University of Hawaii – West Oahu (UHWO)

91-1001 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, HI

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University of Hawaii - West Oahu is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Pearl City, HI, which is a predominantly suburban area. About a thousand students enroll at UHWO per year.

Students can pick from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Social Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Public Administration
  • Education
  • Humanistic Studies

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1190 - 1510 for the SAT exam and in a range of 15 - 22 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to UHWO. UHWO accepts roughly 70% of applicants. Of those admitted, about 36% enrolled. More information from the admissions office can be found at

The tuition at UHWO varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay close to $5,700 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $17,000 annually. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally provided as grants or student loans.

Contact information, admission forms, areas of study, and more can be viewed on school's website at

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the students UHWO accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting accepted to UHWO.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Recommended
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2012

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading400 - 480
SAT ® Math400 - 500
SAT ® Writing380 - 470
SAT ® Total Score1180 - 1450

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2012

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English15 - 21
ACT ® Math16 - 22
ACT ® Writing5 - 7
ACT ® Composite Score16 - 22

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UHWO

The chances for admission at UHWO can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions693 (76%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled300 (43%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of Hawaii – West Oahu is around 2,700 students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,000. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $50 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $6,600-$8,000
    • Out-of-State: $19,000-$22,380
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $280-$330 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $780-$930 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid57%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships43%$4,547
Receiving Student Loans27%$4,060

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 6.6%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of Hawaii – West Oahu may provide services to students like:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment

Graduation Rates

University of Hawaii – West Oahu has an overall graduation rate which is around 25%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years6%
Graduating in 5 Years19%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 2013)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Social Sciences

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Contact Information

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