Brigham Young University Hawaii

Brigham Young University Hawaii

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motto = "Enter to learn, go forth to serve"
established = September 26, 1955
type = Private coeducational
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faculty = 183
president = Steven C. Wheelwright
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students = 2,400
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city = Laie
state = Hawaii
country = USA
campus = Rural
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free = Ke Alaka'i
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mascot = Kimo the Gecko
nickname = Seasiders
affiliations = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYUH) is a private, undergraduate co-educational university in Lā'ie, Hawai'i, USA (thirty-five miles from Honolulu) on the windward coast of the island of O‘ahu that educates approximately 2,400 students from Asia, the Pacific islands, the U.S., and other parts of the world, representing over 70 countries. It shares a common name with its sister-schools in the Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church): Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and Brigham Young University-Idaho. BYUH is affiliated with the LDS Church and is named after religious leader and politician Brigham Young.

The school has a strong partnership with the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), the largest living museum in the
State of Hawai‘i, as the PCC employs roughly 700 students from BYUH, many of whom would be unable to attend the university without such employment. Steven C. Wheelwright began his presidency of BYUH in 2007. [cite web |url= |title=Steven C. Wheelwright |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii]


The LDS Church was established in the islands in 1850 following the Edict of Toleration promulgated by Kamehameha III, giving the underground Hawai‘i Catholic Church the right to worship while at the same time allowing other faith traditions to begin establishing themselves.Fact|date=July 2008 By 1919, the Church was prominent enough in the area for the church to build a temple in Lāʻie. Two years after the temple was dedicated then-apostle for the LDS Church David O. McKay stated that the Church would build a school in the area in the future. In 1951, McKay, now President of the Church, began preliminary plans on the school, and in 1954 ground was broken for the new university.cite web |url= |title=Brief History |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii]

BYUH was founded in September 1955 as Church College of Hawaii to accommodate the burgeoning LDS population in the Territory of Hawai‘i. This was largely a result of McKay's views on both education and strengthening the Church outside of its longtime inter-Mountain West U.S. base. The original class consisted of 153 students and 20 faculty meeting in old WWII buildings, with Reuben D. Law as the school's first president. The school's first buildings were dedicated on December 17, 1958. The college was at first a two-year college but was reorganized in 1959 to become a four-year college. By 1961 the College had been granted four-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dormitories, a cafeteria, and other buildings had also been constructed.

LDS Elders established the Polynesian Cultural Center in November 1963 as a means of preserving the Pacific cultures that the Latter-day Saints had encountered in their missionary work. In the 70s, the school was also used to teach LDS missionaries pacific languages and cultures before going out to the islands. The center also provided jobs for students of the college. In 1974, the Church College of Hawaii was elevated to the rank of university by the Church Board of Education and renamed. The school was governed under Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah until 2004, when it was announced that the school would now report to the Church Educational System's Board of Trustees. In 2007, Steven C. Wheelwright was announced as the University's most recent president.


Admissions and demographics

LDS students are required to pay less for tuition than non-LDS students. Students who have been on LDS missions and have attended LDS seminary or institute classes are also given special consideration. However, LDS church membership is not a requirement. Students are typically expected to have had at least a B average in high school, and an ACT score of 26 or SAT score of 1130 or above. Non-native English speakers must receive a 61 or higher on the IBT TOEFL (500 on the paper test), or a 5.5 on IELTS or 75+ on the Michigan language test.

BYUH has a higher percentage of international students than any other baccalaureate institution in the United States, with 1,141 international students out of a total enrollment of 2,492. [ [ Leading Institutions By Carnegie Type ] ] Approximately 95% of the student body is LDS.cite web |url= |title=FAQ |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii]


In 2006, the "U.S. News and World Report" listed BYUH #4 in the Western region of the U.S. among institutions offering bachelor's degrees. The school was also listed as the #1 "best value" in the region and was the only Hawaiian school to make a top-tier listing. It was the eighth year BYUH had been listed as among the top ten in its region. [cite web |url= |title=BYU in Hawaii rated as 'best value' |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher= [ Star Bulletin] ] In 2004, "Consumers Digest" listed the school as the #1 best value among private universities in the U.S. [cite web |url= |title=BYU Hawaii |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date=2005-09-01 |work= |publisher= [ All Business] ]


