Students Say

Brigham Young University is a Mormon school that’s “all about putting religion and education together” and learning “about secular subjects through spiritual eyes.”

Overview

Applicants
11,078
Acceptance Rate
47%
Average HS GPA
3.81

GPA Breakdown

73%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 690
SAT Math
580 - 680
ACT Composite
27 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Overall

Students Say

Brigham Young University is a Mormon school that’s “all about putting religion and education together” and learning “about secular subjects through spiritual eyes.” The school provides a “high-quality” education in a “challenging” academic atmosphere. Students at Brigham Young strive for academic excellence. As one student explains, “Brigham Young pushes us to realize that our ‘best’ can be a lot better than we ever dreamed, and I love that!” The school offers a wide range of majors, and its education, business, and mathematics programs get great reviews, as does their language program. Classes are generally a “healthy mix of discussion and lecture,” and the education classes in particular have “a lot of group work.” The school doesn’t focus only on classroom learning, however. “Hands-on experience, internships, and study abroad are highly encouraged,” and many students take advantage of these opportunities. There are also “tons of undergraduate research opportunities.” Professors are “passionate about what they’re teaching,” and they “really care about their students’ success.” Another adds, “Professors really do take a genuine interest in their students,” and “The vast majority are also very willing to help out students individually.” While students at Brigham Young appreciate the academic attention they receive from professors, they also like that it “is committed to spiritual and academic learning for the benefit and betterment of everyone” and that they’re being taught to “pursue lifelong learning and service.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,741
with Terminal Degree
1,322

1,186
Men
555
Women
105
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
29%
Graduate in 5 years
53%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Crop Production
  • Food Science
  • Food Technology and Processing
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
  • Soil Sciences, Other

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • German Studies
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physiology, General
  • Wildlife Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Statistics
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other
  • Information Resources Management/CIO Training
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Journalism

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Speech and Rhetorical Studies

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Facilities Planning and Management
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Family Systems
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Korean Language and Literature
  • Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

  • History

  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General
  • Statistics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Personality Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Archeology
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Geography, Other
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Photography
  • Piano and Organ
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Alan Ashton
Founder of Word Perfect

Ezra T. Benson
U.S. Secretary of Agric. under Pres. Eisenhower

Ariel Bybee
Mezzo-Sop with NY Metropolican Opera

Jane Clayson
Emmy award-winning broadcaster

Harvey Fletcher
Father of stereophonic sound

Stephen R. Covey
Founder of Covey Leadership Foundation, author

Mitt Romney
Pres of SLOC; Gov. of Mass.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
67
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

The cost of BYU depends on your religious affiliation. LDS members pay $5,000 a year while members of any other church pay roughly double that amount. Room, board, books, and supplies will bring those totals to just over $13,300 for LDS members and about $18,300 for non-LDS students.

Bang For Your Buck

Tuition is affordable, especially if you are an LDS member. BYU cuts tuition in half for LDS members, claiming it is the equivalent of in-state tuition for state universities. In addition, BYU offers about one quarter of their incoming freshmen academic scholarships of varying amounts. These scholarships are mostly paid for by tithes on LDS church members. The scholarships do not renew, but instead are awarded on a yearly basis. Students must apply every year, which also means that you may receive a scholarship in later years even if you do not get one initially. Students may also apply for federal grants and loans.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,428

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,897

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,215

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$14,021

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
26%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$2,816

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$10,000
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$992

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,762

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Brigham Young has an extremely conservative “Honor Code” derived from the Mormon Church that requires, among other things, abstinence from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea, as well as “inappropriate” “sexual activity, including sex outside of marriage and homosexuality.” The Honor Code is a plus for students seeking a like-minded peer group, such as this art education student who “didn’t want to have to worry about walking in on my roommate sleeping with someone or have to hold her head up while she was puking her guts out into the toilet.” The Honor Code also demands honesty and respect for others, which means the student body is “friendly, outgoing,” and “concerned for others.” Students are “smart and very confident in their intelligence,” as well as “hardworking” and “goal-oriented.” Mormon traditions mean that 25 percent of students are married, and people appreciate that “the school caters…really well to the average Latter-day Saint student coming in and working with those wanting to get married [or] go on missions.” Marriage is definitely on many people’s minds. A family studies major notes, “We are constantly encouraged to date.” People generally think that “students mesh together well and it is easy to make new friends,” though one concedes, “I can see how it could be hard to fit in if you are not used to the Mormon culture or beliefs.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
27,163
Out of State
67%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
121

