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Admitted Students

Foreign Language Student Residence

The Foreign Language Student Residence (FLSR) is an ideal setting and experience for visiting students with interest in foreign language who may also be considering or returning from missionary service, especially in foreign countries. If you are interested in living in the FLSR, you can find additional information at the following link: http://www.byu.edu/oncampushousing/flsr.shtml

 
Admitted Students

Mission Deferments

Serving a full-time mission is an important decision in the life of any Latter-day Saint. We want to help you prepare to embark on your mission knowing that you can easily transition back to BYU when you return. To keep track of everything you need to do to defer for your mission, please visit the OneStop Missionary Checklist1.

Review the terms and conditions of the mission deferment listed below:

Deferment Conditions

BYU students who want to defer their enrollment while serving an LDS mission must complete the online missionary deferment.  To defer both enrollment and scholarships without having to reapply to the university, the following conditions should be met:

  • Be admitted to Brigham Young University as a degree-seeking student
  • Cannot be on academic suspension or dismissal
  • Return to BYU for the semester/term indicated on your deferment
  • Have a current ecclesiastical endorsement

Timing:

Timing is an essential part of the deferment process.  As you can imagine, with so many missionaries coming and going, we need to make sure that our enrollment is manageable.

  • We encourage students who are intending to serve LDS missions to apply to the University before serving a mission. In order to defer, a student must first be admitted to BYU. The deferment is for LDS missionary service only.
  • The deferment must be submitted after receiving a call, but prior to the end of the semester in which you are due to enroll. This applies to all students, both newly admitted and those that have continuing status.
  • Those admitted for spring and summer terms will have until the end of fall semester to submit their deferment.
  • If you plan to enroll for a semester or term prior to leaving on your mission, you must register for classes before submitting the deferment. Submitting a deferment blocks your eligibility to register for classes.
  • For continuing students, a leave of absence2 may be taken directly prior to your deferment.  A leave of absence may not be taken during the first semester to which a student is admitted. This includes the first semester you are returning from your mission.
  • You must enroll at BYU within a certain amount of time after you return from your mission. Consider the following chart as you determine what semester or term you indicate you will return following the completion of your mission. Remember that you must attend the semester or term to which you defer: 
Return From MissionEnroll No Later Than
October - AprilFall Semester
May - SeptemberWinter Semester
  • An ecclesiastical endorsement must be completed by your mission president before you will be able to register for classes.  You must initiate the endorsement online at endorsement.byu.edu. Think about initiating your endorsement 2-3 months prior to your registration date.
  • If you return from your mission earlier than originally anticipated please make an appointment to meet with an admissions counselor regarding your plans.  To make an appointment simply contact OneStop Services at 801-422-4104. Appointments can be either in person or over the phone. We will do our best to accommodate your return to school in a timely manner, but we must also consider our enrollment limitations.

Now that you have reviewed these conditions, you may access the online missionary enrollment and scholarship deferment3.  We wish you all the best as you prepare to serve. Please contact OneStop Services for answers to your deferment questions.

International Student Missionary Deferment

International Services, 1351 WSC, (801) 422-2695

All missionary deferment guidelines also pertain to international students; however, if you are an international student who plans to serve a mission, you should check with International Services regarding special concerns, regulations, or needed actions that are specific to various countries. 

Advisement

Prior to leaving you should determine which courses to register for when you return. You may want to meet with an advisor in your college advisement center for help in determining an appropriate schedule. 

Important Registration Information

You can contact Records and Registration at B-150 ASB, (801)-422-2631, or records@byu.edu. The class schedules4 and catalogs5 help you explore majors, courses, and important policy information. 

Giving Someone Else Access to Your Account While You Are Gone

BYU must follow federal privacy laws which prevent the release of information to unauthorized third parties (for example, unauthorized parents or guardians). You may authorize a third party to have access to your academic information for registration through guestaccess.byu.edu. The authorized third party will need to have their own Net ID and password in order for you to add them as a guest. For step-by-step instructions, parents can access the Parent of a Missionary Checklist6

It is very important for you to review registration instructions7 with your third party. Please choose someone you trust.

Registration Holds

There are several reasons why you may have a hold that prevents registration. If you have a hold, contact the appropriate office8 to resolve the issue.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

OneStop Student Services, D-155 ASB, (801) 422-4104

If you are a recipient of scholarships or federal financial aid, you should check with the Financial Aid Office regarding deferment or repayment. See Mission Deferments for Scholarships9.

BYU Student Health Plan

2310 SHC, (801) 422-2661 or (801) 422-4460 

If you are currently on the student health plan, you must notify the Health Plan Business Office before you leave BYU. You are not eligible for the health plan while you are on your mission. For more information on health plan requirements or obtaining a health plan when you return, please visit heath.byu.edu.

Ecclesiastical Endorsements

A-209 ASB, (801) 422-5000 

Before returning to BYU you will need to have a current ecclesiastical endorsement from your mission president. Sometime in the last few months of your mission you will need to initiate an endorsement request at endorsement.byu.edu and make an appointment with your mission president to have the endorsement interview. Once that is complete you should be able to register for classes on your designated registration date. 

International Missions

The government requires a TB test after a mission for anyone who serves a mission outside the United States. A student can set up an appointment to have the TB test by calling the Student Health Center at (801) 422-2771. A small fee is charged for the test. The county health department can also administer the test for a minimal fee. If the test is taken at the Utah County Health Department, you will need to fax appropriate documentation to BYU Medical Records at (801) 422-0761.

Although you will be allowed to register for the first semester following your mission, all subsequent registrations will be blocked until documentation of the TB test is received by BYU.

 
Admitted Students

Off-Campus Housing

Although new students - particularly new freshmen - can benefit from on-campus housing, BYU-s housing facilities cannot accommodate all students. However, BYU has contracted with nearby landlords and complexes to provide approved off-campus housing. 

Brigham Young University desires an environment for its single students living on and off campus that is conducive to their moral and spiritual growth as well as their academic performance. 

To learn about off-campus housing information, visit housing.byu.edu/offcampus.

 
Admitted Students

On-Campus Housing

Helaman Halls

  • On west side of
    Campus
  • 10 minute walk to
    library
  • Room & Board style
    living
  • Meal plan required
  • Creamery
  • On-site parking
  • Under 19 community
  • 19 and older
    community

Heritage Halls

  • East of campus
  • 5-15 minute walk to
    library
  • Apartment style living
  • Meal plans available
  • Creamery on Ninth
  • No on-site parking
  • Under 19 community
  • 19 and older
    community

Wyview Park

  • Northwest of campus
  • 20 minute walk to
    library
  • Apartment style living
  • Meal plans available
  • Creamery
  • On-site parking
  • Private rooms
    available
  • 19 and older
    community

Students who wish to live on campus do not need to complete a separate housing application. The admission application is found online at BeSmart.com.10 For more information about on campus housing, please visit the
On-Campus Housing11 website. 

While it is anticipated that those who meet the December 1 admission early application deadline will have the opportunity to live on campus, available options are dependent upon what is available on any given room selection date.

 
Admitted Students

OneStop Checklists for Admitted Students

After students are admitted, they may feel overwhelmed by what they need to do next. However, OneStop Student Services12 has friendly new student checklists to help keep students organized. Admitted Students should make use of these checklists to help them remember all the things they need to do and get acquainted with other campus services and amenities.

We encourage you to start using the OneStop checklist that best applies to you, and refer back to it often so you can be ready to come to BYU. You will also want to explore the rest of the OneStop 12site, as it will help you along your path to graduation:

Just Admitted New Freshman Checklist13

Just Admitted Transfer Student Checklist14

Just Admitted International Student Checklist15

Returned Missionary Checklist16

 
Applicant Types

Concurrent Enrollment Program

Many students choose to complete college coursework while still attending high school. These concurrent enrollment classes can help you fulfill general education requirements, while also helping you get a feel for what college is really like.

