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University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu

Academics FAQs

Do you have online courses?
Yes, UH West O‘ahu offers many programs through distance learning.
How do I get my transcripts?
There are two options to order an official transcript of course work completed at UH West O‘ahu:
  • Ordering a transcript through the Office of the Registrar by submitting the Transcript Request Form (PDF). Payment must be remitted at the time the transcript request is made.
  • Online via the National Student Clearinghouse. Note there is a $2.25 processing fee, in addition to the cost of the transcript. Orders sent to the same recipient are charged a single processing fee. Orders sent to multiple recipients are charged a processing fee for each separate recipient.
For additional information, go to the transcripts page.
How do I make the Dean's List?
Students who perform at a high academic level will be placed on the Dean’s List for work completed at UH West O‘ahu by the end of each semester. To qualify, students must enroll in a minimum of nine UH West O‘ahu credits during the semester. All classes must be completed at the end of the fall and spring term with a semester GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Admissions FAQs

How do I request a campus tour?
Visit the campus tour page to request an individual / group tour.
When should I apply for admission?
It’s best to submit your application for admission before our priority deadline. All applications submitted after our final deadline will be charged a Late Registration Fee.
What are the steps in the admission process?
  1. Review the admissions criteria for freshman or transfer students.
  2. Apply online with the University of Hawai‘i System Online Application Form.
  3. Submit your official transcripts and test scores (if needed).
Where do I send my transcripts and test scores?
All transcripts and test scores can be sent to: University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu, 91-1001 Farrington Highway, C141 Kapolei, HI 96707-4507
What is the estimated cost of attendance including books, supplies, housing, meals and other expenses?
Refer to the Cost of Attendance page for estimated cost information.
How long does it take to be admitted and how will I be notified?
Allow two to four weeks for the processing of your completed application. You will then receive a decision letter by mail. If there are any incomplete items in your application, your admission decision may be delayed.
Do I meet the requirements for admission?
Check our admission requirements to find the requirements for admission for your program.
How can I get admission counseling prior to becoming a student?
Call the Office of Admissions at (808) 689-2900 to make an appointment to meet with an admissions counselor or academic advisor.
Will my previous college credits transfer?
See Transfer Credit Database for information about transferring credits.
Do you accept international students; what is the definition of an international student?
See International Student Admission for information about international students.
What is provisional admission?
Provisional admission means your admission is based on your successful completion of coursework you currently have planned or have in progress. UH West O‘ahu reserves the right to cancel your admission for any of the following reasons: your planned or in-progress courses are not completed, you do not maintain your GPA, or if you do not submit documents by the required deadline.
I've been accepted for the fall semester, can I change my admission to another semester?
UH West O‘ahu’s application for admission applies only to the semester of entry indicated on the application form at the time of submission.
Do you accept undeclared students?
Yes, UH West O‘ahu accepts undeclared students. You are encouraged to declare a major no later than your junior year for the timely completion of your degree.
Why have I been determined to be a non-resident?
Residency is determined on an individual basis and the documents you submit. For further questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (808) 689-2900.
What is Pacific Island Jurisdiction (PIJ)?
Pacific Island Jurisdiction (PIJ) includes American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Futuna, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis. In accordance with BOR Policy, Chapter 6, Section 6-8c.
What is Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
Through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), students in western states may enroll at UH West O'ahu at a reduced tuition of 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than non-resident tuition. Reduced WUE tuition is currently available for freshman and transfer students. UH West O'ahu reserves the right to limit WUE awards each academic year based on enrollment projections.
What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at fafsa.gov. Don't forget to submit your FAFSA for next school year!
  • Make sure to indicate UH West Oʻahu’s FAFSA school code is 014315.
  • The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for fall is March 1. The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for spring is October 1.
  • Most schools, including UH West Oʻahu, have an established priority deadline. Meeting the priority deadline allows the student the best opportunity to be considered for the most aid possible, as some financial aid programs have limited funding. If the priority deadline is missed, the student may still apply for financial aid and the award offer will be subject to available funds.
Learn more about the FAFSA.

