Christian Colleges in Hawaii

Jul 08, 2020

Hawaii is made up of eight islands. In this article, we'll look at three colleges that are Christian based. All of these colleges are located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Each of the colleges are distinctive in their own way, one college is native to the state, while one is a campus branch and the other is its own school under the title of another mainland one.

School Comparison

The following three colleges offer education with Christian foundations in Hawaii. All three fall below $23,000 for a year of tuition, all with varying degrees of affordability.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location In-State Tuition (2019-2020)*
Wayland Baptist University (Hawaii Campus) 4-year, private not-for-profit Southern Baptist Mililani, HI $22,658
Brigham Young University-Hawaii 4-year, private not-for-profit Latter-day Saints Laie, HI $5,720
Pacific Rim Christian University 4-year, private not-for-profit Other Protestant Honolulu, HI $11,300

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Hawaiian Christian Colleges Overview

With bachelor's, master's, and online degrees, these three colleges are a good fit for those searching for a Christian college in Hawaii. Of the three colleges, Pacific Rim Christian University is the only one native to Hawaii.

Wayland Baptist University

With its main campus located in Plainview, TX, Wayland Baptist University has a campus location in Mililani, HI. This is just one of the 12 campuses outside of Plainview. This campus opened in 1979, and it offers 18 different undergraduate majors and specializations. Should you want to pursue a program off-campus, there are 15 online graduate degrees. Some of the on-campus offerings are banking & finance, cyber security, Christian ministry, early childhood development, and justice administration. With close proximity to military bases, this campus works to help members of the military and their families receive a college education. Class times are varied for flexibility, and the school accepts transfer credits and military training for credits. Also, tuition rates are lowered for active duty military - $250 per semester, opposed to $307 (on campus)/$414 (online) for non-military students.

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Brigham Young University-Hawaii is run by the Church of the Latter-day Saints. The main campus is located in Utah, however this branch of the college is treated as a separate college entirely. There are 22 programs offered, and along with core requirement courses, students must complete 120 total credits that fulfill a major program and two minors in order to receive their bachelor's degree. Of the 3,176 enrolled students in 2018, 90% of them are full-time. As a school run by the Church of Latter-day Saints, BYU-Hawaii has an honor code for how students should act, live on campus, dress, and take part in the church's practices. There are several congregations on campus, and roughly 100-150 students attend each congregation.

Pacific Rim Christian University

At Pacific Rim Christian University, the student to teacher ratio is 13:1. This is a smaller school, with just 126 undergraduate students. This is a faith-focused college, with associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees all concentrating on theology, the Bible and ministry. For those who want to have a more creative program, the Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Creative Arts offers courses in writing, the art of worship, creative arts leadership, the Bible & pop culture, and acting. The Pacific Rim (PacRim) community wants to foster your relationship with Christ and attempts to incorporate faith in every part of the college. Every Thursday, there is a student-led worship service, and college activities help to grow relationships along with their faith in the Lord.

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