BYUH offers more than 40 bachelor degree programs, with a 17:1 student/faculty ratio. [ [ BYUH: Academics] ] The school also offers a few unique majors, including Hawaiian Studies, International Business Management, Pacific Islands Studies, and TESOL. The four main academic divisions at BYUH include the following:
*College of Arts and Sciences - Fine Arts, English, English Language Teaching and Learning, Exercise & Sport Science, Hawaiian *Studies, History, International Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Communications, World Humanities & Culture, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sciences, Social Work
*School of Business - Accounting, Hospitality & Tourism, International Business
*School of Computing - Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics
*School of Education - Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education [cite web |url= |title=Academics |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii]


BYUH is located in Laie on the north shore of Oahu, about 35 miles north of Honolulu. The campus covers convert|100|acre|km2 sqmi|lk=on between the mountains and the ocean shore. Dormitories capable of providing room and board for over 1,200 students in the Hale buildings located on the south end of campus. The Temple View Apartments provide housing for married students. [cite web |url= |title=BYUH Married Housing |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii] The school's library is the two-story Joseph F. Smith Library. [cite web |url= |title=Library Map |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii]


BYUH competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II as a member of the Pacific West Conference. The "Seasiders," they compete in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis, volleyball, and men's and women's soccer. The school has won two women's volleyball and nine tennis championships (two men's and seven women's) in Division II, most recently for women's tennis in 2007. As part of the NAIA, the school won eight more women's volleyball championships and two men's volleyball championships, along with two women's tennis championships. In its early days, BYUH also won a National Rugby Championship in 1967, as declared by the Los Angeles Rugby Union. [cite web |url= |title=BYUH Sports |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii] Basketball and volleyball games are held in the George Q. Cannon Activities Center. The campus also holds nine tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, and soccer and softball fields. [cite web |url= |title=Athletic Facilities |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii]

tudent life

LDS atmosphere

According to BYUH's Mission Statement, the school "exists to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life and in their efforts to influence the establishment of peace internationally." [cite web |url= |title=BYUH Mission |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii]

Honor code

All students and faculty, regardless of religion, are required to agree to adhere to an honor code. Early forms of the BYU Honor Code are found as far back as the days of the Brigham Young Academy and educator Karl G. Maeser. Maeser created the "Domestic Organization", which was a group of teachers who would visit students at their homes to see that they were following the schools moral rules prohibiting obscenity, profanity, smoking, and alcohol consumption. The Honor Code itself was created in 1940 at BYU and was used mainly for cases of cheating and academic dishonesty. Ernest L. Wilkinson expanded the Honor Code in 1957 to include other school standards (At this time, Wilkinson, as President of BYU, had some authority over BYU Hawaii as well). This led to what the Honor Code represents today: rules regarding chastity, dress, grooming, drugs and alcohol. A signed commitment to live the honor code is part of the application process, and must be adhered by all students, faculty, and staff. Students and faculty found in violation of standards are either warned or called to meet with representatives of the Honor Council. In rare cases, students and faculty can be expelled from the school or lose tenure.cite web| last = Bergera| first = Gary James | coauthors = Ronald Priddis| title = Chapter 3: Standards & the Honor Code| work = Brigham Young University: A House of Faith| publisher = Signature Books| year = 1985| url =| accessdate = 2008-01-21] One significant difference between BYU's Honor Code and BYU Hawaii's is BYUH's prohibition of the drinking of kava by students and faculty. Kava is a traditional Polynesian drink with some drug-like side-effects. [cite web |url= |title=BYUH Honor Code |accessdate=2008-07-07 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=BYU Hawaii]


Alumni of BYUH include Medal of Honor recipient George E. Wahlen, [Gary, Wiles "The Quiet Hero". American Legacy Historical Press, 2007. ISBN 0979689635] delegate to Congress from American Samoa Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin Faleomavaega, Jr. '64, [cite news | url =| title = Eni bio| publisher = U.S. Congress | accessdate = 2008-05-09 ] and three-time national volleyball coach of the year Mike Wilton '72. [cite web | url =
title = Mike Wilton | publisher = BYUH | accessdate = 2008-07-02


External links

* [ BYU Hawaii Bookstore]

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