Campus Tours FAQs

What should I bring for the campus tour?
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella (for the rainy days)
How long is the tour?
Each tour starts with a 40 minute student-led walking tour and is followed by a 15 minute information session by an admissions counselor.
Will we be able to observe a class in session?
If an unoccupied classroom is available, your guide will include a classroom visit in your tour.
What if I need special accomodations?
If you need special accommodations to participate in the tour, please let us know when you make your reservations. The standard tour includes walking up and down stairs, however, alternate routes are available.
How do I cancel my reservation?
To cancel your reservation, please send an email to: uhwotour@hawaii.edu. A reply email will be sent to you confirming your cancellation.
What if I have more questions after the tour?
As part of the tour activities, you will have the opportunity to meet with an admissions counselor. You are also welcome to contact us by phone or email at anytime: Phone: (808) 689-2900 Email: uhwotour@hawaii.edu

Financial Aid FAQs

How can I afford college?
UH West Oʻahu offers a range of options to assist you. Refer to our Financial Aid section for information.
How much aid do I qualify for?
Check out our financial aid calculator. Don't forget to fill out your FAFSA form and apply for scholarships.
What is my financial aid status?
Your financial aid status, including any outstanding requirements, your financial aid award, and any active messages are posted to your MyUH Services. Make sure to check your status to ensure that all of your requirements have been satisfied and that nothing is outstanding. In addition, you also need to ensure that you have made a decision regarding your financial aid offers by indicating either ACCEPT or DECLINE through the "Award Status" tab. Don't forget to view your messages from the financial aid office and take immediate action as advised. Processing times during the start of the semester may take approximately 3-4 weeks from the time we receive any applications or requirements.
Where do I check my financial aid status?
Your financial aid status; including any outstanding requirements, your financial aid award, and any active messages are posted to your MyUH Services. Make sure to check your status to ensure that all of your requirements have been satisfied and that nothing is outstanding. In addition, you also need to ensure that you have made a decision regarding your financial aid offers by indicating either ACCEPT or DECLINE through the "Award Status" tab. Don't forget to view your messages from the Financial Aid Office and take immediate action as advised. Processing times during the start of the semester may take approximately 3-4 weeks from the time we receive any applications or requirements.
What if I'm receiving external scholarships or resources?
You need to inform our office of any resources as this may impact your financial aid award. Submit a copy of your scholarship letter or let us know in writing or by email if you are receiving any tuition waivers or stipends as well. We want to ensure that all aid and resources you are receiving are accounted for and that we can be proactive should adjustments to your financial aid award need to occur.
How do I get my financial aid refund ASAP?
Sign up for the direct deposit option called "eRefund" through your MyUH Portal. This is a free service provided by the UH System that allows your refund to be directly deposited into your personal bank account within 4-5 business days from the time your aid is applied to your UH student account. All you need is a savings or checking account with a valid bank or financial institution. Otherwise, your refund will be mailed to you in approximately 2 weeks from the time your aid is disbursed to your UH student account.
What if I am no longer enrolled full-time?
You must inform the Financial Aid Office in writing or by email to uhwo.finaid@hawaii.edu as soon as possible, as this may delay your financial aid disbursement. Financial aid awarded through UH West Oʻahu is based on a student's full-time enrollment at our campus. If the student will be concurrently/dually enrolled at another UH System campus and are at least half-time enrolled at UH West Oʻahu; the financial aid recipient should submit the Concurrent Enrollment Request Form to inform our office of your enrollment status. Half-time enrollment at UH West Oʻahu is required to remain eligible for most financial aid, including scholarships. The Financial Aid Office will begin processing Concurrent Enrollment Request Forms 30 days prior to the start of the semester.
When do I receive my financial aid disbursement?
Available aid will begin paying the student’s UH West Oʻahu charges no sooner than 10 days prior to the start of the semester, provided that the student had completed all necessary requirements and is registered at the enrollment level for which the award offer was based on. Read more about disbursements here.
What is Pacific Island Jurisdiction (PIJ)?
Pacific Island Jurisdiction (PIJ) includes American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Futuna, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis. In accordance with BOR Policy, Chapter 6, Section 6-8c.
What is Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
Through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), students in western states may enroll at UH West O'ahu at a reduced tuition of 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than non-resident tuition. Reduced WUE tuition is currently available for freshman and transfer students. UH West O'ahu reserves the right to limit WUE awards each academic year based on enrollment projections.
Do you offer financial aid for summer sessions?
Financial aid for the summer is only available for those who received the federal Pell Grant during the current academic year and did not utilize their full aid year eligibility. No other financial aid, including federal student loans, are available for the summer sessions. Contact the Financial Aid Office at uhwo.finaid@hawaii.edu.
What are the school default rates for UH West Oʻahu?
To provide context for the Cohort Default Rate (CDR) data we include enrollment data (students enrolled at any time during the year) and a corresponding percentage (borrowers entering repayment divided by that enrollment figure). While there is no direct relationship between the timing of when a borrower entered repayment (October 1 through September 30) and any particular enrollment year, for the purpose of these data, we have chosen to use the academic year ending on the June 30 prior to the beginning of the cohort year (e.g., FY 2014 CDR Year will use 2012-2013 enrollment). Data as of 3/27/18
OPE ID School Type Control PRGMS
021078 UH West O'ahu 91-1001 Farrington Hwy Bachelor's Degree Public Both (FFEL/FDL)
FY2014 FY2013 FY2012
Default Rate 7.5 6.5 6.6
Number in Default 25 20 14
Number in Repay 333 306 211
Enrollment Figures 2,460 2,104 1,811
Percentage Calculation 13.5 14.5 11.6
What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at fafsa.gov. Don't forget to submit your FAFSA for next school year!
  • Make sure to indicate UH West Oʻahu’s FAFSA school code is 014315.
  • The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for fall is March 1. The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for spring is October 1.
  • Most schools, including UH West Oʻahu, have an established priority deadline. Meeting the priority deadline allows the student the best opportunity to be considered for the most aid possible, as some financial aid programs have limited funding. If the priority deadline is missed, the student may still apply for financial aid and the award offer will be subject to available funds.
Learn more about the FAFSA.
What scholarships do you offer?
Check here for a list of scholarships that UH West Oʻahu facilitates.

