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Transfer Students

It is essential that you have all your college transcripts sent to BYU–Hawaii. Please make sure our Admissions office has an updated transcript from your former institution/s ( see the bottom of this page for the mailing address). Students may be asked to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi for courses in which substitutions are requested. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor once they arrive on campus. The academic advisor will submit substitutions requests to the appropriate department.

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    What general education courses should I register for?

    Holokai Requirements for students transferring with an associate’s degree


    Students who transfer with an Associate degree from an accredited college or university, not including Associate of Applied Science, will be required to complete: A major, the four CORE Religion courses and residency Religion requirements, Advanced Writing - English 315.

    Students with an Associate of Applied Science and all other transfer students must complete the full Holokai program.


    Students should see an advisor for any possible transfer equivalencies, substitutions or waivers. Learn more about the Holokai program.

    The time allotment for transfer students will be prorated based on the principle of a four-year total, following an evaluation of credits accepted.


    For a general sense of the semesters you will have in-residence please see the Allotment of Time in Residence page. You can see BYU–Hawaii's General Education requirements here. You can plan to register for classes that you clearly know that you have not taken.
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    What major classes should I take?
    You can plan your first semester's classes by looking at sample Major Academic Plans (MAPs) that have been made for both the new Freshmen and the transfer students with an associate's degree. Depending on how many credits you will be transferring, you will be somewhere between those two.

    All students should have declared a major by the time they reach 30 credit hours and some majors will take very careful planning to fit into your allotment of semesters in residence. These typically include the sciences. If you are seriously considering majoring in biology or biochemistry then you will want to declare this major right away and take biology for science majors (BIOL 112) your first semester. If you only have six semesters in residence as a transfer student with an associate's degree, some majors may be too long for you to finish within the time you have in residence at BYU–Hawaii. For further assistance please speak with an academic advisor.
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    How can I decide what major and career are right for me?
    There are some helpful online tools and information available through BYU–Hawaii Career Services. Take some time to think through your future with Focus 2. Plan 1-2 hours to complete this online assessment that will help you see which majors and career paths might be a good fit for you.
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    What courses will be accepted as transfer credits?
    Application of transfer credit will be determined on a course by course equivalency basis. All transfer courses with a C- grade or better will be accepted by BYU–Hawaii as general education credit, major credit or elective credit. Credit for courses of a remedial nature (usually numbered 99 and below) will not be transferable. BYU–Hawaii does not transfer grade point averages (GPA) when transferring credits from other institutions.

    To see a list of courses from other universities that have already been made equivalent to BYU–Hawaii courses see the University's Transfer Evaluation Guide and Matrix.

    A person transferring to BYU–Hawaii with an associate degree from an accredited college or university, not including Associate of Applied Science, will be required to complete:

    A major
    The four CORE religion courses and residency religion requirements
    Advanced Writing - English 315

    Students with an Associate of Applied Science must complete the full Holokai program. Students should see an advisor for any possible transfer equivalencies.

    Students will be notified by their advisor about general education requirements remaining to be completed. The student's major department evaluates courses for the major requirements.
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    What information do I need to provide to my academic advisor?
    Please submit course descriptions to your academic advisor for courses in which you feel can substitute our GE and major/minor courses. In some cases, syllabi may be requested by a program for additional information. It is also the student's responsibility to make sure our Admissions office has an updated transcript.
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    Where do I send my transcript?
    Please send all official and sealed transcripts to:

    BYU–Hawaii Admissions
    BYU–Hawaii #1973
    55-220 Kulanui St.
    Laie, HI 96762

    and all official electronic transcripts to:

    admissions@byuh.edu
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    Advanced Placement (AP) credits?
    Students who completed Advanced Placement courses in high school and scored a composite grade of 3, 4, or 5 may receive up to eight semester hours of credit in each subject. Credits will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

    All scores should be sent to our Admissions office for evaluation.
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    If I already have a four-year degree, can I earn another one at BYU–Hawaii?
    In keeping with its mission to educate as many students as possible, BYU–Hawaii does not admit students for a second bachelor's degree.