and staff. Students and faculty found in violation of standards are either warned or called to meet with representatives of the Honor Council. In rare cases, students and faculty can be expelled from the school or lose tenure.[19] One significant difference between the versions of the Honor Code used at the main BYU campus and BYU–Hawaii is specific prohibition of the drinking of kava by BYU-Hawaii students and faculty. Kava is a traditional Polynesian drink with some drug-like side-effects.[20]

All students and faculty, regardless of religion, are required to agree to adhere to an

A sign reminds students of the BYU-Hawaii Honor Code standards

Honor code

All students are required to take religion classes as part of their curriculum and to attend Sunday church meeting, both LDS and non-LDS. In addition, class schedules are arranged to allow devotionals to be held weekly for the students to attend. Students from all walks of life are encouraged to learn from and strengthen each other as they all strive to further their education. A variety of clubs and campus organizations are available to participate in.

According to BYU-Hawaii's vision outlined by then-LDS Church president David O. McKay in 1955, the school "exists to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life and in their efforts to influence the establishment of peace internationally."[18]

LDS atmosphere

Student life

On March 28, 2014, the university announced that the athletics program will be phased out over the next three years, with money currently spent on athletics to be used to provide educational opportunities for an additional 500 students. This transition will affect all eleven (11) intercollegiate teams, including: men’s/women’s basketball, men’s/women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s/women’s soccer, softball, men’s/women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball.[17]

. BYUtv Sports are broadcast live around the world on men's basketball Most conference home games in volleyball and women's basketball as well as additional home games in [16]

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