If you would like to participate in BYU concurrent enrollment classes, you must be a local high school student. You must also meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the General Student Information and Ecclesiastical Endorsement parts of the online application at besmart.com (remember to apply under the “concurrent enrollment” status)
  • Complete junior year of high school and be at least 16 years old
  • Have an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher
  • Indicate unconditional support from your high school counselor and parent
  • Agree to enroll in no more than 11.5 hours during fall and winter semesters and no more than 5.5 hours during spring and summer terms
  • All concurrent enrollment applicants must submit an ACT or SAT score

You must also fill out the concurrent enrollment voucher17.

Concurrent Enrollment Application Deadlines

 Spring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017Winter 2018
Application
Available
October 17, 
2016
October 17, 
2016
October 17,
2016
March 31,
2017
Final DeadlineFebruary 1,
2017
February 1,
2017
February 1,
2017
October 1,
2017
Admission Decision
Notification
February 28,
2017
February 28,
2017
February 28,
2017
October 31,
2017

Note: A new concurrent enrollment voucher must be submitted for each enrollment at BYU.

 
Applicant Types

Former Student

You are considered a Former Student if you have previously been admitted and enrolled as a regular day-time student, and are applying to return to BYU with or without additional credit.

Note: If you have graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's degree, then you are not eligible for undergraduate admission to BYU; please contact our Graduate Studies18 department for information about continuing your education. 

Admission Application Tips

  • The deadline to apply as a former student is the same as each semester's appropriate application deadline19. Former students will be notified of admission decisions approximately 4 weeks after the admission application deadline.
  • You will apply at besmart.com using the same NetID and password that you used when previously attending BYU. You will need to update the General Student Information and Ecclesiastical Endorsement parts 20of the application. 
  • You may have completed additional credit since attending BYU. If so, you will need to send transcripts showing all work you have completed since attending BYU previously. 
  • Students who have already been admitted to BYU will not need to re-pay the application fee to re-apply
  • Students who have not had day-continuing eligibility, but did participate in Study Abroad or Continuing Education are considered transfer students21.
 
Applicant Types

Homeschooled Applicants

As part of the application, you are required to submit any high school or university work completed through an institution accredited by any of the following regional accrediting agencies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools (MSA)
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
  • North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA)
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)
  • AdvancED

Homeschooled students will be treated as New Freshmen as long as they have not completed any college work following the age when their peers would have graduated from high school. Applicants in this situation will need to take the ACT or SAT.

If their peers have graduated, they will need to take the ACT or SAT until they have completed 24 or more graded college credits.

Applicants who will not graduate from high school or complete secondary school through home schooling as required by the applicant-s state may be required to submit  a GED or state recognized high school equivalency exam. If a student will be required to complete a GED or other state recognized high school equivalency exam, it will appear as a requirement on the status page. 

For more information on policies regarding our homeschooled applicants and for scholarship information, call Admission Services at (801) 422-5000 and ask to speak with one of our homeschooling specialists.

 
Applicant Types

New Freshmen

New Freshmen are students who have not completed any college/university work following high school graduation/secondary education completion. 

Click here22 if you are a homeschooled applicant
Click here23 if you are an international applicant

The Online Application

Admission Application Tips

  • Freshmen who meet the December 1st priority deadline for the spring/summer/fall application will receive primary consideration in the admission process. See the full list of application deadlines here23.
  • Please note that while it is anticipated that those who meet the December 1 priority deadline will have the opportunity to live on campus, options are dependent upon what is available on any given room selection date. 
  • Students who choose to apply for and attend summer term will have priority selection for fall on-campus housing and fall class registration.
  • Students should apply for the semester or term for which they wish to attend. Requests to change beginning semesters may not be accommodated.
  • The admission criteria are the same for all entry dates. One semester or term is not easier to get into over another. 
  • Applicants intending to serve an LDS mission can view full information about deferring here24.
  • Applicants will need to submit a transcript25 for any concurrent college credit received.
  • Any international work must be submitted through IERF or WES. See Evaluating International Work26 for more information. -BYU will only accept official US-accredited transcripts without an evaluation. 
 
Applicant Types

Post-baccalaureate Program

Note: This program is not to be confused with BYU Graduate Studies27.

Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a graduate program are not normally admissible to BYU; however, the post-baccalaureate program is designed to allow this kind of student limited access to university resources. The program is usually only available during spring and summer terms (fall and winter resources on campus are reserved for undergraduate students and students who have been officially admitted into a graduate or undergraduate program). 

The purpose of this program is to assist a limited number of students who have a bachelor's degree but are not enrolled in a graduate program. Reasons for attending as a post-baccalaureate student are many and varied; a common reason may be students looking for a few more classes to be eligible to apply for a master’s program. To be considered for admission to the post-baccalaureate studies program, students should apply online.

Applicants wishing to apply as post-baccalaureates must complete the explanation essay in Part 7 of the application. Applicants should give as much detail as possible regarding the length of time they plan to enroll, the specific coursework needed, and the reasons for specifically attending BYU. Applicants just looking to take a class for personal enrichment, who are pursuing a worthy hobby, or are simply satisfying intellectual curiosity should seek enrollment through continuing education options such as Evening Classes28, Salt Lake Center29, and Independent Study30.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcripts documenting that a bachelor’s degree was received, as well as transcripts from all previously-attended institutions

Restrictions

  • This program is only available to applicants during the spring and summer terms
  • Post-baccalaureate applicants may not enroll as full-time students.
  • Graduate tuition rates apply (view rates31)
  • This program is not intended to allow applicants to receive a second bachelor’s degree or minor
  • Any specific questions about eligibility or the program should be discussed with an advisor. Please contact us at 801-422-4104 or through ymessage.byu.edu for more information.
  • BYU cannot provide a Form I-20 for international post-baccalaureate students; they must have another form of visa in order to be considered. 
 
Applicant Types

Transfer Students

Transfer Students are applicants who attended one or more college or university after completion of secondary education/high school.

Transfer Student with fewer than 24 graded credits – submit all required application parts31. You will be required to submit transcripts of any college/university work you have completed in addition to your high school work. An ACT or SAT score will be required.

Transfer Student with 24 or more graded credits – submit all required application parts31. You will be required to submit transcripts of any college/university work you have completed.

Click here31 if you are an international applicant

The Online Application

Apply now at besmart.com
Read about the application parts here31

Admission Application Tips

  • Students should apply for the semester or term for which they wish to attend. Requests to change beginning semesters may not be accommodated.
  • The admission criteria are the same for all entry dates. One semester or term is not easier to get into over another. 
  • Applicants intending to serve an LDS mission can view full information about deferring here31.
  • Applicants will need to submit a transcript for any concurrent college credit received.
  • Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for a second bachelor’s degree from BYU, but are welcome to apply to BYU graduate programs.
  • Transfer applicants with 90 or more graded semester credit hours are unlikely to be admitted.
  • For transfer guides, transfer evaluations, and transfer contact information, please visit: transfer.byu.edu
  • International college or university work must be submitted through IERF or WES. See Evaluating International Work31 for more information. -BYU will only accept official US-accredited transcripts without an evaluation. 
 
Applicant Types

Visiting Student Program

During spring and/or summer term, high school graduates who are (or will be) actively pursuing a degree at another college or university are invited to be a part of the BYU community as non-degree-seeking students. While on campus, students in the program will enroll in college-level courses and also enjoy a wide range of BYU cultural and social experiences.

Former students are not eligible to apply for the Visiting Student program. 

To be competitive for admission consideration as a visiting student, students will need:

  • High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Composite ACT score of 18 or SAT of 860 (total of critical reading and math scores only)
  • College/university GPA of 2.5 or higher

Admission and enrollment in the BYU Visiting Student Program does not in any way imply continued enrollment at BYU beyond summer term. Students wanting to pursue a degree at BYU must submit an application for undergraduate admission and meet the admission criteria in effect at the time of application.

What campus services are available to me as a visiting student?