General Inquiries FAQs

Where is UH West Oʻahu located?
The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu is located in the City of Kapolei on the island of O‘ahu approximately 30 minutes west of the Honolulu International Airport. The address is: 91-1001 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, HI 96707.
What are the directions to campus?
Westbound: Take Exit 3 (Kapolei/ʻEwa). Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp on to Kualakaʻi Parkway. Get in the right lane and proceed to the third traffic light, which is the intersection of Kualakaʻi Parkway and Farrington Highway. Take a right. The UH West O‘ahu campus entrance will be on your left. Eastbound: Take Exit 3. Stay to your right as you come down the exit ramp and turn right onto Kualakaʻi Parkway. Stay in the right lane and right at the second traffic light (the intersection of Kualakaʻi Parkway and Farrington Highway). The UH West O‘ahu campus entrance will be on your left.
Where do I park?
From Farrington Highway, proceed down a two-lane entrance road, passing Hawaiʻi Tokai International College on the right. Stay to your right from the turnaround. The parking lot will be on your right. Park in the lot on the left, which is for students and visitors.
How much does parking cost?
There is no charge for parking at this time. Visitors and students are allowed to park in designated parking areas on a space-available basis.
Is there bus service to the UH West Oʻahu campus?
TheBus serves the campus with its Route 40, which stops at UH West Oʻahu as it travels between Ala Moana Center and Mākaha Tower. TheBus also operates an express bus service mornings and evenings which serves UH West Oʻahu and includes stops at the Wahiawā, Mililani, and Waipahu transit centers.
Does UH West Oʻahu offer a shuttle for students?
UH West Oʻahu operates the free Pueo Express shuttle service, which travels to Leeward Community College and the Kapolei and Waipahu TheBus transit centers. 
Is UH West Oʻahu accredited?
UH West Oʻahu is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. After the last WASC Educational Effectiveness Review, UH West Oʻahu was accredited through 2022. Accreditation assures institutions have met high standards of quality and effectiveness.
Is student employment available on campus?
Yes. The campus features two types of employment opportunities: Federal Work-Study Programs available to students who qualify for financial aid as determined through a FAFSA application. On-campus employment is available to students enrolled with at least six credits and in good academic standing. Visit SECE for more information.
I have a disability. Do you have services to accommodate me?
UH West O‘ahu is committed to making its programs and services fully and equally accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504), and all related University of Hawai‘i policies and state laws.  By providing full access to qualified students with disabilities, UH West O‘ahu demonstrates its belief that the community will benefit from the skills and talents of these individuals. Please contact the Center for Student Access to learn about services or ensure timeliness of services. Email the ADA/504 Coordinator for the Center for Student Access, Tom Hirsbrunner, at hirsbrun@hawaii.edu or call (808) 689-2935.
I am a veteran. Is UH West Oʻahu a Yellow Ribbon School?
Yes. The university is an approved educational institution for education and training under the Veteran’s Educational Assistance Act (GI Bill) and the Dependents’ Act. For more information, see UH West Oʻahu's Veteran's Services page
What is a Code Blue Emergency Phone?
One method for contacting Campus Security is through the Code Blue Emergency Phones. These are emergency phones that provide twoway communications between you and Campus Security with the push of a button. To activate the Code Blue Emergency Phone:
  1. Press the red button labeled “PUSH FOR HELP,” located on the face plate.
  2. You will hear a dial tone followed by a ring tone.
  3. A campus security officer will answer, “Campus Security.”
  4. You will hear a digital voice announcing the location of the Code Blue Emergency Phone, for example, “ECB11.”
  5. Speak into the speaker. Please note that our two-way communication is limited so that only one person can speak at a time, similar to a walkie-talkie.
If you are unable to speak, Campus Security can still respond to the location because the Emergency Code Blue Phone identifies its location to the Campus Security Officer and the blue strobe light is activated. You can view the locations of the Emergency Phones on the campus map. From Your Phone
  • Campus Security can be reached by calling (808)689-2911 24/7/365.
  • The Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services emergency dispatch can be reached by calling 911.

