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About UHWO

In 2016, the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu celebrates 40 years of providing quality higher education to the people of Hawaiʻi. Since its establishment in 1976, UH West O‘ahu has offered a baccalaureate education for students in the fastest growing region on Oʻahu through a curriculum that emphasizes professional, applied science, humanities, and social science programs.

The only public university located on the west side of Oʻahu, UH West Oʻahu has evolved from its origins as an upper-division campus formerly known as West Oʻahu College, to a four-year student-centered, indigenous-serving institution offering six bachelor's degree programs in 32 areas of study and seven certificate programs.

Following nearly four decades in temporary facilities, UH West Oʻahu moved to its permanent location in the city of Kapolei in 2012. The state-of-the art, sustainability-oriented campus is the choice of the nearly 2,700 students who call the University home. UH West Oʻahu is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers in-person and distance learning courses. The average class size is 24 students and the University boasts a 24 to 1 student to faculty ratio.

About 67% of students live in the Leeward district of Oʻahu. The average age of students is 26.7 years, of which 39% report their ethnicity as Asian, 12% Caucasian, 27% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 15% mixed race. See other UHWO statistics here.


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.