Visiting Students are eligible to participate in most of the services and programs available to fully admitted students. These include use of the library, sports facilities, Counseling and Career Center, and participation in student wards, orientation activities, and other social or campus-wide events. Visiting Students are eligible to work on campus; however, Visiting Students are not eligible for federal financial aid or scholarships at BYU.

Who can I contact if I have questions about what classes to take?

If you have questions about what classes to take, please contact the University Advisement Center32. They can be reached at University_Advisement@byu.edu, (801) 422-3826, or toll-free at 1-877-890-5519. 

Application Deadlines

 Spring 2017Summer 2017

Application

Available

October 15,

2016

October 15,

2016

Final Deadline

April 28,
2017

June 22,
2017

Instructions for International Applicants

International students are eligible to apply as visiting students during spring and/or summer terms under the following conditions: (1) they are already attending another US school, and (2) the school agrees to maintain their I-20 while they attend BYU during their vacation period. 

 
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Admissions Forms

Nearly all of the admissions application is accessed online. To apply for admissions or to check your application status, use the following links:

The following are links to all of the paper forms that the Admissions Office uses:

 
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Contact Us

BYU Admissions
Phone                               (801) 422-4104
Office Location

D-155 Abraham Smoot Building
Provo, UT 84602

Mailing Address

A-41 Abraham Smoot Building

Provo, UT 84602

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BYU Postbaccalaureate Admissions
Phone(801) 422-5000                                 
Office Location                 D-155 Abraham Smoot Building
Provo, UT 84602       
Mailing AddressA-41 Abraham Smoot Builing
Provo, UT 84602
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High School Reps

BYU has High School Representatives assigned to each state and
-each Utah high school, click the link below to find your rep:

 
Campus Tours
Tour Schedulingtours.byu.edu
Tours

Monday - Friday
9 AM - 4 PM
(except on Tuesdays at 11 AM)       

Office Location                 206 Hinckley Center
Provo, UT 84602

 

Transfer Evaluation
Phone(801) 422-8522                                 
Emailtransfer@byu.edu
Office Location                 B-150 Abraham Smoot Building
Provo, UT 84602          

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Additional Contacts

Postbaccalaureate Reps

(801) 422-5000

Homeschool Reps

(801) 422-5000

BYU Operator (BYU Info)           

(801) 422-4636                        

 

 
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SAT to ACT Conversion Chart

The following chart show SAT to ACT equivalent scores.

SAT     ACT      SAT      ACT      SAT      ACT      
760-800161060-1080231320-135030
810-850171090-1120241360-140031
860-890181130-1160251410-145032
900-930191170-1200261460-150033
940-970201210-1230271510-155034
980-1010211240-1270281560-159035
1020-1050221280-1310291600*36

Note: Currently, BYU does not require the writing section of the ACT. We will, however, pay particular attention to applicants- writing ability as demonstrated by the essay portion of the admission application.

*The maximum SAT score listed is 1600 opposed to the standard 2400 which includes the writing section.

 
How to Apply

AP/IB Classes

See the current guides on which AP or IB test scores qualify for BYU credit here39.

BYU encourages students to enroll in AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) classes where available.  Following are a few of the major benefits of taking these college prep courses:

  • Because AP and IB courses are measured by a universal standard, students who take these courses will receive extra consideration in the BYU admission process.
  • Depending on the number and type of courses taken, students can receive university credit before even graduating from high school.
  • Students who take AP or IB courses are usually more prepared for the rigors of college coursework, as well as the ACT/SAT, because of the study skills, discipline, and knowledge gained while taking such courses.
  • Students who take AP and IB courses gain support from motivated peers and mentors.

Is AP/IB right for me?

The decision to take AP or IB courses should be considered carefully by the student, parents, and a school counselor. Students and parents may wish to talk to an AP/IB teacher or coordinator to learn more about the difficulties of a particular course. They will want to be sure to consider the workload and the preparation required for the course. We recommend not taking an AP/IB course unless students can maintain at least a B+ average. 

Sending AP Scores to BYU

If BYU has not received your AP scores and you wish to receive credit for them, you must do one of the following:

  • Contact AP Scores and Reporting Services40 to request that your scores be sent to BYU (there will be a fee for this service).
  • If your high school has included your AP scores on your transcript, request that they mail us a transcript.

All documents should be mailed to:

CES Admission Processing
A-41 ASB
Provo, UT 84602

Sending IB Scores to BYU

Official IB high school transcripts or a transcript directly from the IB office will be accepted. If you would like to request your IB transcript, please request it from their website41

 
How to Apply

Acceptance Criteria

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 (BeSmart.com/honorcode42). 
  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 gradstudies.byu.edu).

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. 
 
How to Apply

Admission Application

Your Admission Application

The information on this page is for New Freshmen and Transfer applicants only. Please visit the appropriate page if you are a Concurrent Enrollment43, Visiting Student44, or Post-baccalaureate45 applicant.

Application Parts

General Student Information

This includes:

  • Application instructions
  • Identification
  • Contact information
  • Ethnicity
  • Religious affiliation
  • Educational history (high school & college)
  • CES school selection

Once this part is submitted, you will be able to move on to the rest of the application.

Ecclesiastical Endorsement
This part is required for all applicants. You will first be required to read through and agree to abide by the Honor Code and Dress & Grooming Standards (also outlined here46). Once this step has been completed, LDS applicants will need to meet with the bishop and a member of the stake presidency from the ward/stake in which their records are located. Currently-serving missionaries will have one interview with their mission president. Start the endorsement process online at endorsement.byu.edu

Non-LDS applicants have the option of completing the endorsement with their own religious leader or with a local LDS bishop or mission president (to find a local LDS leader, enter your address into the meetinghouse locator tool47). Once you have decided how you would like to complete the endorsement, go to endorsement.byu.edu. There you can select a local LDS leader and complete the process using the online tool, or you may request a paper form to take to your preferred religious leader. 

Seminary/Institute Attendance
This part of the application addresses each applicant's seminary and/or institute attendance. There are two ways to complete this portion:

Students who are currently attending seminary will not fill out this portion of the application themselves. They will be required to download the instruction sheet found on this part and take it to their seminary teacher, who will then complete the recommendation. If this portion is completed by the applicant instead of the seminary teacher, it will not be accepted.

Students who are not currently attending seminary will fill out this portion of the application themselves. They will also fill out the institute portion of this section. Applicants who did not attend institute because they were taking religion classes at another CES school may explain their situation on the institute section of the application.

High School Information and Transcripts
This part of the application is for applicants to provide BYU with more information about their high school experience, including unweighted GPA, ACT/SAT scores, AP or IB classes, and other classes the applicant has or will take during 12th grade. New freshman or transfer applicants with fewer than 24 college credits will be required to submit this part. Use the links below for help with completing this step:

Extracurricular Activities
This portion of the application allows applicants the opportunity to describe the activities they have been involved in since beginning high school (age 14+), in the following areas:

  • Church
  • Community
  • School
  • Military
  • Art/Multimedia
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • Athletics
  • Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM)
  • Speech
  • Writing
  • Employment

This part of the application also allows applicants to list and describe (in 100 words) up to three of their most meaningful and significant activities, awards, and/or experiences they-ve had since beginning high school.

Student Essay and Other Information
-This part is mainly comprised of a number of essay questions. Simply use your best writing skills to answer the questions. Try to tell us about experiences and characteristics you have that will make you stand out from other applicants.

 
How to Apply

Application Deadlines

 Spring 2017Summer 2017 Fall 2017Winter 2018

Application Available

October 17,
2016

October 17,
2016

October 17,
2016

March 31,
2017

Freshman Priority

Deadline

December 1,
2016

December 1,
2016

December 1,
2016

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Final Deadline for
all Applicants

February 1,
2017

February 1,
2017

February 1,
2017

October 1,
2017

Admission Decision
Notification

March 3,
2017

March 3,
2017

March 3,
2017

October 31,
2017
  • Application deadlines are final. Please make sure all application materials—including those submitted by others on behalf of the student—are postmarked or received by the final deadline. Any application failing to complete by the deadline will be withdrawn.
  • Each specific deadline is 11:59 PM MT on the posted date. 
  • The priority deadline pertains only to domestic new freshmen applying to the spring, summer, or fall. Applicants who meet the December 1 priority deadline receive priority consideration in the admission process and in housing selection.
  • All applicants, including those who meet the priority deadline, will receive an admission decision after the appropriate final deadline and before the notification deadline as posted on this page. 
 