Demographics

45% female
55% male
67% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students at Brigham Young love the “atmosphere of spirituality that unites everyone” and “the kindness of those around you.” Brigham Young provides a “safe environment,” but students “still get to have real-world experiences.” Recreationally, “There are multiple clubs across campus to fit the taste of different people,” “tons of…performing events,” and “fun student body activities, which are cheap.” There are also “exceptional weekly devotions and forums.” Brigham Young’s athletics are well-supported and are a place where “students love to have fun.” Students rave about the library and the “Adlab,” but more than anything they appreciate that there are “good people everywhere you go.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
19%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
90
First-Year Students living on campus
79%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
66

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Michael Brooks

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational Evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Current diagnosis from a qualified professional

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
390
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
25

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Cougars)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Cougars)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
10

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
105

Average Number of PC's per Lab
36

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, Compaq/HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jacob Hicks
Campus Visits Manager

Address
Brigham Young University
206 HC
Provo, UT 84602

Phone
(801)422-4431

Email
campus_visits @byu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
The Museum of Art
Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni & Visitors Cen
Harold B. Lee Library
Wilkinson Student Center
Some of the popular places on campus are the HFAC theatres and music halls, the Creamery on 9th, and the Marriott Center (where weekly devotionals and forums as well as sports events are held). Campus highlights also include BYU's new Student Athlete Building houses the impressive Legacy Hall (BYU sports Hall of Fame) and the popular Legends Grille, the very large (athletic teams')Indoor Practice Facility is completed, the newly remodeled Brimhall Building is housing the Communications Department, and the new Joseph F. Smith Building (which replaced the Smith Family Living Center) has been completed and now houses the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Sundance Ski Resort
Mt. Timpanogus
Provo City Library (formerly Brigham Young Academy
Seven Peaks Resort Water Park
Y Mountain
Very popular places off campus include Dawgs, Muse Music, Comedy Sports, and Movies 8 (a dollar theater). Popular restaurants close to campus include Cafe Rio, the Brick Oven and the BYU Creamery. The Creamery's homeade ice cream is a must. We recommend taking some time to walk around the nearby Provo Temple and along Provo's Center Street where there are a number of interesting buildings (including the original BY Academy building restored and now serving as the Provo City Library), shops and restaurants. For nature lovers, the mountain range, river and canyons above Provo and the reservoir 30 miles east near beautiful Heber Valley will prove very inviting and satisfying.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-4pm
(801)422-4431

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
When agreed upon

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
mens_athletics@byu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Salt Lake City International Airport is about 45 miles north of campus. Either prior to or upon your arrival at the airport, arrangements for transportation to Provo can be made for taxis, Key Limousines, Utah Transit Authority service (bus and rail system) and rental cars. In addition, both Salt Lake and Provo have a Greyhound bus station and an Amtrax train station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Coming from the north (heading south) on I-15, take Exit 272 and continue east on University Parkway (Utah Rte. 265/12th South Street) to University Avenue (U.S. 189) in Provo. Enter campus from there either by continuing to the east for two more blocks and turning right at the Marriott Center or by turning right onto University Avenue for one block before turning left (east) and entering campus on 1230 North (Bulldog Avenue becomes Campus Drive once you're on the hill), at which point you'll be on campus near the Administration Building. If you are coming from the south on I-15, take Exit 266 and head north on University Avenue (U.S. 189) to 1230 North (Bulldog Avenue), turn right (east) and enter campus on the hill near the Administration Building.

Local Accommodations
Provo offers a number of accommodations in close proximity to BYU's campus and other local attractions. Some of the budget hotels located close to campus include: Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Marriott's Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn. Also located within a few miles of campus are a Best Western Cotton Tree Inn, the Provo Marriott Hotel/Conference Center and the Hines Mansion.
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Key Stats

11,078
Applicants
27,163
Size
47%
Acceptance Rate
1260
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists