Transfer Evaluation Guidelines and Matrix

Transfer applicants are those who have completed 24 or more college credits from an institution other than BYU–Hawaii after graduating high school. This includes domestic as well as international students. BYU–Hawaii does not normally admit transfer applicants with over 90 credits, however, we will review all applications that are submitted.

Please be aware that updated transcripts from ALL PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED COLLEGES must be sent with your application. Not listing all institutions, both U.S. and international, that you have attended/are attending may result in a loss of credit and dismissal. It is your responsibility to make sure an official transcript from each institution, including LDS Institute, is submitted two weeks before the application deadline. 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. 


Requirements for General Education for Students transferring with an Associate's Degree

Associate’s degrees (AAS, AGS, AS, AA, ALS) from accredited colleges and Universities will be accepted to complete one or more Holokai minors or other Holokai requirements, determined on a case by case basis by the academic advising office.

* Accepted associate’s degrees: AAS: Associates of Art and Science, AGS: Associates of General Studies, AS: Associates of Science, AA: Associates of Art, ALS: Associates of Liberal Studies


What courses will be accepted as transfer credits?

Transfer credit will be determined on a course by course equivalency basis. Transfer courses with a C- grade or better will be accepted by BYU–Hawaii as 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.

When courses are evaluated as transferable, credit will be given for the credit listed on the transcript and may not be the same number of credits the equivalent BYUH class is worth.

For example, a 4 credit transferable course that is equivalent to a 3 credit BYUH course may be evaluated as 3 credits + 1 general elective credit equaling 4 total credits for that course, unless otherwise specified.  Conversely, a 3 credit transferable course that is equivalent to a 4 credit BYUH course will be evaluated as 3 credits only.


Where do I send my transcript?

Transcripts can be sent through the mail, email, or online courier service. Please see the following requirements for each form of mail:

All transcripts sent through the mail must be official and sealed and can be sent to:

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


International Applicants may send a copy of their transcripts via email if it has been properly sighted by their bishops.

To sight a transcript please do the following:

1. Official transcripts need to be taken to the appropriate leader. The leader needs to include the following:

a. Leader's Printed Name, Title (Branch President, Bishop, etc.) and the date

b. The following words "Official transcript has been sighted"

2. The leader then signs the transcript underneath the above information

3. The student can then email the transcript to our office at

*NOTE: "All transcripts must be received two weeks before the deadline for the semester you are applying. All documents received within the two weeks before the deadline will be considered late and may not be processed before the deadline, resulting in an incomplete application. If you are sending your transcripts through the mail, please send them far enough in advance as to arrive two weeks before the deadline.


Advanced Placement (AP) Credits?

See AP Credit Matrix for more details.


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.


Transfer Evaluation Matrix: Courses that have already been approved as equivalents to BYUH courses. (see below)



* Please note that the matrix is subject to update and may change at any time. For questions please call the Admissions office at (808) 675-3738.

** If you are admitted before completing classes at another institution, please send an updated transcript for evaluation upon completion of those classes.