University of Hawaii - West Oahu

Pearl City, HI

Brief Description

As one of the ten branches of the University of Hawaii System, the University of Hawaii at West Oahu is the only public four-year institution located in the West Oahu area. Standing proudly on a newly built main campus on Farrington Highway, UH West Oahu is situated on a 76-acre urban campus just over five miles to the southwest of East Kapolei. Boasting the sixth lowest university tuition in the nation, UHWO is home to a diverse population of more than 2,000 students who reflect the cultural heritage unique to the Hawaiian Islands.

Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the University of Hawaii at West Oahu is a comprehensive four-year institution with an emphasis on baccalaureate education founded in the liberal arts. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Humanities, Business Administration, Public Administration, or Social Sciences as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Networking Technology, Culinary Management, or Respiratory Care. A Bachelor of Education (BEd) is also offered in Elementary Education (K-6) for licensure in the state of Hawaii.

In addition to on-campus courses in the state-of-the-art facilities, UH West Oahu is also at the forefront of distance learning programs with approximately 20 percent of the student body earning their degree fully online. After all, nearly 14 percent of the currently enrolled students reside on the neighboring islands. As a result of the convenient online learning format and the low tuition fees, the University of Hawaii at West Oahu has been included within the top 15 percent of military-friendly schools in the nation with a large number of America's veterans.

Since participating in on-campus activities outside the classroom is an integral part of the total collegiate learning experience, UH West Oahu has more than 25 student organizations to choose from, ranging from the Creative Media Club and Psychology Club to the Student Veterans of America and Golden Key International Honor Society. With a nationally recognized service learning program, all students are also encouraged to participate in community service learning projects in neighboring communities. Affectionately nicknamed the Pueo after the Hawaiian Short-Eared Owl, the university is currently seeking an NCAA Division II athletic program within the Pacific West Conference to offer collegiate-level varsity teams.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 665

Total institution enrollment: 665

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Baccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts: These institutions are primarily undergraduate colleges with major emphasis on baccalaureate programs. They award at least half of their baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts fields.

Campus Location

Main Address

University of Hawaii - West Oahu
96-129 Ala Ike
Pearl City, HI 96782


(808) 454-4700


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 32%

Female undergraduate population: 68%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, Bachelor's

Accounting And Finance
Business Administration And Management
Criminal Justice General
Economics General
English Language And Literature General
Ethnic And Cultural Studies Other
History General
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Political Science And Government General
Psychology General
Public Administration