It is essential that you have all your college transcripts sent to BYU-Hawaii. Please make sure you submit updated transcripts from your former institution/s to our Admissions Office (see the bottom of this page for the mailing address). Students may be asked to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi for courses in which substitutions are requested. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisor once they arrive on campus. The Academic Advisor will submit substitutions requests to the appropriate department.
As a transfer student, what General Education Courses should I register for?
Starting Fall 2015: Requirements for General Education for Students transferring with an Associate's Degree
Associate’s degrees (AAS, AGS, AS, AA, ALS) from accredited colleges and Universities will be accepted to complete GE requirements, with the additional course work of: Advanced Writing (ENG 315, etc.) and Local Communities (GE 100) (6 hours)
Associate’s degrees of Applied Science and 2 year Diplomas from accredited colleges and Universities wiil be accepted and count towards BYUH GE requirements. Student will need to complete the following additional course work: GE 100, GE 110, GE 120, English 315, World Communities (History 202/GE 300) (15 hours)
Before Fall 2015:
If you have an Associate's Degree from a school with a Transfer Agreement then the one General Education class that you will need to take is an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) course. You are ready to focus on planning your major classes within your six semesters in residence. To help you get started we have sample Major Academic Plans (MAPs) that you can see at http://catalog.byuh.edu/requirements
If you have an Associate's degree from a school without a Transfer Agreement then you will need to complete an Advanced Writing (English 315) and an Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) course. However, those coming from Hawaii Community Colleges have additional requirements. When you arrive you can plan to meet with your Academic Advisor. Once your transcripts arrive and you give her copies of course descriptions and syllabi, she will evaluate your transcript and make a proposal to the General Education Committee of the remaining courses you need to complete.
If you are transferring without an Associate's Degree then you will also need to have your transfer credits evaluated before you can have a final count of your semesters in residence. You can get a general sense of the semesters you will have in residence here. You can see BYU-Hawaii's General Education requirements here. You can plan to register for classes that you clearly know that you have not taken.
What courses will be accepted as transfer credits?
Application of transfer credit will be determined on a course by course equivalency basis. All transfer courses with a C- grade or better will be accepted by BYU-Hawaii as general education credit, major credit or elective credit. Credit for courses of a remedial nature (usually numbered 99 and below) will not be transferable. BYU-Hawaii does not transfer Grade Point Averages (GPA) when transferring credits from other institutions.
A person transferring to BYU Hawaii with an associate degree will generally take additional hours to fulfill the general education requirement for a bachelor's degree. Such a student should meet with the Academic Advisor over his/her major. The Academic Advisor then does an evaluation of the student's transcript and makes a proposal to the General Education Committee of the remaining courses that the student has to complete.
With an Associate Degree from schools with a Transfer Agreement, credits will transfer to BYU-Hawaii having satisfied all of their General Education requirements with the exception of an Interdisciplinary Studies course. Those transferring with an Associate degree from schools without a Transfer Agreement will need to complete an Advanced Writing and an Interdisciplinary Studies course. However, Hawaii Community Colleges have additional requirements.
Students will be notified in writing of the general education requirements remaining to be completed. The student's major department/school evaluates courses for the major requirements.
Where do I send my transcript?
Please send all official and sealed transcripts to:
BYU-Hawaii Admissions Office
55-220 Kulanui St.
Laie, HI 96762
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits?
Students who completed Advanced Placement courses in high school and scored a composite grade of 3,4,or 5 may receive up to eight semester hours of credit in each subject. Credits will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
If I already have a four-year degree, can I earn another one at BYU-Hawaii?
In keeping with its mission to educate as many students as possible, BYU-Hawaii does not admit students for a second bachelor's degree.