Brigham Young University (BYU) – Utah

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Brigham Young University (BYU) Utah campus

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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, Utah (BYU Continuing Education Salt Lake Center–for non-degree seeking students), and another in Jerusalem, Israel (Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies), as well as two sister schools – BYU Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho and BYU Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii. BYU offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, and professional degrees.

Admissions Information

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

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

College Majors

BYU has considerable undergraduate and graduate options. You can choose from programs that range 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 and 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 & Fitness
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration & Services
  • Social Sciences

Graduate Programs

BYU offers 70 master’s degrees and 25 doctoral programs. Candidates can pursue a Master’s in: Agriculture; Biology and Biomedical Sciences; Business; Communication and Journalism; Business Administration; Management; and Marketing. Doctoral degrees are available in: Education; Engineering; Legal and Law Studies; Educational Inquiry, Measurement and Evaluation; Integrative Biology; and Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation.

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

BYU Online Degrees and Programs

If you find that the traditional full-time college schedule does not fit your lifestyle, then you might be interested in BYU online courses offered in the BYU Independent Study program or the BYU Online program. In both programs, 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.

BYU Online Program

On-campus enrolled BYU students can take some college courses online through a semester-based program, known as BYU Online. Some courses in the program are completely online, while others are a hybrid and require varying degrees of on-campus attendance. Courses in the BYU Online program start at the beginning of the semester and have several due dates throughout the semester to help you complete coursework on time. TA support is available to those enrolled in BYU Online courses.

Learn more and sign up for BYU Online courses here.

BYU Independent Study Program

Independent Study – High School Credit: From accounting, mathematics, and theater and media arts, there are over 500 courses offered in the BYU Independent Study program. These BYU online courses are available worldwide to high school and college students as well as anyone who wants to learn something new.

Independent Study – Bachelor’s Program: BYU Independent Study also offers a Bachelor of General Studies program, which allows former BYU students the ability to finish their college degree if they started at the university. Unfortunately, the only major is general studies, but students can specialize in any of the following six areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • English
  • Family Life
  • History (Family History Track)
  • History (History Track)
  • Management
  • Psychology

Learn more about BYU Independent Study, here.

BYU Online vs. BYU Independent Study

BYU Online courses differ from those offered in the BYU Independent Study program in that they follow a semester schedule and have class limits, while Independent Study courses allow up to a year for completion and have no enrollment caps. Another key difference is that BYU Online courses are included in BYU tuition if you are going to school full- or part-time, while Independent Study courses charge a separate cost.


According to 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.


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:

  • Marriott School of Business
  • 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 Sciences
  • College 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.

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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.

Library System

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 assistants on theses and dissertations, library instruction classes, and family history classes. Students can reserve a study room; computer and multimedia labs are also available.


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 known as the Cougars, and have won a combined 10 NCAA titles. BYU’s football team 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
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-2507
Fax: (801) 422-0005
[email protected]
Contact: Tom Gourley
Director of Admissions


A-209 ASB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-1211

Total undergrads: 30,912
First-time degree-seeking
freshmen: 4,665
Degree-seeking undergrads: 30,912
Graduate enrollment: 2,892
Degrees offered:
Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Tuition & Fees

Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$4,710$4,850$5,000$5,1503.0%
Books and supplies$972$992$1,008$800-20.6%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,200$7,250$7,330$7,3300.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,200$7,250$7,330$7,3300.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$17,470$17,496$17,818$17,718-0.6%
Off Campus$17,470$17,496$17,818$17,760-0.3%
Off Campus with Family$9,568$9,528$9,758$9,700-0.6%

Financial Aid

Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per
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
269 6% $194,075 $721
government grant or scholarships
0 0% $0
grants or scholarships
2,707 59% $9,994,929 $3,692
Student loan aid 458 10% $2,298,636 $5,019
– Federal student
455 10% $2,235,176 $4,912
– Other student
10 0% $63,460 $6,346

