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Brigham Young University, Provo

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Brigham Young University, Provo

Overlooking the north part of campus including the bell tower and wasatch mountains in the background.

Brigham Young University (BYU) is located in Provo, Utah. It is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. It is the third largest private university in the United States. BYU offers an education considered to be on par with Ivy League schools. The Mormons’ emphasis on missions has led to an emphasis on foreign languages, making BYU one of the most multilingual college universities worldwide. BYU has two other locations: one in Salt Lake City and another in Jerusalem, as well as two sister schools in Idaho and Hawaii. BYU offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, and first professional degrees.

Admissions Information

Those interested in attending BYU should submit the following admissions requirements: secondary school GPA, rank, and record, recommendations, SAT/ACT scores, TOEFL, and a $30 application fee.

BYU has over 30,000 undergraduate students. Typically, 83 percent of freshmen return for sophomore year.

College Majors

BYU has considerable undergraduate and graduate options. You can choose from a wide range of programs, ranging from physical sciences and agriculture to business, management, engineering, social sciences, and law.

Undergraduate Programs

BYU undergraduates can choose from any of the following programs:
  • Agriculture & Related Sciences
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
  • Arts, Visual Performing
  • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, & Marketing
  • Communications Technologies
  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language & Literature
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
  • History
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources & Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation & FitnessPhilosophy & Religion
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration & Services
  • Social Sciences

Graduate Programs

BYU offers 70 master’s degrees and 25 doctoral programs. Graduates can pursue a Master’s in Agriculture, Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Business, Communication and Journalism Programs and Administration, and Management, Marketing etc., to name a few. Doctoral degrees are available in Education, Engineering, Legal and Law Studies, and more.

Online Degrees and Programs

The Eyring Science Center houses a planetarium, an anechoic chamber and a Foucault pendulum.

If you find that the traditional full-time college schedule does not fit your lifestyle, then BYU’s Independent Study courses may be just what you need. BYU offers more than 500 online courses. Teacher-led courses are interactive, allowing distance students to receive one-on-one mentoring. For those who prefer the more traditional method of earning an education, a student can choose the Paper Course, which consists of a printed course packet along with online access.

Rankings

According to The U.S. News & World Report, BYU was ranked #1 in 2010 for accepted students who enrolled. The Wall Street Journal ranked BYU’s accounting program as #1 according to recruiters. The Bloomberg Business Week ranked BYU as #1 return on tuition for private schools in the area of business.

Accreditation

BYU is accredited by the NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities). Certain BYU professional programs have accreditation from specific associations and boards.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

BYU offers vast educational options through its eleven academic colleges and schools:
  • Business (Marriott School of Management)
  • David O. McKay School of Education
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Family, Home and Social Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts and Communications
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Life SciencesCollege of Nursing
  • College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Religious Education
Further resources are provided through the following departments:
  • Continuing Education
  • Graduate Studies
  • David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies
  • Undergraduate Education

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Tuition is relatively inexpensive when compared to other private universities. Students who qualify can take advantage of federal or Pell grants. Scholarships, federal loans, and other student loans are also readily available.

Library System

The Harold B. Lee Library is consistently ranked among the top ten in the nation, with a No. 1 ranking in 2004 by The Princeton Review.

The Harold B. Lee Library is BYU’s house of information. The home page of the library lists extensive materials available, such as eBooks, journals, maps & gazetteers, online databases and music scores. If a particular source or book cannot be found in the Harold B Lee Library, the interlibrary loan system allows a student to request that particular item from a participating library. The library also provides various other services, such as graduate assistance on theses and dissertations, library instruction classes, and family history classes. Students can reserve a study room; computer and multimedia labs are also available.

Athletics

BYU has both intramural and extramural sports. The men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. The women’s sports are basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. BYU competes at the Division I level in the NCAA. BYU’s athletes are knows as the BYU Cougars, and have won a combined 10 NCAA titles. BYU also has an independent football team that won a national championship title in 1984. 75 Cougar athletes have gone on to participate in the Olympics in 12 different sports.

