Brigham Young University-Hawaii plays a unique role and mission in furthering the education of people in the Pacific Basin, which includes Hawaii, Asian Rim countries and South Pacific islands and nations.
"We have a specific role to play in educating the people in these target areas, and preparing a group of students who I believe will be called upon to assist in opening doors in countries not now opened, and taking forth the gospel message," said BYU-Hawaii Pres. Alton L. Wade.BYU-Hawaii opened its doors in 1955 as the Church College of Hawaii, a two-year institution. In 1959, however, it expanded to a four-year school. The college became a satellite branch of BYU in 1974 and was renamed BYU-Hawaii.
Although BYU-Hawaii shares its name with the Church's largest university in Provo, Utah, it is not the mission of the Hawaii campus to be a mini-BYU, either academically or financially, Pres. Wade said.
The role of BYU-Hawaii is to provide a higher education opportunity for qualified LDS students primarily from the Pacific Basin, students who have the ability to take advantage of and be successful in a rigorous higher
education environment, he added.
Located in Laie, Hawaii, the 63-acre tropical campus is home to 2,000 students from 52 countries. The university has set a specific quota for admissions from each area. Thirty percent come from Hawaii, 20 percent from Asian Rim countries, 20 percent from the South Pacific and 30 percent from mainland U.S. and other countries.
The small university - a four-year liberal arts university - provides a rich multicultural setting with its international student body.
Like BYU and Ricks, BYU-Hawaii, with 2,000 students, has reached its enrollment ceiling. "Considering the world-wide growth of the Church, which includes our specific target areas, the demand for admission to Church institutions of higher education has escalated," he said.
Fall semester this year 1,185 students were turned away compared to 1,165 in 1989 and 600 in 1988. Admission is based on scholastic performance, commitment to living the honor code, observing dress standards, and a commitment to living the principles of the gospel.
"Our purpose is to prepare students for eternal life. Therefore, their commitment to gospel principles is the first priority," Pres. Wade said. "That is not to say that academic excellence is not important. Students must also qualify academically."
Taking advantage of Church educational programs such as seminary and institute and participating fully in Church meetings and programs helps students prepare for entrance to BYU-Hawaii, he said.
"Students should make the most of their high school education," Pres. Wade explained. "Self-discipline is the key to success both spiritually and intellectually. Developing good study habits, a love for reading and a desire to learn are essential for success in college."
Students interested in attending BYU-Hawaii spring or fall 1991 should submit their applications before Feb. 1, 1991, or April 1, 1991, respectively. The deadline for winter 1992 is Sept. 1, 1991.
The university is known for a variety of programs including social work, education, information systems and computer science, accounting, teaching English as a second language, the English Language Institute, business, and hotel, restaurant and travel management.
Pres. Wade said the school has - and will continue - multiple admissions standards based upon the educational opportunities in various countries in the Pacific Basin.
"By the very nature of the capped enrollment, pre-academic admissions requirements will gradually increase with time," he added. "Spiritual preparation and adherence to the Code of Honor and personal commitment to the Church will continue to have more consideration in admissions."
As for the future, "We see BYU-Hawaii gaining more stature as a first-class liberal arts institution on the forefront of research, Polynesian studies, and other areas of education," he said.
"We see a decade of emphasis on quality programs in all areas: academics, spiritual growth, social and cultural. The quality and educational background of our faculty and staff will continue to improve.
"We see our graduates taking more and more significant positions of responsibility in Church, business and civic activities in their home countries. By serving our target areas well, we will also become more of an influence for good in these areas, and throughout the world."
Colleges provide balanced training
With the growing concerns LDS parents and their college-age sons and daughters have about achieving a well-rounded education - one that combines secular and spiritual truths - it's not uncommon for members to look at Church-owned colleges and universities for the answer.
A fast-growing Church membership, however, has made it more difficult for most Church institutions to continue providing for the needs of all LDS college-bound students.
Limitations in facilities and staff have made it necessary to establish enrollment ceilings to better serve the students with the resources available.
And because of enrollment ceilings, these institutions continue to look for creative and productive ways of sharing their unique educational experience with as many Church members as possible.
Not all college-bound LDS students wish to attend Church schools and many take advantage of the institute program instead. But for those who do, it helps to know beforehand what it takes to get in. And now is not too early to begin the admissions process for the 1991-1992 school year.
While all Church schools have honor codes and certain standards that must be adhered to, admission policies vary among the institutions. Details not found in the accompanying articles may be obtained from each institution.
Students' 'sacred trust;
Excerpts from remarks made by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency at an Oct. 15 BYU Devotional.
"I remind you that it a precious experience to walk through the beauty of these grounds, and to live a very important part of your lives in the excellent facilities that have been provided you.
"I compliment you, each of you, on the great privilege and blessing you have in being here. As the Church continues to grow, there will be an ever-increasingly smaller percentage of its young people who will have the opportunity of attending this university.
"I submit, therefore, that there has been placed in each of you, as a privileged beneficiary, a great and sacred trust. You and we have entered in to a covenant. Those of us who are responsible for the expenditure of the tithing funds of the Church have said to you, 'We are trustees of the funds of the Lord. We are willing to make some of these funds available to you for your blessing provided you in return pledge certain efforts in your studies and meet certain requirements in your deportment.' We will feel happy if you meet that trust. We will feel disappointed and embarrased if you do otherwise."