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Brigham Young University (BYU) is an institute of higher learning located in the beautiful mountain region of Provo, Utah. It is dedicated to academic excellence and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is recognized for very strong programs in language, performing arts, sports and international studies.
Brigham Young University was established in 1875 as "Brigham Young Academy" in the current city of Provo. The campus was moved in 1891, and the name was changed to Brigham Young University in 1903. The original charge was that all teachings at the university should be rooted in scripture, and the integration of academics and faith in the gospel continues today.
The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints sponsors BYU, which is part of the Church Educational System.
Brigham Young University follows a semester calendar with fall and winter semesters, and shorter spring and summer "terms."
Colleges and Schools
The colleges and schools at Brigham Young University include:
- Marriott Business School
- Continuing Education
- McKay School of Education
- Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
- Family, Home and Social Sciences
- Fine Arts and Communications
- Graduate Studies
- Independent Study
- David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies
- Law School
- Life Sciences
- Physical and Mathematical Sciences
- Religious Education
- Undergraduate Education
Student Services at BYU include "Student Links," programs and organizations that help students to connect and become involved. These programs include BYUSA (Student Services Association), Campus Life Events, clubs, a graduate study society, international cinema, intramural sports, new student orientation, Outdoors Unlimited, service and learning opportunities, and more.
Other student services include an accessibility center, a book exchange and bookstore, the Center for Conflict Resolution, the Counseling & Career Center, Health Services, Wilkinson Student Center, Women's Services & Resources, and a selection of dining spots, among other amenities.
Brigham Young University offers various living on-campus living options for single and married students. Off-campus housing is also available from landlords who agree to abide by BYU's housing guidelines for students.
BYU's mascot is "Cosmo" the Cougar, and one of BYU's two traditional spirit songs is known as "The Cougar Song" or "The Cougar Fight Song." The other traditional spirit song from BYU is the "College Song for Brigham Young University."
There is a giant "Y" that stands on the mountain behind the BYU campus, which is lit for special occasions and events.
Brigham Young University has one of the top intercollegiate athletics programs in the country, with many national championships to its credit. The sports facilities at BYU are also top-notch, offering both indoor and outdoor training complexes and stadiums.
Intercollegiate sports at BYU include, but are not limited to:
Men's Sports Teams:
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
Women's Sports Teams:
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
BYU's main campus is in Provo, Utah, but there are many BYU continuing education and literacy programs, as well as seminaries and religious institutes, around the world.
BYU satellite campuses include:
- Laie, Hawaii
- Resburg, Idaho
- LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah
Provo, Utah and Provo Canyon are beautiful regional areas, offering much to see and do. There are many outdoor activities available, as well as musical concerts, films, museums and more.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may give you an idea of the applicants Brigham Young University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting into Brigham Young University.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
- Letters of Recommendation are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||26 - 33|
|ACT ® Math||25 - 30|
|ACT ® Composite Score||26 - 31|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into BYU
The table below lists the chances of getting into Brigham Young University.
|Granted Admissions||5,645 (49%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||4,427 (78%)|
Brigham Young University has a total student population of about 34,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 10% enrolling as graduate students and 90% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition is estimated to be around $5,200 per year for in-state and nonresident students
- Part time students pay in the range of $240 to $290 per unit
- The estimated cost for on campus dorms & meals is around $8,700
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||66%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||51%||$4,366|
|Receiving Student Loans||12%||$6,156|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 1%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Brigham Young University may offer services to students like:
- Online course work available
- Counseling assistance
- Student employment
- Employment search assistance
Brigham Young University has a high graduation rate when compared to other similar schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||31%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||22%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||25%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dietetics Program (more info)
- Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program (more info)
- Law Program (more info)
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
- Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
- Art and Design Program
- Dance Program (more info)
- Music Program (more info)
- Theatre Program
- Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program
BYU is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (West Coast Conference)
- Basketball (West Coast Conference)
- Track and Field (Other)
- Football (Other)
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
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