How to Apply

Attend Spring and Summer

Here it is, our best kept secret. Attend spring and summer!

As a new student to BYU, starting summer term instead of fall offers great advantages that few students realize. You may benefit from these advantages and start attending BYU during summer term.

Here is a short list of huge advantages:

  1. If you are a new freshman you can get the room you want with priority housing selection for summer and fall
  2. Get the classes you want with priority registration for fall
  3. Get a job to help pay for BYU before the fall semester

Click here to see which classes will be offered next spring and summer:

Can't wait to get started at BYU? Come summer!

 
How to Apply

Compare and Contrast: AP/IB Classes vs. Concurrent Enrollment

One of the most common questions fielded by the BYU Admissions office centers on the perceived value of concurrent college work when compared to enrollment in AP or IB classes. Certainly, each of these programs has merit!  This article will seek to detail the advantages of each, all in an effort to help prospective BYU students make informed decisions about selecting high school courses.  In terms of definition, concurrent work for our purposes is enrollment in college level classes while the student is also enrolled in high school.  The college classes may be taught online, on the college campus, or on the high school campus.  If a student will be earning college credit while still enrolled in high school, and that credit will appear on an official college transcript, we would consider this concurrent college work.

Advantages of Concurrent Enrollment

Transferability - With a few exceptions, almost all freshman-level-or-higher college work will transfer to BYU. However, how they transfer to BYU is the more salient question. Some classes will meet GE/Core requirements, others may fulfill specific classes for majors/minors, and others will transfer as electives. Please visit transfer.byu.edu49 to learn more about our transfer credit policy and how specific classes transfer.  Additionally, we have transfer guides with more than 30 colleges and universities across the country. These guides50 detail specific courses which will transfer from an individual school AND meet GE requirements at BYU.  

Less Time to Graduation? - On the surface, this seems like an added benefit to concurrent enrollment. However, BYU's own research is aligning with other schools' findings from across the country: the time saved to graduation is minimal, if any at all. It appears students will find ways - meaningful ways - of using the extra time on campus. Examples include participating in study abroad, securing internships, adding a minor, exploring research opportunities, and enrolling in classes in preparation for graduate school or personal/professional development.   

Advantages of AP/IB Enrollment

Higher Standardized Test Scores - BYU's internal research shows students tend to score higher on either the ACT or SAT exam when their high school coursework has included AP/IB enrollment. With the ACT being a curriculum-based exam, preparation in the classroom can be a key component to scoring higher on the standardized exam.  AP and IB enrollment appear to demonstrate that relationship.    

Higher First-Year GPA at BYU - Students who enter BYU with AP/IB courses as part of the high school experience tend to outperform their non-AP/IB cohorts in terms of first-year GPA at BYU.   Admittedly, this is only one metric of student success, but it is an important one.  

Earned Credits at BYU - We invite you and your students to visit apib.byu.edu to explore how AP and IB test results impact course equivalencies at BYU. Of the 36 AP exams that earn credit at BYU, 13 will earn credit with a score of 3 or higher.  Others will require a 4, while one (AP Statistics) will require a 5.

Extra Consideration in the Admission Process - Due to the research and results mentioned above, BYU is very comfortable offering extra consideration in our admission evaluation for each AP or IB class appearing on a student's high school transcript. While we do not extend the same consideration for honors, college prep, or concurrent enrollment classes, the evidence supports the admission bonus for AP/IB enrollment.   

In short, when we are asked about a preference between concurrent enrollment or AP/IB enrollment, BYU is transparent about the benefits of AP and IB enrollment. In terms of getting accepted to BYU, then performing well at BYU, the AP/IB experience tends to put students at a real advantage.   

 
How to Apply

Entrance Averages

Freshman Admission Statistics

The following table shows the number of prospective freshmen that applied, the number accepted, and the acceptance rate (for those who applied for 2016 summer/fall admission):

New Freshman: Applications vs Students Accepted
ApplicantsStudents AcceptedAverage GPAAverage ACT/SATAcceptance Rate
13,4087,1713.8529 / 128053.5%

Freshman Extracurricular Highlights

We have selected some highlights from our last admitted class based on a variety of extracurricular activities. These activities are highlights of our holistic admission review:

New Freshman Profile
Award/ActivityPercent of Admitted Students
Duty to God or Young Women Recognition84.2%
Performing arts78.3%
Four-year seminary graduates96.6%
High school sports71.1%
Employed during high school82.2%

Transfer Admission Statistics

The following table shows the number of transfer applicants that applied, the number accepted, and the acceptance rate (for those who applied for 2016 summer/fall admission):

Transfer Applicants: Applications vs Students Accepted
ApplicantsStudents AcceptedAverage GPAAcceptance Rate
5,4762,3623.6943.1%
 
How to Apply

Transcript & Score Submission

Full disclosure of your academic history is required in the application process. These documents must be postmarked by the appropriate application deadline50 to avoid being considered late. Send all transcripts and ACT/SAT scores to:

CES Admission Processing
Brigham Young University
A-41 ASB
Provo, UT 84602

High School Transcripts

-New freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 24 university credit hours will be required to submit their high school transcript. A report card is not a substitute for a high school transcript. We will accept copies of the high school transcript that arrive in the following ways:

  • Electronically through Parchment Exchange, National Transcript Center, or 
    -National Student Clearinghouse
  • Mailed by the high school
  • Mailed or hand-delivered by the student
  • Any international work must be submitted through IERF or WES. See Evaluating International Work50 for more information

ACT/SAT Scores

New freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 24 university credit hours (including homeschool applicants) will be required to submit an ACT or SAT test score. BYU is only interested in the overall composite score and will use the highest overall composite score in its evaluation. ACT/SAT scores can be sent from the following sources:

  • Directly from the ACT51 or SAT52 office
  • From an applicant's high school transcript (if included)
  • From a copy of a student's official score report (mailed or delivered)
  • From a copy of the official online PDF (mailed, via YMessage.byu.edu52, or delivered)

College Transcripts

--BYU requires official transcripts from each college a student has attended. This includes transcripts of courses taken through concurrent enrollment programs while in high school. For information about credit transferability and other FAQs, please visit transfer.byu.edu. BYU does not accept faxed college transcripts. College transcripts may be sent to BYU in the following ways: 

  • Electronically through Parchment Exchange, National Student Clearinghouse, or
    SCRIP-Safe.
  • Sent directly from the university via email to collegetranscript@byu.edu.
  • Mailed directly from the college/university you attended
  • Hand-delivered in a sealed envelope (the envelope cannot be tampered with in any way) to OneStop Student Services (D-155 ASB)
  • Any international work must be submitted through IERF or WES. See Evaluating International Work52 for more information

Verifying Transcripts/Scores Have Been Received

Your application will be considered on time if all parts of the application, including all required transcripts and an ACT or SAT score, are submitted on or before the appropriate deadline. 

Sometimes it can take a few days for mailed transcripts to be received and processed, especially given the volume of transcripts that arrive in an application season. Please be aware that if your transcripts are postmarked on or before the application deadline they will be considered on time. You will be able to confirm that BYU has received your transcripts by looking at your status page52.

If you sent in your transcripts more than two weeks ago and have not seen them applied to your account, please message us via ymessage.byu.edu. Be sure to include the date you had your transcript sent and any other relevant details so that we may be able to locate your documents. 

 
How to Apply

Transfer Credits

Note: View the current transfer guides52 to see how your credits will transfer to BYU.