Student Housing

BYU offers on-campus housing. Helaman Halls provides the more traditional room and board accommodations. Students living in Helaman Halls choose one of three meal plans, since rooms do not include a full kitchen. Heritage Halls offers apartment-style living for students. Students living in these types of quarters can choose between meal plans or doing home cooking. Wyview Park is another on-campus housing that is apartment-style. These apartments are completely furnished, and the rental payments include all utilities with the exception of electricity. The Foreign Language Student Residence is a unique living opportunity for those working towards learning a foreign language. The Wymount Terrace provides housing for students with families.

General Information

Admission Office
A-41ASB, BYU
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-2507
Fax: (801) 422-0005
admissions@byu.edu
Contact: Tom Gourley
Director of Admissions
Main Address
A-209 ASB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-1211
www.byu.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 30,912
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,665
Degree-seeking undergrads: 30,912
Graduate enrollment: 2,892

Setting
Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 - 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $3,840 $4,080 $4,290 $4,420 +3.03%
Books and Supplies $1,170 $1,000 $1,000 $900 -10.00%
Living Arrangement - On Campus




Room and Board $6,460 $6,550 $6,840 $7,120 +4.09%
Other $3,888 $3,700 $3,700 $3,320 -10.27%
Living Arrangement - Off Campus




Room and Board $6,460 $6,550 $6,840 $7,120 +4.09%
Other $3,888 $3,700 $3,700 $3,320 -10.27%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $15,358 $15,330 $15,830 $15,760 -0.44%
In-state Off Campus $15,358 $15,330 $15,830 $15,760 -0.44%
In-state with Family $5,010 $5,080 $5,290 $5,320 +0.57%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $5,580
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $5,580
Out-of-state Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,002 65%

Grant or scholarship aid 2,827 62% $11,561,927 $4,090
- Federal grants 409 9% $1,566,998 $3,831
- Pell grants 409 9% $1,372,923 $3,357
- Other federal grants 269 6% $194,075 $721
State/local government grant or scholarships 0 0% $0
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,707 59% $9,994,929 $3,692
Student loan aid 458 10% $2,298,636 $5,019
- Federal student loans 455 10% $2,235,176 $4,912
- Other student loans 10 0% $63,460 $6,346