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most
Recent Year
Total of All Education Programs 6899 1074 211 31
Agriculture 78 2
Agricultural Business and
Agronomy and Crop Science 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
American/United States
Asian Studies/Civilization 16
German Studies 8
Latin American Studies 33
Russian, Central European, East
European and Eurasian Studies
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 755 16 8
Biochemistry 28 1 3
Bioinformatics 11
Biology and Biological
Sciences, General
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
79 218
Business Statistics 4
Business/Commerce 28
Business/Managerial Economics 24
Construction Management 103 2
Finance 219
Financial Planning and Services 6
General Merchandising, Sales,
and Related Marketing Operations,
Human Resources Development 1
Information Resources
43 43
Logistics, Materials, and
Supply Chain Management
Marketing/Marketing Management 82
Organizational Behavior Studies 24
Communication and Journalism
205 15
Advertising 94
Broadcast Journalism 1
Communication, Journalism, and
Related Programs, Other
Journalism 86
Mass Communication/Media
Technologies/Technicians and
Support Services
Animation, Interactive
Technology, Video Graphics and
Special Effects
Recording Arts
Computing and Information
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
Drama and Dance Teacher
Early Childhood Education and
Educational Leadership and
29 3
Educational Statistics and
Research Methods
7 6
Elementary Education and
English/Language Arts Teacher
Family and Consumer
Sciences/Home Economics Teacher
French Language Teacher
German Language Teacher
Health Teacher Education 15
History Teacher Education 31
Mathematics Teacher Education 38 2
Music Teacher Education 18 2
Physical Education Teaching and
18 3
Physics Teacher Education 5
Science Teacher
Education/General Science Teacher
Social Science Teacher
Spanish Language Teacher
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
Teacher Education, Multiple
Teaching English as a Second or
Foreign Language/ESL Language
38 31
Teaching French as a Second or
Foreign Language
Engineering 418 86 12
Chemical Engineering 49 3 1
Civil Engineering 75 38
Computer Engineering 31
Electrical and Electronics
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
Arabic Language and Literature 34
Chinese Language and Literature 31 1
Classics and Classical
Languages, Literatures, and
Comparative Literature 9
French Language and Literature 29 6
German Language and Literature 12
Germanic Languages,
Literatures, and Linguistics
Italian Language and Literature 17
Japanese Language and
17 2
Korean Language and Literature 10
Language Interpretation and
Linguistic, Comparative, and
Related Language Studies and
Services, Other
42 5
Linguistics 71 4
Portuguese Language and
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
Clinical Laboratory
Dietetics/Dietitian 34
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 13
Marriage and Family
8 1
Registered Nursing/Registered
Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Veterinary/Animal Health
Technology/Technician and
Veterinary Assistant
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,
Mathematics and Statistics 50 21 1
Mathematics 39 13 1
Statistics 1 8
Statistics, Other 10
19 3
Biological and Physical
1 2
Nutrition Sciences 18 1
Natural Resources and
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
99 27 2
Health and Physical
Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise
Parks, Recreation and Leisure
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
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
Archaeology 15
Economics 180
Geographic Information Science
and Cartography
Geography 29 1
Geography, Other 84
International Relations and
Political Science and
Social Sciences 1
Sociology 124 6
Theology and Religious
Pastoral Counseling and
Specialized Ministries, Other
Religious Education 1
Visual and Performing Arts 367 36
Acting 8
Art History, Criticism and
36 5
Art/Art Studies 15 1
Ballet 2
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 1
Cinematography and Film/Video
Conducting 4
Dance 10
Dance, Other 1
Design and Visual
Drama and Dramatics/Theater
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
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,
Voice and Opera 13
Work and Family Studies 449 5 1
Facilities Planning and
Family and Consumer
Sciences/Human Sciences
335 5 1
Family Systems 17
Human Development and Family
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this awardlevel.

Admissions Information


College has an application fee:
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30


Avg. percent applicants admitted:
Percent 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

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

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

Family History/Genealogy B
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities B

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
Hydrology/Water Resources B
Physics B

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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