University of Hawaii--West Oahu

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91-1001 Farrington Highway

Kapolei, HI 96707

Phone: (808) 689-2800
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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University of Hawaii--West Oahu is a public institution that was founded in 1976. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,997, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 76 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,296 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,816 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

University of Hawaii West Oahu Summary
Since 1976, the University of Hawaii West Oahu (UHWO) has served the people of Hawaii and beyond, and remains a dynamic and diverse place of learning and cultural enrichment. Formerly West Oahu College, the university has evolved from a two-year baccalaureate institution to a four-year comprehensive University with academic programs that emphasize the exploration of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies. Founded in the liberal arts, UH West Oahu is committed to quality teaching and an environment that fosters life-long learning.
The strength of the university comes from its dedicated faculty, staff and administration, working together to offer an intellectually challenging higher education experience in a supportive setting. The university features small class sizes, a low faculty-to-student ratio and the lowest bachelor's degree tuition in Hawaii.
With a population of incoming traditional freshmen, non-traditional and international students, UH West Oahu's student body is a diverse group that reflects a cultural heritage unique to the islands. Boasting the highest percentage of Hawaiian/Part-Hawaiian students within the University of Hawaii's three baccalaureate campuses, the university is dedicated to providing higher education access to underserved communities across the state.
UHWO student satisfaction is reflected in the university's high retention rate and consistently high marks on the overall quality of the student's total academic experience.
UH West Oahu's curriculum is founded on the principle that career training, the humanities and social sciences are interdependent and complementary. Baccalaureate and certificate programs encourage interdisciplinary exploration, international, and cross-cultural awareness. While attending the university, students are encouraged to seek both breadth and depth in their educational experiences and explore relationships between various disciplines. Through Service-Learning projects that combine academic study and community involvement, the university emphasizes an understanding of subjects through real-world application.
UH West Oahu is committed to addressing workforce needs and offering degrees that matter in todays marketplace. The University constantly strives to offer new programs through flexible class schedules and quality teaching so students may pursue an accessible, career-focused education. In partnership with the University of Hawaii Community Colleges and University and Education Centers, UH West Oahu offers bachelor degrees and certificate programs to residents of the neighboring Hawaiian islands via distance-delivered classes. UH West Oahu is at the forefront of distance learning programs with 20 percent of the student body taking courses entirely online.
The growth and development of UHWO represents an exciting opportunity and a bright path for the future of West Oahu and the entire state of Hawaii. For more than 30 years, UH West Oahu has been located in portable buildings adjacent to Leeward Community College in Pearl City on the island of Oahu. The University marked a major milestone when it began construction of a state-of-the-art, permanent baccalaureate campus in the City of Kapolei in 2010. It is expected to open its doors to more than 2,000 students for classes in 2012. Incorporating the latest trends in environmental sustainability, the construction of the entire campus and adjacent business and retail community will span several years. When completed, UH West Oahu will accommodate 7,600 students and 1,000 faculty and staff.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1976
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to University of Hawaii--West Oahu, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of Hawaii--West Oahu is $50. It has an an acceptance rate of 51.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.4%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Hawaii--West Oahu is 18:1, and the school has 55.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Hawaii--West Oahu include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Public Administration and Social Service Professions; Education; Psychology; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 52.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 37%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 16%
Education 15%
Psychology 13%
Social Sciences 9%

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Student Life

University of Hawaii--West Oahu has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,997, with a gender distribution of 33.5 percent male students and 66.5 percent female students.

Total enrollment 1,997
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

University of Hawaii--West Oahu offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. University of Hawaii--West Oahu also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Of the students at University of Hawaii--West Oahu, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Hawaii--West Oahu.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Hawaii--West Oahu, 29.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,326.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,296 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,816 (2013-14)
Room and board N/A
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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