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Let’s say you have decided that you’re going to spend four years at Brigham Young University in Hawaii. If you look around you as you get ready to take your belongings to your dorm room, you’ll see a beautiful campus filled with green space. You won’t be far from the Pacific Ocean as Lai’e is close to the coast. If you love to spend time on the beach or in the water, you’re going to school in just the right place.

Overview of Brigham Young University - Hawaii

While the campus looks small, it has plenty of green space on the rugby field and in between the campus buildings. It’s easy to figure out what is campus and what isn’t, especially since an easy boundary in the form of an oval street surrounds the physical campus; this is Academic Oval.

BYU-Hawaii sits on the fringes of the small town of Lai’e. It’s a private, not-for-profit school affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The student population is not very large, with just under 3,100 students enrolled most years. The student-to-faculty ratio is 16 to 1 and the entire student body is composed of undergraduate students.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Fringe
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 65%
Year Founded 1955

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,096


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,176
Female 1,920

Graduate Student

Male 0
Female 0

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Male 354
Female 619


Male 343
Female 600

Acceptance Rate97%

Male 97%
Female 97%

Enrollment 519

Male 145
Female 374
Application Fee $35
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

It may be surprisingly inexpensive to pay for school at BYU-Hawaii. The expected total price, as of a very recent school year was $19,776. This amount should cover tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other costs.

Still, you and your family likely won’t have to pay the full amount if you are approved to receive financial aid. Instead, some of this cost will be offset by the aid for which you are eligible. What is left after financial aid is applied is called the average net price. In that same year, this was $12,679 on average. If your family makes significantly more or less, that remaining cost may increase or decrease because that will affect how much financial aid you can receive. In recent years, families who earned up to $30,000 paid around $9,863; if they earned between $75,001 and $100,000 they paid closer to $17,091.

As for financial aid, 81% of beginning students qualified for this assistance and 77% received grants or scholarships averaging $6,209. Slightly fewer (68%) received about $4,195 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $12,679
Average Total Aid $6,209
Students Receiving Financial Aid 81%
Room & Board $6,708

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $5,720
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $5,720
  • Books and Supplies - $1,300
  • Room & Board - $6,708
  • Other - $6,048


As a freshman in a school that’s new to you, it wouldn’t be surprising for you to feel overwhelmed. It may take you some time before you decide whether you’re going to stay at BYU or go to a different school. If and when you do decide to return for your second year, you’ll become part of the 61% retention rate. This percentage measures the freshman students who return for their second year of school and shows that the majority of students do.

The 4-year graduation rate is 31% and the 6-year rate is 51%. Bother of these are lower than the average. Students may have a variety of reasons for staying on at school longer than the expected four years.

The most popular degree programs offered here are business management and marketing, education, multi/interdisciplinary studies, visual and performing arts, and biological and biomedical sciences.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,096

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 164 Total Graduates / 27%
Accounting 43 Graduates
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 36 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 25 Graduates
Finance, General 21 Graduates
All Education Majors 74 Total Graduates / 12%
Elementary Education and Teaching 38 Graduates
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 20 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 5 Graduates
Social Science Teacher Education 4 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 64 Total Graduates / 11%
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies 23 Graduates
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 21 Graduates
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis 20 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 44 Total Graduates / 7%
Graphic Design 28 Graduates
Painting 7 Graduates
Voice and Opera 5 Graduates
Music, General 4 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 44 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 14 Graduates
Biomedical Sciences, General 12 Graduates
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 9 Graduates
Biochemistry 5 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 35%

Outcome & Salary

Once you walk your way across the stage at graduation, you should be ready to start a new job with a pretty decent salary. BYU-Hawaii graduates have an average early career salary or $65,900 and a mid-career salary averaging closer to $105,600. Their average salary overall sits at about $63,190.

With these numbers in mind, your 10-year salary earnings potential is $631,900 and your 20-year earnings potential rises sharply to $1,687,900. Now, if you subtract your 4-year cost of education, averaging $50,716, from your salary earnings potential, this puts your 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) at $581,184. Your 20-year projected ROI is $1,637,184.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $54,900
College Grads Average Salary $63,190
College Grads Mid Career Salary $105,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $631,900
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,687,900
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $50,716
10 Year Projected ROI $581,184
20 Year Projected ROI $1,637,184
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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