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FAQs

Prospective Students
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    What tests do I need to take to enter BYU Hawaii?
    Please look at our Test Requirement page. BYU-Hawaii accepts the IBT (TOEFL), IELTS, Pearson Test of English (PTE) and the Michigan Test. We also accept the EIKEN from Japan.
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    When will I know if I have been accepted?
    You should check your status regularly online by going to the status page on apply.lds.org. Normally, a student should receive a decision 4 to 6 weeks after application deadline. IWORK students can expect to wait an additional month or two after sending in all the required documents. Please visit the Admissions Decisions Schedule.
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    When are the application deadlines?
    All application materials must be received by the CES Admissions Office on or before the deadline for the semester or term for which the applicant is seeking admission. Applicants who submit any portion of their application after the deadline for the semester/term for which they are applying may be considered for the next available semester/term. Check out the academic dates to remember.
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    What helps can I get with the new application which launched for Spring 2019 and beyond?
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    What is the cost to study at BYU-Hawaii for a calendar year?
    Approximate cost is $18,000 per year (LDS total for 3 semesters). Please check cost of attendance.
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    What scholarships are available at BYU-Hawaii?
    Scholarships for exceptional New Freshmen and Transfers are available in the amounts of half tuition and quarter tuition for one semesters.
    • No additional application is necessary; applicants are reviewed based on the information on their CES application.
    • Scholarship criteria includes: Academic excellence, spiritual preparation, leadership, declared major, school preference, recommendations from the priesthood leaders and their seminary teacher, and the application essays. Returning students may qualify for scholarships based on their GPA while attending BYUH before leaving on missions or for other purposes. Please click HERE for more information.
    • Returned Missionary scholarships are available on a limited basis on the recommendation of Mission Presidents and receipt of a voucher provided by the Mission President. Missionaries serving in the target area of the Pacific Islands and East Asia or missionaries from these countries serving anywhere in the world may be considered for this scholarship. Missionaries returning to BYU-H after their missions do not qualify.
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    Where will I live while studying at BYU-Hawaii?
    Our Housing Website has the answers to all your questions. Please note all freshman students are required to live in campus dorms.
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    What kind of visa do I need to study at BYU-Hawaii?
    All international applicants will receive a DS-2019 for a J Visa.

    Non-student spouses of married J1 students will receive a J2 visa and after paying a $400 application fee (and a three-month wait) to the US Government, may qualify to work on or off campus.

    Please refer to this letter: Important Information About Your Visa
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    Do I have to be a Latter-day Saints (Mormon) to attend BYU-Hawaii?
    No. However, because the university is supported funds and donations by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members will be given priority. In addition, members who have attended seminary or institute and who have served missions for the Church will be given extra consideration for admission.

    All non-members will be interviewed by the University Chaplain in place of a local Stake or District President. This interview most commonly takes place by phone.
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    How does the LDS Church influence campus life at BYU-Hawaii?
    There is a strong spirit of love and friendship here-a love that extends beyond race, ethnicity, geography, or religion. 20 LDS Church congregations organized into three stakes meet on campus each Sunday for religious services. Each week classes and offices close and the student body gathers to listen to a devotional speaker. Religion classes are required for graduation and BYU-Hawaii students, staff, and faculty agree to abide by the BYU-Hawaii Honor Code and Dress and Grooming Standards. Overall, BYU-Hawaii is a great place to learn, live, worship and grow.
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    What services are available on campus?
    Language labs
    Modern, state-of-the-art library and computer facilities
    Full-service snack bar and cafeteria
    Health Center with full-time doctor and staff
    4000 seat sports and activity center
    Internet wi-fi throughout the campus
    Post office
    Game Center and bowling alley

    Sports facilities including:
    • Olympic-size swimming pool
    • Weight training and exercise room
    • Handball and racquetball courts
    • Outdoor tennis and basketball courts
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    If I already have a Bachelor's degree, can I apply to BYUH to complete a second undergraduate degree?
    No. Because we desire to serve as many students as possible, the opportunity to study here is given only to students who have never had the chance to complete an undergraduate degree at another school.
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    How many students attend BYU-Hawaii and where are they from?
    Each Fall Semester BYU-Hawaii enrolls more than 2700 students.

    BYU-Hawaii hosts students from nearly 70 different countries.

