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About UHWO

Since 1976, the University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu has served the people of Hawai‘i and remains a dynamic and diverse place of learning and cultural enrichment. Formerly West O‘ahu College, the university has evolved from a two-year baccalaureate institution to a four-year comprehensive University with academic programs that emphasize the exploration of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies. Founded in the liberal arts, UH West O‘ahu is committed to quality teaching and an environment that fosters life-long learning.

UH West O'ahu is located in the City of Kapolei on the island of O'ahu. The average enrollment is about 2,700 students via on-campus and distance learning. The University offers six bachelor's degree programs in 32 areas of study as well as seven certificate programs. Nearly 14% of enrolled students live on the neighbor islands. The average age of students is 27 of which 41% report their ethnicity as Asian, 14% Caucasian, 28% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 14% mixed, 3% other.


The University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu offers a distinct, student-centered baccalaureate education that integrates the liberal arts with professional and applied fields. We develop life-long learners enriched and informed by career competencies and educational opportunities that address state, regional, and international needs. As a diverse and inclusive indigenous-serving institution, UH West Oʻahu embraces Native Hawaiian culture and traditions while simultaneously providing an environment where students of all ethnic backgrounds are valued, respected, and supported. Our campus fosters excellence in teaching and learning and serves the community of Hawaiʻi by providing an accessible and affordable college experience.


The University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu is a premier, comprehensive, indigenous-serving institution dedicated to educating students to be engaged global citizens and leaders in society. UH West Oʻahu envisions a supportive and dynamic learning environment where all students, faculty, and staff embody Native Hawaiian values and perpetuate Native Hawaiian culture and in which the inclusion of all individuals is reflected in the institution's culture, practices, and relationships.