College credit earned from other institutions must be included in the admission application. College transcripts will be reviewed by Transfer Evaluation Services to determine which credit will transfer to BYU once admitted, and if this credit will fulfill general education requirements.

For more information on how your specific university or college credit will transfer to BYU, please refer to our transfer guides, visit transfer.byu.edu, or contact the Transfer Evaluation office (801-422-8522 or transfer@byu.edu) with any other questions you may have.

Full Disclosure

Failure to disclose and submit all documents required for admission, including transcripts from each institution in which the applicant has or is currently enrolled, or any falsification of information required for admission consideration, may result in immediate suspension and loss of all credit earned at BYU. See this page52 for instructions on submitting transcripts. 

 
How to Pay

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is a valuable option to help BYU students pay for their college expenses. BYU offers federal financial aid programs that include Pell Grants, Direct Loans (Subsidized/Unsubsidized), and PLUS Loans for eligible students.

Grants are essentially free money from the government-students are not required to repay them. Student loans, however, must be repaid-but repayment is typically deferred until after graduation.

For information on applying for any of the following types of federal financial aid, see the Financial Aid Website53.

Pell Grant

Pell Grants are available for undergraduates who have not earned a bachelor-s degree. The amount students can qualify for is based on need and enrollment. For more information, see Federal Pell Grants54.

Direct Loans

There are two types of Direct Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Although they are very similar, the key difference is that the unsubsidized loan accrues interest while students are still in school, while the subsidized loan does not. The type of loan awarded depends on financial need.

PLUS Loans

PLUS Loans are a good option for parents that are trying to help fund their child-s education. This program allows parents to take out a federal loan to help pay for their child-s college-related expenses.

 
How to Pay

How Much Does it Cost?

Students at BYU enjoy affordable prices that allow them access to a high quality education at a great price. In 2013, US News & World Report ranked BYU in the top 20 for -Great Schools, Great Prices.-

Housing

For BYU students, the cost of room and board is a large part of total expenses. As such, it is important to make the decision that-s right for you. 

BYU-s housing departments can help students find the right housing option:

Total Cost

For a total breakdown of costs, visit the Cost of Attendance57 page located at the financial aid website.

Two Semester Cost of Attendance at BYU 
 2017-2018
Undergraduate
Costs
LDS Tuition
Fixed cost based on full-time enrollment
$ 5,460
Non-LDS Tuition
Fixed cost based on full-time enrollment
$ 10,960

Room and Board
Undergrad based on Helaman Halls shared room and 

Dining Dollars Blue meal plan. Cost varies depending
on student's choice of on- or off-campus housing

$ 7,530

Books and Supplies
Cost varies depending on requirements for
enrolled courses

$ 824

Personal Expenses*
Cost varies depending on personal spending choices

$ 2,228

Transportation
Cost varies depending on method of

transportation

$ 2,328
Loan Fees$ 60
LDS Total:$ 18,430
Non-LDS Total:$ 23,890

Amounts for tuition and books & supplies will be reduced for less than full-time enrollment which can affect your loan eligibility. Please reference the following link for less than full-time enrollment, and for full details regarding the costs of attendance: http://finserve.byu.edu/content/tuition-and-general-fees 57

*Personal expenses include the cost of BYU health insurance premiums for a single student. BYU health insurance is required if you are not covered by another annual policy. Students are billed each semester and term for the entire academic year including future periods of non-attendance.

 
How to Pay

Part-Time Work

There are many benefits to working part-time while enrolled as a student at BYU. Part-time employment allows students to gain meaningful work experience, help pay for their expenses, and learn to manage their time. College work experience can also help students build their resumes, gain new skills, develop talents, and provide references for their future careers.

Income earned from part-time work can help pay for tuition, rent, and other expenses incurred while in school. This income may also help reduce reliance on parents or financial aid.

On-Campus Employment

Each year about 15,000 students work on campus. These students enjoy student-friendly schedules ranging from 10-20 hours a week, along with the convenience of working within walking distance of their classes.

To apply for an on-campus job, visit jobs.byu.edu.

Off-Campus Employment

For students who want to gain off-campus work experience, there are also numerous jobs available in the Provo community.

 
How to Pay

Scholarships

In addition to affordable tuition rates, selected BYU students may qualify to receive a scholarship. BYU seeks to recognize students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, financial need, or unique talents. 

BYU scholarship funds are provided through tithes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with offerings from generous friends of the university. Scholarships are awarded in order to encourage continued commitment to spiritual and intellectual growth. The gift of a scholarship assumes an obligation on the part of the recipient to use that investment wisely while preparing for continual and purposeful service in the Lord's kingdom.

Academic Awards

Approximately 25 percent of incoming freshmen receive an academic scholarship from the university. Target figures for these awards are as follows:

Thomas S. Monson (multi-year)50 awarded
Heritage/Nat'l Merit/Presidential200 awarded
Brigham Young (1 year, full LDS tuition)400 awarded
Brigham Young (1 year, half LDS tuition)1,000 awarded

To apply, complete the Scholarship Application58.

Scholarships for Former, Transfer, or International Students

The university offers a limited number of scholarships based on financial need and other factors. All new freshmen are automatically eligible for academic scholarships based on the current matrix59. Transfer students and former students can apply for continuing student scholarships after completing at least one full enrollment (12 credit hours) at BYU by the appropriate March 1 deadline. For more information, please visit: https://financialaid.byu.edu/

Need-Based & Private Scholarships

The university offers a limited number of scholarships based on financial need and other factors. To be considered for these awards, applicants must fill out the online scholarship application at financialaid.byu.edu/section/scholarships60.

Talent awards

Talent awards are available in the areas of art, athletics, communications, dance, design, music, and theatre and media arts. For these awards, demonstrated ability is a more important criterion than scholastic achievement. For further information and application materials, contact the appropriate department directly (preferably by December 1 of the senior year).

Art(801) 422-8773va-frontdesk@byu.edu
Athletics(801) 422-2096athletics@byu.edu
Communications(801) 422-2997comms_secretary@byu.edu
Dance(801) 422-5086dance@byu.edu
Design(801) 422-8773va-frontdesk@byu.edu
Music(801) 422-8903music@byu.edu
Theatre and Media Arts(801) 422-6645tma_secretary@byu.edu

Off-Campus Scholarships

In addition to scholarships available from BYU, we recommend that students search out and apply for off-campus scholarships. College advisement centers, high school counselors, the local BYU Alumni chapter chair, and the general reference section of the library are good resources to help students find potential scholarships.

To search for off-campus scholarships, the following website may be helpful:

To learn more about off-campus scholarships, visit https://financialaid.byu.edu/off-campus-scholarships.

ROTC Military Awards

The university has both Air Force and Army ROTC programs on campus. These ROTC units offer competitive scholarships to students enrolling in their programs. Applicants should contact the ROTC department by December 1 of the senior year.

Aerospace Studies
(Air Force)
(801) 422-2671afrotc@byu.edu
Military Science
(Army)
(801) 422-7725armyrotc@byu.edu

Thomas S. Monson Presidential Scholarship

The Thomas S. Monson Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered to incoming LDS freshmen, and is named after the current prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Strong commitment to gospel principles, academic excellence, exceptional leadership skills, and service characteristics are all criteria for the presidential awards. The scholarship is offered to 25 young men and 25 young women each year.

  • Thomas S. Monson (four years, 150% of full LDS tuition)

To apply, complete the BYU scholarship application62.

 
How to Pay

Tuition Charges

Tuition

As BYU’s sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints subsidizes tuition prices with its members’ tithing funds. In principle, each student attending BYU is on scholarship.

Tuition
              Spring/Summer 2017 Cost             Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Costs
Credit HoursLDSNon-LDS Credit HoursLDSNon-LDS
6.0 +$1,325$2,650 12.0 +$2,730$5,460
4.5 - 5.5$1,259$2,518 9.0 - 11.5$2,594$5,188
0.5 - 4.0$276/credit$552/credit 0.5 - 8.5$286/credit$572/credit

Considering that College Board reports the average private four-year tuition and fees as over $29,000, BYU’s price tag cannot be beat. Each year, undergraduate students at BYU pay nearly $24,000 less in tuition than other private universities.

