UH West O‘ahu, the most recent addition to the UH system, opened its doors in January 1976 as West O‘ahu College. The name of the institution was changed to the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu by the Board of Regents in 1989.
UH West O‘ahu is a four-year, comprehensive university with an emphasis on baccalaureate education founded in the liberal arts, serving 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. UH West O‘ahu is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.
UH West O‘ahu provides an environment for students and faculty to embark on a journey of discovery that improves the quality of life for our citizens. UH West O‘ahu has moved into a new phase of growth with the transition to a full four-year university in 2007. The expanded capacity allows UH West O‘ahu to serve both regional and statewide educational needs. The programs of the University are designed to be responsive to the needs of our students. UH West O‘ahu faculty are engaged in three basic types of activities: teaching, research, and service. Our staff and faculty are dedicated to the needs of students in the pursuit of their educational and professional goals through a curriculum emphasizing the humanities, social sciences and selected professional programs. The University’s curriculum offerings are founded on the principle that career training, the humanities, and social sciences are complementary.