    Student Body Diversity:

    Asia: 24%

    Pacific: 12%

    U.S. Mainland: 46%

    Hawaii: 13%

    All Others: 4%
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    What majors are offered at BYU-Hawaii?
    BYU-Hawaii offers degrees in over 40 areas. For detailed information, please visit Undergraduate Majors.
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    If I don’t qualify to be admitted to BYU-Hawaii because of a low GPA or a low English test score (for international students), what options do I have?
    BYU-Hawaii offers an Online program which may enable you to qualify to be admitted to the university for a later semester. For further information go to online.byuh.edu.
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    What career or educational opportunities will there be for me after I graduate?
    Many BYU–Hawaii students go on for higher degrees at prestigious schools such as Columbia, MIT, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Oxford University, BYU Provo, and other first-rate universities. Career Services currently has several initiatives to connect students with employment in their home country/region and field of study. They are also actively helping students prepare for, identify, and apply for internship and employment opportunities. Many students complete internships where they are able to develop skills, gain experience, and make connections for post-graduate work opportunities. Visit the Career Services website for more information.
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    Can I work while I am enrolled?
    Yes. More than 1,200 student jobs are available at the Polynesian Culture Center and at BYU-Hawaii allowing students to work part-time while earning an undergraduate degree. Please find a list of currently available jobs (check often as job availability changes frequent).

    • International students may not apply for jobs until after arrival on campus and after English proficiency testing for non-native English speakers.
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    Why should I choose Brigham Young University Hawaii?
    Please see our Why should you choose BYU-Hawaii? page or see our Explore page.
Admitted Students
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    What do I do now that I am admitted?
    Visit the Admissions site for a list of tasks that must be completed before registering.
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    I completed my Intent to Enroll and accepted my admittance. But I need to cancel?
    Visit the Cancellation of Admittance. This is for those that already accepted and matriculated in the application process.
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    I can’t get into MYBYUH account; who do I talk to?
    Have you sent in your Intent to Enroll to Admissions? Until it is received and you are matriculated (which may take up to 48 hours) you will not be able to access your MYBYUH account. If you still cannot log in, please contact the BYU-Hawaii Help Desk at (808) 675-3921 between the hours of 7:00AM and 9:00PM, Monday through Saturday Hawaii Standard Time. You can also submit a ticket request for help.
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    How do I register for classes?
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    How do I get into my student email account?
    Access your email by logging into https://go.byuh.edu using yourCESNetid@go.byuh.edu and the temporary password. You will be prompted to create a new password. Please visit the IT website for answers to questions or to find directions on how to access or forward your BYU-Hawaii email.
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    When can I arrive on campus?
    Arriving data is related to your moving date. Please visit BYU – Hawaii Housing Department for more information.
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    When is the first day of classes?
    For current information, please check the Dates to Remember page.
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    When does orientation begin?
    Please visit : https://orientation.byuh.edu/ for New Student Orientation information. All international and domestic students are required to complete this orientation before arriving at BYU-Hawaii, in order to receive your student identification during your campus orientation.
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    How do I get to campus from the Airport?
    For all non-IWORK students, domestic and international, please contact Student Life at jacquie.alisa@byuh.edu, mamao.haunga@byuh.edu, or shirley.tovey@byuh.edu

    For IWORK students only, once you have purchased your plane ticket, email LaVerne Puhi at laverne.puhi@byuh.edu with your flight information (arrival date, time and flight number) and arrangements will be made with you directly.
    For all non-IWORK students, domestic and international, please contact Student Life at jacquie.alisa@byuh.edu, mamao.haunga@byuh.edu, or shirley.tovey@byuh.edu

    For IWORK students only, once you have purchased your plane ticket, email LaVerne Puhi at laverne.puhi@byuh.edu with your flight information (arrival date, time and flight number) and arrangements will be made with you directly.
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    When and how do I pay tuition?
    Students can pay payment by either In-person payments or Credit Card payment. Please refer to the Cashier's office for more information.
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    I have special needs; who can help me?
    Students with Special Needs contact Leilani Auna at (808) 675-3999 or visit: https://counseling.byuh.edu/special_needs
Community
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    What can you tell me about Laie?
    Laie was established in the 1860's as a refuge for LDS members in Hawaii. Currently approximately 7,000 people live in Laie, 90% of whom are members of the LDS Church. The town is located approximately one hour from Honolulu on Hawaii's north-east shore. In addition to a convenient shopping center, Laie is the home of the Hawaii Laie LDS Temple, the world famous Polynesian Cultural Center and of course Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Here is a letter from a graduating student to the incoming class regarding the area and the Laie Shopping Center.
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    Where is BYU- Hawaii located?
    Laie, Hawaii (population 7,000) is situated 35 miles north of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The 100-acre campus is nestled between lush mountains and ideal shoreline.