 
International Students

Deposit Policy

In order for students to be successful academically at BYU, they must have a solid financial plan. All international applicants for undergraduate degrees are required to deposit $4,000 in an escrow account at BYU following notification of their admission. Students will not be able to register for classes, nor will any student visa paperwork be initiated until the deposit is paid.

The deposits will be held in escrow with the intent that it will be released to the students during their final semester before graduation. Students who experience unforeseen financial hardship while studying at BYU may petition to use up to $3,000 of their deposit before their final semester.  To petition, please contact the Associate Dean of Students, in person at 3500 WSC, by phone at (801) 422-4771, or by email deanofstudents@byu.edu

International students who find they are unable to cover the costs associated with their continued education at BYU and who have already accessed $3,000 from their deposit will be granted access to the remaining $1,000, which is set aside for the student as an emergency fund for the purchase of a plane ticket to return to their home country.

How to Pay Your Deposit

We recommend students pay their International Student Deposit online. Please login and pay your deposit online:

If you are unable to pay online, your deposit may also be made by phone or mail through the BYU Student Services.

Phone: Call BYU Student Services with your credit or debit card information at 1-801-422-4104. Please be sure that your credit or debit card does not have a daily limit of less than $4,000 USD.

Mail: Send a $4,000 USD check or money order from a US bank. Please be sure to include a sheet of paper showing your contact information and explaining why you are sending the deposit.

BYU Student Services
D-155 ASB
Provo, UT 84602
USA

 
International Students

English Proficiency Requirement

In order to ensure that our applicants will succeed in BYU’s intense academic environment, a test of English proficiency may be required. Applicants whose native or primary language is not English AND/OR has citizenship in a country where English is not the official language, will be required to prove English proficiency. We require proof of proficiency regardless of time spent studying in the United States. TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are valid for two years. If the exam expires before the application deadline, a new score will be required. The Cambridge English exams do not expire. Please note that meeting minimum requirements will not guarantee admission.

BYU accepts English proficiency exams from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Cambridge English: Advanced. To access information on the fees associated with the tests and when and where the tests are offered, please go to their respective websites: www.toefl.org, www.ielts.org, www.pearsonpte.com, and cambridgeenglish.org64. BYU's Minimum criteria for each test are as follows:

BYU English Proficiency Minimum Requirements

Exam

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Listening

Use of English

Overall

TOEFL iBT

20

20

20

20

-

80

IELTS

6.0

6.0

6.5

6.0

-

6.5

PTE

49

49

49

49

-

53

Cambridge English:

Advanced or

Proficient

172172180172180180

If English proficiency requirements are not met, students are encouraged to increase their skills and retest.

Submitting Scores

  • TOEFL iBT - Students can send the official letter (with the heat seal in the upper right-hand corner) to: CES Processing Center; A-41 ASB; Provo, UT 84602, USA. Scores may also be sent to BYU directly by the testing company. We cannot accept a computer printout. Students should be sure to register for the exam with their name exactly as it appears on the BYU application.
  • IELTS - Please send us a message via ymessage.byu.edu with the TRF number
  • PTE - Select any of the CES institutions and they will be sent automatically
  • Cambridge English - Send us a message via ymessage.byu.edu with your Candidate ID number and your Secret number

English Learning Resources
The English Language Center at Brigham Young University may also be able to help students improve their English language skills. Learn more about this program by visiting http://elc.byu.edu. Note: BYU will require one of the listed standardized English proficiency exams even if students complete this program. 

 
International Students

Evaluating International Work

All secondary education and college work (not US accredited) done outside of the United States must be evaluated by an international credential evaluation agency at the applicant's expense. The CES schools' preferred agency is International Education Research Foundation (IERF)65. If applying for the evaluation online, be sure to select BYU-Undergraduate as the recipient, as IERF works with a number of BYU departments. This will ensure that your report reaches the correct office.  Also, when selecting report type, you must select "detail report." View this video66 for more instructions. 

We will also accept a report from World Education Services (WES)67, the required type of evaluation report for high school (secondary education) documents is "DxD", and the required type of evaluation report for college or university documents is "CxC". 

DO NOT send your transcripts directly to us unless they are an accredited US institution. We will discard any international transcripts that are not properly evaluated.

 
International Students

International Acceptance Criteria

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 (BeSmart.com/honorcode67). 
  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 gradstudies.byu.edu).

Statement on Admission Consideration

The university considers for admission any individual who meets all of the university-s admission standards and submits a completed application within appropriate deadlines. There is no specific question in the admission application requiring a disclosure of an applicant-s legal status. In the application, the prospective student is required to designate a home country. If the home country is anything other than the United States, information is provided to assist the applicant in understanding immigration requirements for acquisition of a student visa. Also, if in the application process international educational credentials are submitted, questions concerning visa status may arise.

BYU is required by law and university policy to ask for citizenship only when an applicant is requesting financial aid or seeking employment. Undocumented immigrants are usually faced with significant financial challenges since federal, state, and university need-based financial aid and scholarship funds are not available to them. Additionally, undocumented immigrants are limited in meeting financial concerns because they cannot legally work on or off campus and have no legal way to work in the United States after graduation.

 
International Students

International Admission Application

Admission Application

Comprehensive Admissions Review

To apply, you must:

New Freshmen are students who have not completed any college/university work following high school graduation/secondary education completion. 

Transfer Students are applicants who attended one or more college or university after completion of secondary education/high school. Additionally, transfer students with more than 90 graded semester credit hours are unlikely to be admitted

Note: Failure to disclose complete academic history or any falsification of information required for admission consideration may result in immediate suspension and loss of all credit earned at BYU.

Application Parts

General Student Information
This part contains general student information, including:

  • Application instructions
  • Identification
  • Contact information
  • Ethnicity
  • Religious affiliation
  • Educational history (high school & college)
  • CES school selection

Once this part is submitted, the applicant will be able to move on to the rest of the application.

Ecclesiastical Endorsement
This part is required of all student applicant types. Applicants will first be required to read through and agree to abide by the Honor Code and Dress & Grooming Standards (also outlined here72). Once this step has been completed, LDS applicants will need to meet with the bishop and a member of the stake presidency from the ward/stake in which their records are located. Currently-serving missionaries will have one interview with their mission president. Start the endorsement process online at endorsement.byu.edu. 

Non-LDS applicants have the option of completing the endorsement with their own religious leader or with a local LDS bishop, branch president, or mission president (to locate these ecclesiastical leaders, enter your address into the meetinghouse locator tool72). Once you have decided how you would like to complete the endorsement, go to endorsement.byu.edu. There you can select a local LDS leader and complete the process using the online tool, or you may request a paper form to take to your preferred religious leader. 

Seminary/Institute Attendance
This part of the application allows the applicant to record their seminary and/or institute attendance. There are two ways to complete this portion:

Students who are currently attending seminary will not fill out this portion of the application themselves. They will be required to download the instruction sheet found on this part, and take it to their seminary teacher, who will then complete the recommendation. If this portion is completed by the applicant instead of the seminary teacher, it will not be accepted.

Students who are not currently attending seminary will fill out this portion of the application themselves. They will also fill out the institute portion of this section. Applicants who did not attend institute because they were taking religion classes at another CES institution may explain their situation on the institute section of the application, and will not be penalized.

Extracurricular Activities
This portion of the application allows applicants the opportunity to describe the activities they have been involved in since beginning high school (age 14+), in the following areas:

  • Art
  • Athletics
  • Church leadership and awards
  • Community service/school leadership awards
  • Church, community, or special needs service hours
  • Math/science
  • Performing arts
  • Work experience
  • Speech
  • Writing

This part of the application also allows applicants to list and describe (in 100 words) up to five of their most meaningful and significant activities, awards, and/or experiences they-ve had since beginning high school.

