Local Atmosphere

Laie, HI
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Branch Campus Of
Brigham Young University
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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: We have the number one tourist attraction in Hawaii. It is the Polynesian Cultural Center. Many student work there but people come from all over the world.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great atmosphere with the PCC close by and incredible beaches. Far from town, though.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: BYU Hawaii is wonderful and it is located in a little city called Laie. Located on the North Shore of Oahu there is plenty to do outside of the library including hiking, surfing, tanning, eating, or bike riding. There is never a dull moment. I have loved living in Laie. The local attitude toward the students varies but the school brings alot of jobs into the community which leave a good reputation.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It is a great little town, but I have learned I do not like little towns. The city is too small for me to live in the rest of my life. Everyone knows everyone and all their business.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Laie is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited, and it is truly an honor to have the privilege of attending school and living here. Since coming to BYUH, I've learned that the people of Hawaii are not carefree like they are rumored to be. They care more than anyone else, and it's always about something that matters. Back in Arizona people prioritize their stress, but here people prioritize happiness, progress, and, above all, each other. The Aloha spirit is remarkable. Not only is the attitude here wonderful, but one can pack a lifetime of experiences into a single week. Since coming here, I've surfed beside sea turtles, skydived, helped put on a half-marathon, volunteered at the Honolulu zoo, attended festivities for nearly every world culture, and more. There is no place like Laie, which I will now always consider a home of mine in my heart.

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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 55% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 36% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 22 responses

  • 59% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 18% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 23% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% No way.
  • 68% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 27% Totally.



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