Frequently Asked Questions
You should check your status regularly online by going to the status page on Besmart.com. Normally, a student should receive a decision 30 to 60 days 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.
Approximate cost is $18,000 per year (LDS total for 3 semesters). Please check cost of attendance.
a.)Scholarships for exceptional New Freshmen and Transfers are available in the amounts of half tuition and quarter tuition for one semesters. Click Here for further information.
b.) No additional application is necessary; applicants are reviewed based on the information on their CES application.
c.) 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.
d.) 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.
e) 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.
Please access our Housing Website.
Please note all freshman students are required to live in campus dorms.
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
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.
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.
o Modern, state-of-the-art library and computer facilities
o Language labs
o Full-service snack bar and cafeteria
o Health Center with full-time doctor and staff
o 4000 seat sports and activity center
o Internet wi-fi throughout the campus
o Post office
o Game Center and bowling alley
o Sports facilities including:
o Olympic-size swimming pool
o Weight training and exercise room
o Handball and racketball courts
o Outdoor tennis and basketball courts
Each Fall Semester BYU-Hawaii enrolls more than 2700 students.
BYU-Hawaii hosts students from nearly 70 different countries.
Student Body Diversity:
U.S. Mainland: 46%
All Others: 4%
BYU-Hawaii offers degrees in over 40 areas. For detailed information, please visit Undergraduate Majors.
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.
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.
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 click here to 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.
Visit the Admissions site for a list of tasks that must be completed before registering.
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 at http://oit.byuh.edu/oitservicerequest.
Arriving data is related to your moving date. Please visit BYU – Hawaii Housing Department for more information.
Students can pay payment by either In-person payments or Credit Card payment. Click here for more information.
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.(Laie Shopping Center)
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.