Allotment of Semesters

Allotment of Semesters

BYU-Hawaii has a year-round Bachelor's degree program with fall, winter, and spring semesters. Students are expected to graduate with a maximum of four years. Internship semesters not on-island and online-only semesters away from campus do not count as semesters in residence.

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 a minor, certificate, or courses equivalent to a double major are welcome to do so with the understanding that these must also be completed within the four-year allotment. Electing to start these additional programs does not grant a student any additional allotment of residency.

Students may opt to take a semester off or a semester away from campus during their studies. Scholarships are based on enrollment in 14 credits during the semester in which the scholarship is received as well as reaching the required cumulative GPA. Housing requires students to be enrolled full-time with a minimum of one face-to-face class to live in on-campus housing. Online-only semester tuition is lower than regular tuition and scholarships are not granted in these semesters because of the reduced tuition. 

The four year in residence rule applies when International students begin Academic English II (EIL 320).  Students are limited to 3 semesters to complete EIL coursework up to the Academic English II level (EIL 320).  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.