Student Essay and Other Information
--This part is mainly comprised of a number of essay questions. Simply use your best writing skills to answer the questions. Try to tell us about experiences and characteristics you have that will make you stand out from other applicants.

Financial Verification
This part of the application applies only to International students. International students are required to submit financial information regarding the Cost of Attendance, which proves their financial ability to attend BYU. This part requires the applicant to outline their financial plan for the first year of attendance. Following admission decisions, accepted students will be contacted by International Student Services with further information regarding how to verify the information that they have provided. See the Financial Requirements section of the How Much Does it Cost? 73page for more information.

 
International Students

International Application Deadlines

 Spring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017Winter 2018
Application AvailableOctober 17,
2016
October 17,
2016
October 17,
2016
March 31,
2017
Freshman/Transfer
Final Deadline
December 1,
2016
February 1,
2017
February 1,
2017
October 1,
2017
Financial DeadlineMarch 15,
2017
May 1,
2017
July 1,
-2017
November 15,
2017
  • Application deadlines are final. Please make sure all application materials—including those submitted by others on behalf of the student—are postmarked or received by the final deadline. Any application failing to complete by the deadline will be withdrawn.
  • Each specific deadline is 11:59 PM MT on the posted date. 
  • All applicants, including those who meet the priority deadline, will receive an admission decision 3-6 weeks after the application deadline.
 
International Students

International Entrance Averages

International New Freshman Statistics

The following table shows the number of prospective freshmen that applied, the number accepted, and the acceptance rate (for those who applied for 2016 summer/fall admission):

International New Freshmen: Applications vs Students Accepted
ApplicantsStudents AcceptedRateAvg. High School GPAAvg. ACT/SAT
21611151.4%3.7726 / 1210

International Transfer Statistics

The following table shows the number of prospective transfer applicants that applied, the number accepted, and the acceptance rate:

International Transfer Students: Applications vs Students Accepted
ApplicantsStudents AcceptedRateAvg. Transfer GPA
45621446.9%3.66
 
International Students

Verifying Finances

Total Cost

For a total breakdown of costs, visit the Count the Cost73 page located at the financial aid website.

Two Semester Cost of Attendance at BYU 
 2017-2018
Undergraduate
-Costs
LDS Tuition
Fixed cost based on full-time enrollment
$ 5,460
Non-LDS Tuition
Fixed cost based on full-time enrollment
$ 10,920

Room and Board
Undergrad based on Helaman Halls shared room and 

Dining Dollars Blue meal plan. Cost varies depending
on student's choice of on- or off-campus housing

$ 7,530

Books and Supplies
Cost varies depending on requirements for
enrolled courses

$ 824

Personal Expenses*
Cost varies depending on personal spending choices

$ 2,228

Transportation
Cost varies depending on method of

transportation

$ 2,328
Loan Fees$ 60
LDS Total:$ 18,430
Non-LDS Total:$ 23,890

Amounts for tuition and books & supplies will be reduced for less than full-time enrollment which can affect your loan eligibility. Please reference the following link for less than full-time enrollment, and for full details regarding the costs of attendance: http://finserve.byu.edu/content/tuition-and-general-fees 73

*Personal expenses include the cost of BYU health insurance premiums for a single student. BYU health insurance is required if you are not covered by another annual policy. Students are billed each semester and term for the entire academic year including future periods of non-attendance.
 

Financial Verification for International Applicants

International students who are admitted to the university will need to verify finances covering the cost of attendance for the first year.  Students will need to complete the following requirements:

Deposit Policy
In order for students to be successful academically at BYU, they must have a solid financial plan. All international applicants for undergraduate degrees are required to deposit $4,000 in an escrow account at BYU following notification of their admission. Students will not be able to register for classes, nor will any student visa paperwork be initiated until the deposit is paid. Read the full Deposit Policy here74.

Financial Verification
All admitted international students are required to provide verification of financial ability. Admitted international students must complete the affidavit of support accompanied with the most recent copy of a bank statement for them and/or their sponsor. A registration hold is placed on the student's file until finances have been adequately proven.

Sponsors
Generally speaking, international students require the support of a sponsor to prove financial ability. Students are responsible for securing this sponsor (i.e., parents, government, other). This individual(s) should be a viable financial resource to the student.

 
International Students

Visa Policy

Once an international student has been admitted to a degree-seeking program at BYU, and completed the financial requirements, the university will provide the necessary visa application materials. If a student's visa application is denied, BYU will not intervene in the process, unless the government requests additional information directly from the university.

Admitted international students with a B-1/B-2 or F-2 visa will not be permitted to enroll at the university until they have secured F-1 visa status. Students should not attempt to enter the United States as a degree-seeking student without presenting a Form I-20, Form I-94, and valid passport.

Please refer to the International Student Services website75 for additional information.

 
Why BYU

Admission Representatives

BYU has Admissions Representatives for each state and Utah High Schools.

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Why BYU

BYU Majors

BYU offers nearly 200 different majors to students in a variety of areas, fields, and specialties. With so many options, BYU students are sure to find something that interests them.

Majors

With such a variety of subjects to study, it is sometimes difficult for students to pick a major. However, careful thought and consideration before choosing a major will reduce the time to graduate and help students make the most of their time at BYU. BYU major requirements and course descriptions can all be found through the undergraduate catalog's list of majors76. Be prepared to list your intended major on the admission application.

Top 10 Majors

Currently the top 10 majors by enrollment are the following:

  1. Exercise Science77
  2. Elementary Education78
  3. Psychology79
  4. Management80
  5. English81
  6. Public Health82
  7. Computer Science83
  8. Family Life84
  9. Chemical Engineering85
  10. Communications86

Academic Listings

Here are several links to BYU academic information, classes, and majors:

 
Why BYU

BeSmart Fireside

BeSmart Firesides are informational sessions held throughout the United States, designed for prospective students and their families. Each year, the locations of these firesides are changed in order to give more students the opportunity to attend. Firesides inform students about the purpose of gaining a higher education, about the educational opportunities within the Church Educational System, and about how to ease the transition from high school to college.

Meetings begin at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise noted. The following is the list of BeSmart Firesides in 2017.