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 6899 1074 211 - 31
Agriculture 78 2 - - -
Agricultural Business and Management 1 - - - -
Agronomy and Crop Science 1 - - - -
Applied Horticulture/horticulture Operations 1 - - - -
Crop Production 1 - - - -
Dairy Husbandry and Production - 1 - - -
Food Science 22 1 - - -
Food Technology and Processing 7 - - - -
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 33 - - - -
Soil Sciences, Other 12 - - - -
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 106 - - - -
American/united States Studies/civilization 39 - - - -
Asian Studies/civilization 16 - - - -
German Studies 8 - - - -
Latin American Studies 33 - - - -
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 10 - - - -
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 755 16 8 - -
Biochemistry 28 1 3 - -
Bioinformatics 11 - - - -
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 150 - - - -
Biophysics 10 - - - -
Biostatistics 3 - - - -
Biotechnology 25 5 - - -
Botany/plant Biology 4 - 1 - -
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 18 6 - - -
Exercise Physiology 318 - - - -
Microbiology 23 - 1 - -
Molecular Biology 17 1 1 - -
Neuroscience 61 1 1 - -
Physiology 62 2 1 - -
Wildlife Biology 22 - - - -
Zoology/animal Biology 3 - - - -
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 996 421 - - -
Accounting 186 98 - - -
Accounting and Related Services, Other 54 60 - - -
Actuarial Science 14 - - - -
Business Administration and Management 79 218 - - -
Business Statistics 4 - - - -
Business/commerce 28 - - - -
Business/managerial Economics 24 - - - -
Construction Management 103 2 - - -
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 36 - - - -
Finance 219 - - - -
Financial Planning and Services 6 - - - -
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 61 - - - -
Human Resources Development 1 - - - -
Information Resources Management 43 43 - - -
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 32 - - - -
Marketing/marketing Management 82 - - - -
Organizational Behavior Studies 24 - - - -
Communication and Journalism Programs 205 15 - - -
Advertising 94 - - - -
Broadcast Journalism 1 - - - -
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 24 - - - -
Journalism 86 - - - -
Mass Communication/media Studies - 15 - - -
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 24 - - - -
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 19 - - - -
Recording Arts Technology/technician 5 - - - -
Computing and Information Sciences 163 25 4 - -
Computer Graphics 4 - - - -
Computer Science 67 20 4 - -
Information Technology 92 5 - - -
Education 604 94 14 - 31
Biology Teacher Education 16 - - - -
Chemistry Teacher Education 2 - - - -
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services - - 4 - -
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 16 - - - -
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 36 - - - -
Educational Leadership and Administration - 29 3 - -
Educational Statistics and Research Methods - - 1 - -
Educational/instructional Technology - 7 6 - -
Elementary Education and Teaching 227 - - - -
English/language Arts Teacher Education 44 - - - -
Family and Consumer Sciences/home Economics Teacher Education 19 - - - -
French Language Teacher Education 6 - - - -
German Language Teacher Education 1 - - - -
Health Teacher Education 15 - - - -
History Teacher Education 31 - - - -
Mathematics Teacher Education 38 2 - - -
Music Teacher Education 18 2 - - -
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 18 3 - - -
Physics Teacher Education 5 - - - -
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 6 - - - -
Social Science Teacher Education 28 - - - -
Spanish Language Teacher Education 14 2 - - -
Special Education and Teaching 54 2 - - -
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 9 3 - - -
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 1 - - - -
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels - 5 - - -
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor - 38 - - 31
Teaching French As A Second or Foreign Language - 1 - - -
Engineering 418 86 12 - -
Chemical Engineering 49 3 1 - -
Civil Engineering 75 38 - - -
Computer Engineering 31 - - - -
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 62 12 9 - -
Manufacturing Engineering 60 3 - - -
Mechanical Engineering 141 30 2 - -
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 266 31 - - -
Creative Writing - 8 - - -
English Language and Literature 266 23 - - -
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 448 29 - - -
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6 - - - -
Arabic Language and Literature 34 - - - -
Chinese Language and Literature 31 1 - - -
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5 - - - -
Comparative Literature 9 - - - -
French Language and Literature 29 6 - - -
German Language and Literature 12 - - - -
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3 - - - -
Italian Language and Literature 17 - - - -
Japanese Language and Literature 17 2 - - -
Korean Language and Literature 10 - - - -
Language Interpretation and Translation 12 - - - -
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 42 5 - - -
Linguistics 71 4 - - -
Portuguese Language and Literature 18 3 - - -
Russian Language and Literature 58 1 - - -
Spanish Language and Literature 74 7 - - -
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 329 44 1 - -
Athletic Training/trainer 19 2 - - -
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 91 - - - -
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 23 - - - -
Dietetics/dietitian 34 - - - -
Family Practice Nurse/nursing - 13 - - -
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling - 8 1 - -
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 106 - - - -
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist - 21 - - -
Therapeutic Recreation/recreational Therapy 55 - - - -
Veterinary/animal Health Technology/technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 - - - -
History 158 5 - - -
History 145 5 - - -
History, Other 13 - - - -
Human Services 49 136 - - -
Public Administration - 88 - - -
Public Policy Analysis - 5 - - -
Social Work 49 43 - - -
Legal and Law Studies - 8 141 - -
Law - - 141 - -
Programs For Foreign Lawyers - 8 - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21 1 - - -
Humanities/humanistic Studies 12 1 - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 9 - - - -
Mathematics and Statistics 50 21 1 - -
Mathematics 39 13 1 - -
Statistics 1 8 - - -
Statistics, Other 10 - - - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 19 3 - - -
