Students who choose to study at the University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu have elected to attend a small university with an emphasis on the liberal arts and a professional studies curriculum. There are many benefits to attending such a university. There is generally more opportunity for interaction with peers and faculty than might be experienced at a larger campus. In addition, UH West O‘ahu programs place major emphasis on quality instruction and on individual student learning. The present academic program is limited to upper-division courses (junior and senior/300- and 400-level) and to those academic areas that do not require special facilities.
UH West O‘ahu assumes that a student seeking admission will have, or will be in the process of attaining, a strong background of academic work taken in lower-division courses. Although latitude will be provided in interpreting the adequacy of lower-division preparation, proficiency in fundamental competencies and a basic program of lower-division course work is expected. The University further assumes that students select the University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu because they desire a liberal arts or professional studies education. Major curriculum emphasis is on a generalist, interdisciplinary approach to education and career preparation rather than on specialist training.
The organization and philosophy of the University also assumes that students will want to take an active part in establishing their educational goals and in planning their educational programs. It is hoped that in attaining their goals, students will take full advantage of the more intimate setting to give full expression to their ideas and insights along with other members of this academic community.