Brigham Young University-Hawaii: Narrative Description

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55-220 Kulanui St.
Laie, HI 96762-1294
Tel: (808)293-3211
Admissions: (808)293-3731
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Independent Latter-day Saints, 4-year, coed. Administratively affiliated with Brigham Young University. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1955. Setting: 60-acre small town campus with easy access to Honolulu. Endowment: $43.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $71,856. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,600 per student. Total enrollment: 2,486. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,106 applied, 12% were admitted. Full-time: 2,190 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 296 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 67 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 0.4% black, 22% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 45% international, 25% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; education. Core. Calendar: 4-4-2-2. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, resume of activities, ecclesiastical endorsement, SAT or ACT. Recommended: ACT. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/15. Notification: continuous. Preference given to Latter Day Saints Church members.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $7460 includes full-time tuition ($2660) and college room and board ($4800). College room only: $2164. Full-time tuition varies according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $181 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 49 open to all. Most popular organizations: Tonga Club, Samoa Club, Hawaiian Club, Japanese Club. Major annual events: Culture Night, Foodfest, Songfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,356 college housing spaces available; 1,300 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Joseph F. Smith Library plus 1 other with 321,400 books, 948,000 microform titles, 11,325 serials, 7,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.7 million. 465 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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