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 2 - - -
Nutrition Sciences 18 1 - - -
Natural Resources and Conservation - 7 2 - -
Environmental Science - 1 - - -
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management - 6 2 - -
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 295 32 4 - -
Health and Physical Education/fitness 99 27 2 - -
Health and Physical Education/fitness, Other 111 - - - -
Kinesiology and Exercise Science - - 2 - -
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 78 - - - -
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other 7 5 - - -
Physical Sciences 72 16 6 - -
Astronomy 5 - - - -
Chemistry 13 6 4 - -
Geology and Earth Science 16 6 - - -
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 1 - - - -
Physics 23 4 2 - -
Physics, Other 14 - - - -
Psychology 344 23 17 - -
Clinical Psychology - - 6 - -
Personality Psychology 24 - - - -
Psychology 320 12 11 - -
School Psychology - 11 - - -
Social Sciences 683 10 - - -
Anthropology 19 3 - - -
Anthropology, Other 4 - - - -
Archeology 15 - - - -
Economics 180 - - - -
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 8 - - - -
Geography 29 1 - - -
Geography, Other 84 - - - -
International Relations and Affairs 65 - - - -
Political Science and Government 154 - - - -
Social Sciences 1 - - - -
Sociology 124 6 - - -
Theology and Religious Vocations - 8 - - -
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other - 7 - - -
Religious Education - 1 - - -
Visual and Performing Arts 367 36 - - -
Acting 8 - - - -
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 36 5 - - -
Art/art Studies 15 1 - - -
Ballet 2 - - - -
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics - 1 - - -
Cinematography and Film/video Production 1 - - - -
Conducting - 4 - - -
Dance 10 - - - -
Dance, Other 1 - - - -
Design and Visual Communications 43 - - - -
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 34 - - - -
Film/cinema/video Studies 55 7 - - -
Fine/studio Arts 22 2 - - -
Graphic Design 11 - - - -
Illustration 12 - - - -
Industrial and Product Design 15 - - - -
Keyboard Instruments 11 - - - -
Music History, Literature, and Theory 3 - - - -
Music Performance 9 10 - - -
Music Theory and Composition 4 1 - - -
Music 20 - - - -
Music, Other 16 - - - -
Musicology and Ethnomusicology - 3 - - -
Photography 7 - - - -
Sculpture - 2 - - -
Stringed Instruments 12 - - - -
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 7 - - - -
Voice and Opera 13 - - - -
Work and Family Studies 449 5 1 - -
Facilities Planning and Management 19 - - - -
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 335 5 1 - -
Family Systems 17 - - - -
Human Development and Family Studies 78 - - - -
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates
Avg. percent applicants admitted: 64%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 83%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 11,238
Percent Admitted: 63%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 80%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 570 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 580 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 540 (25th Percentile)
  • 650 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 30 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 25 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Crop Production B
Food Science B
Food Technology/Processing B
Landscaping B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
European Studies B
German Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Acting B
Art - General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ballet B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Industrial Design B
Jazz Studies B
Media music studies B
Music - General B
Music - General Performance B
Music - Piano/Organ B
Music - Voice/Opera B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Musical theater B
Photography B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Bioinformatics B
Biology B
Biophysics B
Biostatistics B
Biotechnology B
Botany B
Conservation Biology B
Exercise Physiology B
Integrative biology B
Microbiology B
Molecular Biology B
Physiology B
Wildlife Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business - General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business Statistics B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Construction Management B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Planning B
Information Resources Management B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Communications Technologies
Animation/Special Effects B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Information Technology B

Education
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Earth and space science teacher education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences - Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Latin Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

Engineering
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering - General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature - General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Facilities/Event Planning B
Family Systems B
Family/Consumer Sciences - General B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages B
Arabic B
Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
Foreign Language & Literature - General B
French B
German B
Germanic Languages B
Greek, Ancient B
Italian B
Japanese B
Korean B
Language Interpretation/Translation B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Portuguese B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B
Public Health Education B
Recreational Therapy B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History
Family history; genealogy B
History - General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities B

Mathematics
Mathematics - General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Neuroscience B
Nutrition Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness - General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Applied Physics B
Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
HydrologyWater Resources B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology - General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Cartography B
Economics B
Geography B
Geography: environmental studies emphasis B
Geography: geospatial intelligence emphasis B
Geography: urban, rural, and environmental planning emphasis B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.
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