Brigham Young University (BYU) – Idaho

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School Overview

Brigham Young University – Idaho (known as BYU-Idaho or BYU-I), located in Rexburg, Idaho, was founded as a junior college but became a four-year institution in 2001. The private university is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Due to its affiliation, students are required to adhere to a strict honor code that mandates acceptable behavior including academic honesty, abstaining from alcohol and drug use, abstaining from premarital sex, and keeping clean dress and grooming standards. Approximately 99 percent of the school's 14,000 students are members of the LDS Church. It is not uncommon for students to take up to two years off from their studies to be missionaries for the Church.

BYU-ID's Spori Building

The Jacob Spori Building.

The parent organization of the school, the Church Educational System, also sponsors sister schools in both Hawaii and Utah. BYU-I is organized into six different colleges offering programs in the performing arts, management, agriculture, engineering, and liberal arts. The university focuses solely on undergraduate education with 17 associates and 70 bachelor's degree programs. The school uses a three-semester system for its programs. The semesters are also known as tracks; BYU-I’s funding by the LDS Church makes tuition much lower than it would be at similar private institutions.

Internships are a major part of an education at BYU-I. One of the nation’s largest intern-providing institutions, the school sends students around the globe each semester to gain practical experience via hands-on opportunities.


BYU-I is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Online Degrees and Programs. The school offers bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, and certificate programs online.

Degree Programs

Bachelor’s degrees include applied management, nursing, healthcare administration, and university studies. Associate programs include family history research, general studies, administrative assistant/office management, and web design and development. Certificates are available in fields including information systems, professional sales, basic accounting, and web media.

While students come from all 50 states and more than 50 countries, nearly 40 percent of those students hail from the state of Idaho. In addition, 10 percent are from Utah, 10 percent from California, 8 percent from Washington and 6 percent from New Mexico. An overwhelming majority – 91 percent – are Caucasian, with Hispanics as the largest minority group.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

The school is divided into thirty-seven departments, which operate within six separate colleges:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Business and Communication
  • College of Language and Letters
  • College of Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Performing and Visual Arts

Financial Aid

Because of the funding it receives from the LDS Church, BYU-I tuition is relatively low. However, financial aid options are still available and include merit and need-based scholarships, and federal grants and loans.

Financial aid funds are earmarked for education expenses. These include:

  • Tuition and class-based fees
  • Books and school supplies
  • Outstanding school balances
  • Living expenses
  • Food
  • Travel
  • Insurance


Since its switch to a four-year college, BYU-I has only intramural college sports rather than intercollegiate teams. Each sport includes a variety of teams from around the university and the teams play each other throughout the year, even holding playoffs and championships.

Teams were previously known as the Vikings. The intercollegiate athletics program ran from 1919 to 2002, with teams playing in the National Junior College Athletic Association. They won 17 national titles, 61 individual national titles and produced nearly 100 first-team All-Americans. Major players included women’s cross country, men’s cross country and women’s volleyball.


BYU-ID Jazz Combos class performs

Students from the BYU-Idaho Jazz Combos class performing at a local club.

Single students under the age of 30 are required to live in an approved form of housing unless they live with their parents. Those students seeking to live with other relatives must apply for an exemption. Both on-campus apartments and housing units for married couples are available.

Housing consists of several options:

  • On-campus apartments
  • Off-campus apartments
  • Married student housing
  • Remote student housing

Two different layout options are available for men: Lamprecht (a two-bedroom furnished apartment with four beds, kitchen, living room and bathroom) and Chapman (a three-bedroom furnished apartment with six beds, living room, and bathroom). Women’s apartments have similar floor plans, offered in four buildings: Perkins, Kerr, Barnes, and Ricks. BYU-I also connects students to approved off-campus housing. Married students are housed in University Village.

Brigham Young University-Idaho Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (208) 496-1411
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 525 S Center, Rexburg, ID 83460-1690
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 39,145
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 51%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 11,605 (30% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $4,208
Out-of-state Tuition: $4,208
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 61%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,899

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Brigham Young University-Idaho Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 36
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 26
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 44
Education 116
Engineering 5
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 23
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 26
History 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Physical Sciences 4
Precision Production 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 15
Grand total 1880

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Brigham Young University-Idaho and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $4,208
Out-of-state $4,208
Books and supplies $400

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,387 61%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,816 46% $4,899
Student loan aid 872 22% $6,175

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 23,867 56% $5,369
Federal student loans 7,426 18% $7,684

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Brigham Young University-Idaho. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Brigham Young University-Idaho students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 9,762 3,925 5,837
Percent admitted 100% 95% 97%
Percent admitted who enrolled 53% 54% 53%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Brigham Young University-Idaho Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 39,145
Undergraduate enrollment 39,145
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Brigham Young University-Idaho Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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