BYU–Hawaii exists to provide an education consistent with the religious and family values taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Admissions Office gives preference to members of the Church in good standing but will not unlawfully discriminate against applicants based upon gender, race, creed, religion, national origin, age, or disability who meet the requirements, who agree to abide by the Honor Code and Dress and Grooming Standards, and who are otherwise qualified based upon available space. High standards of honor, integrity, and morality, graciousness in personal behavior, application of Christian ideals in everyday living, and abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and harmful drugs are required of every student.
An applicant who is currently excommunicated or disfellowshipped from, on probation with, or voluntarily disaffiliated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is generally inadmissible until reinstated to full fellowship. Students, who withdrew on Grade Warning or Probation more than five years prior to reapplying, may be admitted at the discretion of the Admissions Exceptions Committee. Students on academic status who have been away for five years or less are generally admitted on the same status provided they have received a clear ecclesiastical endorsement.
Important Notice: When admission has been offered to the maximum number of students to achieve approved enrollment goals, the Admissions Office will only consider applications for the next possible semester or term. The President and the Admissions Exceptions Committee reserve the right to make exceptions to admission policy and guidelines as deemed appropriate.
In keeping with its mission to educate as many students as possible, BYU–Hawaii does not admit students for a second bachelor’s degree.
Enriched Environment Statement
“The Mission of BYU–Hawaii - founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints— is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life. That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued.”
To this end, the university seeks qualified students of various geographic, educational, cultural, ethnic,and racial backgrounds and talents, who relate together in such a manner that they are “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” It is the university’s judgment that providing educational opportunities for a mix of students who share values based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences is an important educational asset to BYU–Hawaii.
See Required Tests Section.
Other Considerations for Admission
The Admissions Committee also considers applicants with special talent, exceptional creativity, or other unusual preparation for university study not otherwise revealed in standard admission data. In evaluating these criteria, the Admissions Committee relies on scholarship recommendations from a BYU–Hawaii department as a demonstration of the required talent, creativity, or unusual preparation. The Admissions Committee also uses Parts 6 and 7 (activities and essays) and Part 4 (seminary/institute recommendation) 15 of the application in making an evaluation. The committee may also consider such factors as mission, military service, career choices, and personal circumstances
Failure to disclose and submit all documents required for admission, including transcripts from each institution in which the applicant has or is currently enrolled, or any falsification of information required for admission consideration may result in disallowance of transfer credits, immediate suspension and/or loss of all credit earned at BYU–Hawaii.
Priority and International Student Deadline
All application materials must be received by the CES Admissions Office on or before the deadline for the semester for which the applicant is seeking admission. Applicants who submit any portion of their application after the deadline for the semester for which they are applying, may be considered, however your application will be marked “Late.”
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Notification of Admissions Decision
All applicants will receive official written notification from the BYU– Hawaii Admissions Office or from the Church Educational System (apply.churchofjesuschrist.org) website. Any other notification, either verbal or written, will not be considered valid. A letter of acceptance is valid only for the semester indicated. Admitted students wishing to be considered for a later enrollment period must notify the Admissions Office to cancel their admittance, and reapply for a later semester or term. Detailed instructions on how to reapply are available at apply.churchofjesuschrist.org.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Seminary
Prospective students are expected to participate in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Seminary during each year of high school. BYU–Hawaii is committed to the concept that thoughtful and consistent study of the scriptures is vital to the preparation of those desiring to enter the university. Graduation from seminary (released time, early morning or home study) is an expectation and gives priority in the admission process. Exceptions will be considered in unusual circumstances such as for a recent convert who joined the Church during his or her high school career
High School Preparation
Students are encouraged to complete high school courses from the following list of college-preparation courses. Of particular importance are English and Mathematics. Writing and math skills are basic for critical thinking. Completing courses on the list may assist in preparing students for university study.
- Four years of English
- Three years of mathematics (two or three years beyond algebra 1)
- Three years of science
- Four years of social studies
- Two or more years of foreign language (advanced skill in one language is preferred)
Courses such as computer science, the arts (music, drama, painting, etc.), and other worthwhile choices may prove beneficial for students. Students should consider taking classes with substantial content that challenge them. In today’s world computer skills are valuable assets. These skills should be learned in high school or independently. BYU– Hawaii offers courses online to help students who do not meet admissions standards.
High School Graduation
Applicants should be graduates of fully accredited high schools. Those who complete their secondary education through the General Education Development Test (GED), home study, home school, or other programs will be reviewed individually by the Admissions Committee to determine admissibility.
The GED in most states consists of five sections: Language ArtsWriting, Language Arts-Reading, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics.
The possible scores on each individual exam range from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest). In most states, including Hawaii, students need a total minimum score of 2010 with an average score of 450 points on all 5 tests. No score on any one test can be less than 410 points.
For admissions consideration, a GED from a US student must also be accompanied with an ACT or SAT test score. BYU–Hawaii generally requires an ACT score of 24+ for domestic students.
High school students who would like to be considered for admission to BYU–Hawaii before receiving a high school diploma must:
- Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.6 (B+) or higher on all work to date.
- Submit a letter of unconditional recommendation for early admission from their high school counselor or principal. The counselor or principal must also state that the student is academically prepared and has the emotional and social maturity to benefit from attendance at BYU–Hawaii.
- Submit a letter of unconditional recommendation for early admission from the applicant’s parent or guardian.