State   City  Location   Address   Date
AZGilbertChandler
Arizona
East Stake
21320 South
Greenfield Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Tuesday
Aug 29
AZMesaMesa Arizona
East
2228 E Brown Rd
Mesa, AZ
Wednesday
Aug 30
AZScottsdaleScottsdale
Arizona
North Stake
6840 E Gold Dust Ave
Scottsdale, AZ
Thursday
Aug 31
CAChicoChico California
Stake
2430 Mariposa Ave
Chico, CA
Wednesday
Oct 5
CALa CrescentaLa Crescenta
California Stake
4550 Raymond Ave
La Crescenta, CA
Wednesday
Sep 20
CAMantecaManteca
California Stake
6060 E Northland Rd
Manteca, CA
Wednesday
Oct 3
CASacramentoSacramento
California Stake
6711 Seasons Dr
Elk Grove, CA
Tuesday
Oct 4
CAThousand
Oaks
Thousand Oaks 
California Stake
1600 Erbes Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA
Tuesday
Sep 19
CAVictorvilleApple Valley
California Stake
12100 Ridgecrest Rd
Victorville, CA
Thursday
Sep 21
IDBoiseBoise Central
Stake
111 S Cole Rd
Boise, ID
Wednesday
Oct 4
IDEagleStar Idaho
Stake
1133 N Park Ln
Eagle, ID
Tuesday
Oct 3
IDIdaho FallsIdaho Falls
Lincoln Stake
2545 Mesa St
Idaho Falls, ID
Tuesday
Aug 22
IDKunaKuna Idaho
East Stake
8625 S Linder Rd
Kuna, ID
Thursday
Oct 5
IDRigbyRigby Idaho
South Stake
106 N 3800 E
Rigby, ID
Wednesday
Aug 23
ILWoodridgeNaperville
Illinois Stake - 
Woodbridge Bldg
7201 Woodbridge Dr
Woodbridge, IL
Thursday
Sep 14
INIndianapolisIndianapolis
Indiana Stake
900 E Stop 11 Rd
Indianapolis, IN
Wednesday
Oct 11
KYCrestwoodCrestwood
Kentucky Stake
6401 Westwind Way
Crestwood, KY
Thursday
Oct 12
MNNew BrightonSt. Paul
Minnesota Stake
100 Silver Lake Rd
New Brighton, MN
Tuesday
Sep 12
MOSt. LouisSt. Louis
Missouri Stake -
Frontenac Bldg
10445 Clayton Rd
Frontenac, MO
Tuesday
Oct 10
NCApexApex North 
Carolina Stake
590 Bryan Dr
Apex, NC
Thursday
Oct 19
TXAustinAustin Texas
Stake
1000 E Rutherford Ln
Austin, TX
Wednesday
Sep 6
TXFriscoFrisco Texas
Stake
11000 Eldorado Pkwy
Frisco, TX
Thursday
Sep 7
TXSpringKlein Texas
Stake
16535 Kleinwood Dr
Spring, Texas
Tuesday
Sep 5
VAOaktonOakton Virginia
Stake
2719 Hunter Mill Rd
Oakton, VA
Tuesday
Oct 17
VARichmondRichmond
Virginia Stake
2500 Pump Rd
Richmond, VA
Wednesday
Oct 18
WABellevueBellevue
Washington
South Stake
15205 SE 28th St
Bellevue, WA
Wednesday
Sep 20
WAEverettEverett
Washington Stake
9509 19th Ave SE
Everett, WA
Thursday
Sep 21
WAKennewickKennewick
Washington
East Stake
515 S Union St
Kennewick, WA
Thursday
Sep 14
WAMoses LakeMoses Lake 
Washington Stake
1515 S Division St
Moses Lake, WA
Wednesday
Sep 13
WASpokaneSpokane
Washington Stake
1620 E 29th Ave
Spokane, WA
Tuesday
Sep 12
WATacomaTacoma
Washington
North Stake
1102 S Pearl St
Tacoma, WA
Tuesday
Sep 19
WIMilwaukeeMilwaukee
Wisconsin
South Stake
9600 W Grange Ave
Hales Corners, WI
Wednesday
Sep 13
 
Why BYU

CES Honor Code

Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University - Hawaii, Brigham Young University - Idaho, and LDS Business College exist to provide an education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That atmosphere is created and preserved through commitment to conduct that reflects those ideals and principles. Members of the faculty, administration, staff, and student body at BYU, BYU - Hawaii, BYU - Idaho, and LDSBC are selected and retained from among those who voluntarily live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Observance of such is a specific condition of employment and admission. Those individuals who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are also expected to maintain the same standards of conduct (except church attendance.) All who represent BYU, BYU - Hawaii, BYU - Idaho, and LDSBC are to maintain the highest standards of honor, integrity, morality, and consideration of others in personal behavior. By accepting appointment on the faculty, continuing in employment, or continuing class enrollment, individuals evidence their commitment to observe the Honor Code standards approved by the Board of Trustees "at all times and . . . in all places" (Mosiah 18:9).

Read the full Honor Code statement here91.

 
Why BYU

Campus Tours

Whether you are a prospective BYU student or a family member of a BYU hopeful, there is nothing like actually visiting BYU to get a feel for all the things that make BYU great.

Visitors are always welcome on campus, and we invite you to participate in one of our personalized tours that are tailored for prospective students and their families.

If you are thinking about attending BYU and are interested in a personalized campus tour, please schedule one online by clicking here: tours.byu.edu92

Campus Tour

Tours should be scheduled prior to your visit. Tours leave on the hour and are available Monday through Friday. The first tour leaves at 9 a.m. and the final tour leaves at 4 p.m., with the exception of Tuesday at 11 a.m., when the campus is closed for the weekly university devotional.

Tours are 50 minutes long and include information on the admissions process, academic departments, overall campus life, financial aid, scholarships, and extracurricular opportunities.

Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour93 of campus and find your reason to be a part of the BYU experience and begin your application today!

 
Why BYU

Devotionals and Forums

University devotionals and forums form an inspirational and integral part of the university experience. These assemblies are occasions to celebrate the shared sense of community and values in the university. Participation in these gatherings will renew spiritual commitment and extend knowledge of significant religious, intellectual, and cultural matters.

Devotional speakers, selected from the leaders of the Church as well as the university personnel, come to teach the gospel and affirm the spiritual dimension of the university experience for students, faculty, and staff.

Forum speakers are noted authorities in the arts, sciences, humanities, media, and government. They are chosen for their contributions to their field and their ability to communicate their insights. Participation in these assemblies (and in the discussion sessions that may accompany them) prompts inquiry into an understanding of significant intellectual, cultural, and social issues.

Devotionals are held every Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. Most campus offices and services are closed during university devotionals and forums so that members of the university community may participate.

 
Why BYU

Honors Program

The BYU Honors Program offers exceptional opportunities for highly motivated students to pursue academic work that enhances their interests and abilities. The program is campus wide, encompassing all undergraduate colleges. 

The Honors Program is deeply committed to a liberal arts education, encouraging students to become immersed in great works of literature, art, music, theater, science, technology, and film. Most honors courses fulfill core requirements. These courses are taught in intentionally small class sections that offer students one-on-one discussions with some of the university-s most distinguished faculty. Additionally, honors students have the opportunity to complete a service project, to participate in Honors Program social activities, and to capstone their disciplinary focus with an honors thesis based on research or creative work within their specific major.

 
Why BYU

Nondiscrimination Statement

Brigham Young University (BYU) exists to provide an education consistent with the religious and family values taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Therefore admission preference is reserved for members of the Church in good standing; however, as required by federal law (including Title IX and Section 504), BYU does not unlawfully discriminate against applicants for admission or employment based upon sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, age, or disability who meet the requirements; who agree to abide by the Church Educational System Honor Code and Dress and Grooming Standards; and who are otherwise qualified based upon available space. Questions about Title IX may be referred to the university-s Title IX coordinator at 3500 WSC, 801-422-2130, or t9coordinator@byu.edu or to the U.S. Department of Education-s Office for Civil Rights. Questions about Section 504 may be referred to the university-s equal opportunity manager at D-282 ASB, 801-422-5895, or eo_manager@byu.edu.

 
Why BYU

Rankings and Recognitions

Here is a listing of several nation rankings and recognitions for BYU during 2014-2016:

RankCategoryRanking Institution
#1Yield: Accepted students who enrollU.S.News 2014
#1Accounting programWall Street Journal 2014
#2EntrepreneurshipForbes 2016
#2Nation's Most Popular UniversityU.S. News 2016
#3Undergraduate accountancy programU.S.News & World Report
#3Master's of Accountancy programPublic Accounting Report
#4Graduates with least debtU.S. News 2014
#5Top 5 public relations programPR Week Awards
#5Graduates who go on to earn doctoratesNORC/NSF/NIH
#9Undergraduate entrepreneurshipEntrepreneur
#10Best value schoolU.S. News 2014
#11Top-rated graduates by recruitersWall Street Journal
#17MBA programForbes
#25Best law libraryThe National Jurist
#27Undergraduate business programsU.S. News 2014
#30MBA programU.S. News 2014
#44Law SchoolU.S. News 2014
#66Best national universitiesU.S. News 2015


 
Why BYU

Study Abroad

One of the most exciting opportunities that BYU has to offer is its International Study Program. Students can choose from a variety of international experiences, with 116 programs in 57 countries, along with the option to create your own internship in the country of your choice. Administered through BYU's David M. Kennedy Center, International Study Programs include four options: Study Abroad, International Internships, International Field School, and Direct Enrollment. With so many options, the possibilities for doing a semester abroad are endless! To see a list of the programs available, visit the International Study Programs94 website.


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