Registration FAQs

How do I get my transcripts?
There are two options to order an official transcript of course work completed at UH West O‘ahu:
  • Ordering a transcript through the Office of the Registrar by submitting the Transcript Request Form (PDF). Payment must be remitted at the time the transcript request is made.
  • Online via the National Student Clearinghouse. Note there is a $2.25 processing fee, in addition to the cost of the transcript. Orders sent to the same recipient are charged a single processing fee. Orders sent to multiple recipients are charged a processing fee for each separate recipient.
For additional information, go to the transcripts page.
What is MyUH?
All registration activities are conducted online through MyUH. MyUH provides students with secure, personalized access to various academic services within the UH community such as:
  • Registration
  • Class schedule for all campuses in the UH system
  • Financial aid status
  • Making tuition payments
  • Access to online classes
  • Tracking academic progress via the STAR Degree Check
  • Viewing grades
  • Access to UH email account
  • Updating mailing address and phone numbers
To access the services in MyUH, a student must have a UH username. Students who are/were enrolled at one of the UH campuses may already have a UH username if they have an active UH email account (i.e., UHusername@hawaii.edu). Students who do not have a UH username should sign up for an account after they are formally accepted to the University. Students who are unfamiliar with MyUH may visit their website for tutorial information.
What is Star Degree Check?
Students are ultimately responsible for ensuring they are on the right path in fulfilling their graduation requirements. To facilitate this process, students may use the STAR Degree Check, which allows students to monitor their general education, focus, major, concentration, credit, and grade point average requirements. STAR also provides advising information on courses that can be utilized to fulfill a requirement and advising comments from academic advisors and faculty advisors. The STAR Degree Check can be accessed through MyUH. Students thinking of switching majors or are pursuing more than two programs may use the “What If” function to see what requirements are needed for these programs. Students may also use STAR to view and print customized reports of courses taken within the UH system as well as create an academic plan. Please note that STAR is an advising tool that allows students to manage their academic course work, but should not be considered a substitute for meeting with academic advisors and faculty advisors.
What is Pacific Island Jurisdiction (PIJ)?
Pacific Island Jurisdiction (PIJ) includes American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Futuna, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis. In accordance with BOR Policy, Chapter 6, Section 6-8c.
What is Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
Through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), students in western states may enroll at UH West O'ahu at a reduced tuition of 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than non-resident tuition. Reduced WUE tuition is currently available for freshman and transfer students. UH West O'ahu reserves the right to limit WUE awards each academic year based on enrollment projections.

Veterans Affairs FAQs

I am a veteran. Is UH West Oʻahu a Yellow Ribbon School?
Yes. The university is an approved educational institution for education and training under the Veteran’s Educational Assistance Act (GI Bill) and the Dependents’ Act. For more information, see UH West Oʻahu's Veteran's Services page
Who is eligible to receive VA benefits?
Information regarding eligibility, entitlement and types of training authorized may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or contacting the Veterans Education Call Center toll-free at: 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
How do I apply for VA benefits?
Submit an online application for VA benefits. To determine which benefit you qualify for, please contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 or visit their website.
What if I decide to change my major?
Students who decide to change their major should meet with a Student Services academic advisor and complete and submit a Change of Major/Program Form. Be sure to indicate that you are receiving VA educational benefits.
What if I would like to take a class at more than one institution?
Students who are interested in taking a course at another UH campus or institution while still enrolled at UH West O‘ahu must submit the Veteran Student Concurrent Enrollment Form.
What if my class does not run the entire length of the semester?
Students are certified for the exact start and end dates of their enrolled classes. For example, if a student enrolls in an accelerated class that is only for part of the semester, the certification will reflect the dates of the class and not the semester dates. VA payments will be prorated according to the enrollment and respective dates of those classes.
What if I am a veteran student preparing to transfer to another 4-year campus?
UH West O‘ahu can only certify classes that pertain to a VA approved degree or certificate at our campus; we cannot certify courses for a degree program at another post-secondary institution.
If I still have questions, who do I contact?
Information regarding eligibility, entitlement and types of training authorized may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or by contacting the Veterans Education Call Center toll-free at: 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). The Education Call Center is located in Muskogee, OK, and Education Case Managers accept calls from 7:00AM – 7:00PM central time, Monday – Friday. The system’s automated functions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides information about education benefits, how to apply for education benefits, status of claims, and individual student payment issues. You may also contact the UH West Oʻahu Office of the Registrar: (808) 689-2900 or 1-866-299-8656 (toll-free).
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