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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 2,400 students via on-campus and distance learning. The University offers six bachelor's degree programs in more than 25 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.

MISSION STATEMENT

UH West O‘ahu is a four-year, comprehensive university with an emphasis on baccalaureate education founded in the liberal arts, service professional, career-related, and applied fields, based on State and regional needs. UH West O‘ahu is committed to providing access to residents throughout the State of Hawai‘i through its partnerships with the University of Hawai'i community colleges and its delivery of distance education programs.