International Acceptance Criteria

  • International Freshman

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 (Admissions.byu.edu/ces-honor-code). 
  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.