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University of Hawaii–West Oahu


University of Hawaii–West Oahu

University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu
Seal of UH West Oahu
Seal of the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu
Established 1976
Type Public, co-ed state university
Chancellor Rockne Freitas[1]
President David Lassner[2]
Academic staff
Students 2,344 (Spring 2015)[4]
Location Kapolei, Hawaiʻi, USA
Colors Red      and Black     
Affiliations WASC
UH System
Nameplate of the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu
Aerial view of the East Kapolei campus in 2013
Campus in 2015

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu (UHWO), is a public university and one of ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system. It offers baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts and professional studies.

It opened in January 1976, and since 1981 has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[5] Until 2007 the school offered only third- and fourth-year courses, and became a four-year university in that year.[6]

A new campus opened in August 2012 for the 2012–2013 school year. The school was formerly near Leeward Community College, and moved just over 5 miles (8.0 km) to the west-southwest, to East Kapolei.[7]


  • Academics 1
  • Campus overview 2
  • Recognitions & awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered in accounting, anthropology, emergency management, early childhood education, economics, English, business administration, public administration, Hawaiian-Pacific studies, health administration, history, justice administration, marketing, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The university also offers a bachelor of education in primary education and bachelor of applied science degrees in respiratory care, computer networking technology and culinary management.[8]

Certificate programs are offered in forensic anthropology, disaster preparedness & emergency management, health administration and substance abuse & addictions studies.

The university offers baccalaureate degrees through distance learning programs in collaboration with University and Education Centers located on every Hawaiian island.

Campus overview

The student to faculty ratio is 11:1.[9]

The tuition is among the lowest university tuition in the nation.[10] The campus houses 1140 undergraduate students, consisting of 72.2% of women and 27.8% of men.[9]

Recognitions & awards

The University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu was included on the 2010 List of Military Friendly Schools.[11]

In 2009 the school was awarded a federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to create a recovery center and service learning programs in the Leeward community of Waiʻanae.[12]

In the same year UHWO faculty received a grant from the National Park Service to conduct research on the World War II-era Honouliuli internment site in west Oʻahu.[13]


  1. ^ ahu Chancellor's Office webpageʻUH West O/
  2. ^ iʻOffice of the President - University of Hawai
  3. ^ UH West Oahu Staff Directory
  4. ^ Institutional Research & Analysis Office
  5. ^ ahu: Accreditationʻi - West OʻUniversity of Hawai
  6. ^ West Coverstory - April 4, 2007
  7. ^ The New Campus - UH West Oahu
  8. ^ [7], UH West O'ʻahu website: "Majors", retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  9. ^ a b [8], University of Hawaii Systems Website, West Oahu Campus, retrieved November 15, 2009
  10. ^ [9], City-Town Info website,
  11. ^ [10], 2010 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  12. ^ [11], KGMB 9 News Hawaiʻi, retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  13. ^ [12], University of Hawaiʻi System website, retrieved on October 21, 2009.

External links

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  • University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu
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