Allotment of Semesters

Allotment of Semesters

BYU-Hawaii has three semesters a year: Fall, Winter, and Spring.  Most students are allotted four contiguous calendar years to finish their degree (excluding full-time missionary service).  Transfer students with an Associate's Degree receive three contiguous calendar years to finish their degree.

Within this allotment of four years, students must make progress towards a degree in order to maintain their eligibility to graduate in their desired major. Students who fail to make progress because of repeated failures will still need to finish within the given allotment of years, but they may need to graduate with a different major or with an Associate’s Degree.

Students who wish to enhance their educational experience at BYU-Hawaii by adding additional minors, certificates, or another major are welcome to do so with the understanding that these must also be completed within the four-year allotment (three years for transfer students as explained above). Electing to start these additional programs does not grant a student any additional allotment.

The minimum for full-time enrollment status is 12 credits in Fall and Winter and 8 credits in Spring.  Housing policy requires students to be enrolled full-time with a minimum of one face-to-face class in order to live in on-campus housing.  Scholarships require on enrollment in 14 credits (9 during Spring) during the semester in which the scholarship is received as well as reaching the required cumulative GPA. Online-only semester tuition is lower than regular tuition and scholarships are not granted in these semesters because of the reduced tuition, but such semesters will still be part of the four-year allotment. US internships and leave semesters must also fit within the four calendar years.  One internship outside the 50 United States may qualify a student for an extension of graduation.

The four-year allotment begins when enrolled International students are ready to take Academic English I (EIL 310).  Students are limited to 2 semesters to complete EIL coursework up to the Academic English I level (EIL 310).  Any exceptions must be approved by the Vice President for Academics.

International students enrolled in EIL courses who are not engaging in their studies by attending class and doing their assignments or who cannot make progress after repeating EIL core courses will be suspended for lack of progress.

Allotment of semesters in residence for transfer and returning students

Students transferring in with an Associate's Degree will receive three calendar years to finish their degree.  Transfer students that do not have an Associate's Degree will receive four calendar years to finish their degree.  Returning students will have their previous time at BYU-Hawaii evaluated by an Academic Advisor and their graduation date will be set based on the principles of the four-year allotment.