Comprehensive Admissions Review
To apply, you must:
- Be willing to adhere to the CES Honor Code
- Submit ACT or SAT score (if you have fewer than 24 college credits)
- Submit English Proficiency Score (If English is not your primary or native language)
- Submit full documentation of all required transcripts. See the Evaluating International Work page for more details.
- Provide evidence of financial ability
- Pay $35 application fee
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.
General Student Information
This part contains general student information, including:
- Application instructions
- Contact information
- 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.
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 here). 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 tool). 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.
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.
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 leadership and awards
- Community service/school leadership awards
- Church, community, or special needs service hours
- Performing arts
- Work experience
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.
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? page for more information.