Acceptance Criteria

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Summer Term Advantage

While there is no admission advantage to applying and attending summer term, students who do will have first consideration for fall on-campus housing accommodations and fall class registration.

Comprehensive Admission Review (What we look at...)

Every applicant undergoes the following review process:

  1. The first consideration in the review process is the ecclesiastical endorsement. Each applicant must complete the ecclesiastical endorsement as a part of the application to BYU. This includes agreeing to live in harmony with the Honor Code and the Dress and Grooming Standards ( 
  2. Each student’s academic record is then considered as the foundation and central focus of admission decisions; however, BYU is looking for students who are accomplished in a variety of areas—not just academics. Thus, a certain GPA or ACT score alone does not guarantee admission. The admission committee will pay particular attention to applicants’ writing ability as demonstrated by the essay portion of the admission application. Also, transfer students with more than 90 graded semester credit hours are unlikely to be admitted.
  3. Each application is then reviewed and evaluated according to the following elements: seminary attendance, service, leadership, personal essays, individual talents, creativity, AP/IB courses taken, unique or special circumstances, and other factors showing a student’s ability to strengthen the BYU community.

    Note: Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree will not be eligible for a second bachelor's degree, but are welcome to apply for BYU graduate programs (visit

College Prep Recommendations*

  • Live the standards of the LDS Church
  • Attend and graduate from LDS seminary
  • Enroll in quality coursework (recommendations)
    • Four years of mathematics
    • Four years of English
    • Two to three years of laboratory science
    • Two years of history or government
    • Two or more years of foreign language
  • Take ACT/SAT in junior year and again the fall of senior year (recommended)
  • Get involved with extracurricular activities
  • Keep in mind the cost—save money!

    *Please note: BYU recommends that students take these kinds of quality courses, but these are recommendations and not requirements. You should speak with a high school counselor as you plan your high school experience.