- Complete all application requirements (see application procedures for freshman applicants), including fee of $35.
- ACT score of 24 or SAT of 1090 or higher.
Application deadline dates for early admission are the same as for new freshman applicants.
Home School Applicants
Applicants who have been home schooled in lieu of attending a high school environment must receive a composite ACT score of 24 or higher, or SAT of 1090 or higher to be competitive for admission consideration. These individuals must also complete all other application requirements for freshman applicants.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits or International Baccalaureate (IB) Test Scores
Students who completed Advanced Placement courses in high school and scored a composite grade of 3, 4 or 5 on any subject test may receive up to eight semester hours of credit in each subject. Likewise, students who complete International Baccalaureate tests may receive college credit for their work, following the matrix available on the Admissions website. Because both examinations test knowledge gained in High School, be aware that if students have both an AP and an IB examination for the same subject that they will be awarded the highest credit possible of the different measures, but they will not receive college credit for both test scores.
Concurrent Enrollment at BYU–Hawaii
High school students who would like to be considered for admission to BYU–Hawaii as part-time students while still enrolled in high school must:
- Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.6 or higher on all work to date.
- Submit a BYU–Hawaii concurrent enrollment voucher signed by the applicant, the parent, and a high school counselor.
- Have completed at least the junior year of high school.
- Complete parts 1, 2, and 3 of the admission application.
- Pay the non-refundable application fee of $35.
Concurrent Credit Transfer Policy
Many students are now receiving enriched academic experiences by enrolling concurrently in college courses while completing their high school curricula. BYU–Hawaii will consider these students for freshman admission and scholarships provided they complete no more than 29 semester/44 quarter hours of concurrent work before enrollment at BYU–Hawaii.
Students admitted to BYU–Hawaii who, before enrollment, complete 30 semester/45 quarter hours of concurrent course work or who enroll at a college or university other than BYU–Hawaii following high school graduation will be designated as transfer students. Their admission and scholarship status will be evaluated based on BYU– Hawaii’s transfer student criteria. Such evaluation may result in the withdrawal of a previously awarded freshman scholarship.
College credit received for successfully completed AP examinations, IB examinations, or concurrent work taken at BYU–Hawaii is excluded from the 29 semester/44 quarter hours limit. Because the examinations test knowledge gained in High School, be aware that if students have an AP and an IB examination for the same subject that they will be awarded the highest credit possible of the different measures, but they will not receive college credit for both test scores.
BYU–Hawaii encourages international students to begin the application process well in advance of the deadlines. Once admitted, the required $500 International Processing Fee must be received before the I-20/DS-2019 will be issued. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit detailed written descriptions in English for all course work completed prior to attending BYU–Hawaii with their application. This information, in addition to official college or university transcripts, will help BYU– Hawaii staff to determine the number of credits transferred and the length of the course of study at the university. Official transcripts not in English should be accompanied by certified English translations. International students may transfer to BYU–Hawaii from a U.S. college or university if they hold a valid F-1 visa and have maintained their student status during their prior enrollment.
BYU–Hawaii is a sponsoring institution for both the Student Visa (F visa) and the Exchange Visitor Visa (J visa). New admitted self-funding international students are sent the (Form I-20) to obtain a F1 or F-2 visa. New admitted sponsored international students are sent the (Form DS-2019) to obtain a J-1 or J-2 visa. Students make an appointment with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate and pay a fee to obtain their visa. Upon arrival in the US, students present the (Form I-20) or (Form DS-2019) along with a valid passport and valid visa to an immigration officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Once in the US, students must maintain their visa status by adhering to the strict regulations governing their visa program. Questions concerning non-immigrant student and exchange visitor visas should be referred to International Student Services.
Information pertaining to transfer students can be found at https://admissions.byuh.edu/transfer_evaluation.
Veterans Support is located in the Registrar’s Office and certifies the enrollment of eligible veterans or their dependents for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Information and help in applying for these benefits are available from this office.
Aid or assistance that is not designated for the sole purpose of reducing a student’s tuition and fee should not be excluded from the net in-state charges reported to VA.
American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Scores
Applicants from Canada, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia and U.S.-patterned international schools must submit either ACT or SAT results.
All new freshman applicants and transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of college credit at the time of application are required to take the ACT or SAT, a national standardized entrance exams. Students are encouraged to take the test during the last semester of their junior year in high school. The test should be taken early enough for the results to be received by the Admissions Office before the deadline for the semester in which a student intends to enroll. Test results arrive at the university approximately four weeks after the test is given.
English Proficiency Test
Applicants from any non-U.S.-patterned international schools must have their results from the TOEFL or IELTS reach the Admissions Office before the application deadline. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) are the preferred tests of English language proficiency. For more information about these tests contact: TOEFL@collegeboard.com. or visit www.IELTS.org In some cases, the TOEFL or IELTS may be substituted by the Michigan, EIKEN, SLEP or Pearson Exam, which is available only in selected countries. For more information on English proficiency exam requirements please visit the admissions website http://admissions.byuh.edu/English_requirement.
The International Work Opportunity Returnability Kuleana (I-WORK) program is available to our target area applicants who reside in the South Pacific and Far East Asia areas. More information, including an application for I-WORK, is available online at the BYU–Hawaii Financial Aid website at http://financialaid.byuh.edu/IWORK. Applications are also available from the Financial Aid Office. International students applying to transfer from another institution in the United States will not be eligible for the I-WORK program.