BYU Admission Guide

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“Learning is more powerful and truths are better understood when they are shared with others in an effort to help them improve.

… True learning is not a selfish endeavor. True learning is most powerfully experienced and most deeply ingrained when it is used to improve the lives of others.”

President Kevin J. Worthen

President Kevin J. Worthen Image

“Learning is more powerful and truths are better understood when they are shared with others in an effort to help them improve.

… True learning is not a selfish endeavor. True learning is most powerfully experienced and most deeply ingrained when it is used to improve the lives of others.”

President Kevin J. Worthen

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Inspirational Fieldwork

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Inspiring Research

By small means & Microbiology

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COVID-19 brought much of the world to a screeching halt in the spring of 2020, but it didn’t slow down Brandon Lopez at all. A junior at BYU at the time Brandon had been focusing on HIV virology research, but the global pandemic offered new opportunities for coronavirus research, which Brandon jumped at. Under the watchful mentoring of Dr. Brad Berges (Professor of Microbiology) he has studied whether non-alcoholic hand sanitizers are effective against the virus, and even helped with research for outside companies – all as an undergraduate student.

“I’d remake that decision in a heartbeat if I had to go back,”

Brandon Lopez

Microbiology, 2022

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Born in Peru, Brandon’s family immigrated to the United States when he was young. He always knew he wanted to study science, but he didn’t like physics, so it came down to biology or chemistry. He took AP Biology in high school & loved it. When studying the Book of Mormon one day, he read, “by small means the Lord can bring about great things.” (1 Nephi 16:29) Brandon considers that scripture his heavenly help, and he decided on microbiology. Is he glad he made that decision? “I’d remake that decision in a heartbeat if I had to go back,” he says.

Brandon continues his research, sings in University Chorale choir, and will complete his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in 2022. After that he’ll stay at BYU for a master’s degree, then go somewhere else for his PhD. One day he hopes to be a college professor, much like Dr. Berges, helping students and continuing his research.

“Brandon is working on a project to better understand how subtle genetic changes in HIV can impact how the virus kills human immune cells, which has important implications for AIDS development. He just loves working in the lab; there’s nothing else he’d rather be doing.”

Dr. Brad Berges
Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Biolo

Inspiring Service

Passion, prosthetics, and palitos

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Adia Cardona always knew she wanted to play the violin, and that only having one hand was not going to stop her. Adia is ten years old, has a prosthetic hand, and she also enjoys playing the piano. But the violin was difficult because it was hard to guide the bow with her prosthetic hand. She had an idea to help guide her bow across the strings and showed a rough sketch to her violin teacher, Madilyn Olsen. Madilyn contacted BYU’s College of Engineering and Joshua Vanderpool, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, was the perfect student to help Adia with her idea. Following her rough sketch Joshua was able to 3D print a device to attach to Adia’s violin. She can attach and remove the simple antenna-like device herself, and it has helped her guide the bow over her violin strings with amazing results.

“My job was give her a tool and get out of the way so that she could accomplish whatever she wants.”

Joshua Vanderpool

Mechanical Engineering, 2022

Joshua is president of the BYU 2ft Prosthetics Club which helps develop low-cost prosthetic devices for amputees in need. He has won several on campus innovation competitions and will graduate in 2023 with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation he will attend graduate school in biomedical engineering.

“The moment I met her I could tell she was very determined. My job was give her a tool and get out of the way so that she could accomplish whatever she wants.”

Joshua Vanderpool
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Inspiring Service

Devotion & the gift of tongues

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has only had missionaries in Macedonia since 2012. Lila Rice Norton was one of those missionaries assigned to Macedonia in the Adriatic South Mission, and she had no idea at the time what her mission experience would lead to. None of the Missionary Training Centers teach Macedonian so she studied Bulgarian instead, then learned Macedonian in the field. There was no Macedonian translation of the Book of Mormon, further complicating missionary work. Shortly after her missionary service the Church reached out and asked her to assist with the translation of the Book of Mormon into Macedonian. With five people on her team, she currently leads the Ecclesiastical Review Committee which is responsible for the final edit of the Book of Mormon translation, all while continuing her undergraduate education at BYU.

“I think it means a lot to [Macedonians] that we’re actually trying to translate it into their language...”

Lila Rice Norton

English, Minor: Translation and Localization, 2022

Lila is a senior majoring in English with a minor in translation and localization. She will graduate in 2022, go on to graduate school, and she would like to continue with Macedonian translation in the future.

“I think it means a lot to [Macedonians] that we’re actually trying to translate it into their language, because oftentimes they feel forgotten. It means a lot that we’re at least trying to connect to them and their language.”

Lila Rice Norton

Inspiring Research

Engineering & origami

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What impact can you really have as a new college freshman? As a new freshman six years ago, Amanda Lytle joined the BYU BE Together Research Mentorship Program. The program offers new students the opportunity to gain out-of-classroom engineering experience by conducting laboratory research alongside a mentoring faculty member. Amanda jumped in the deep end and has never looked back.

“Amanda didn’t wait to learn relevant material in her classes before she forged into unfamiliar territory…”

Jacob Sheffield

After that first year at BYU Amanda served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala. Upon her return she again jumped in, this time joining the Compliant Mechanisms Research Group (CMR), which allowed her to work with other students and faculty to create compliant mechanism theories and applications that make a difference in the real world. Along the way she designed and developed aspects of LaparoVision, a tiny windshield wiper for laparoscope camera lenses. LaparoVision uses origami engineering with spring energy and allows surgeons to keep the laparoscope in the patient during surgery without having to remove it to clean the lens.

Amanda will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering next year and plans to continue with engineering research and possibly graduate school in the future.

“Amanda didn’t wait to learn relevant material in her classes before she forged into unfamiliar territory gaining new knowledge and skills to make herself valuable to the progress of LaparoVision.”

Jacob Sheffield
Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering

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AIMS

BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. These are the common aims of all education at BYU.•

“Continue your education, wherever you are, whatever your interest and opportunity may be. Determine how you can best serve your family and society and prepare well. … Regardless of your personal choice of career, your education is the key.” —
President Russell M. Nelson

Spiritually Strengthening

Spiritually Strengthening

Y4 ways we will strengthen the world.

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Leading to Lifelong Learning and Service

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Admission Review

Whether you are applying as a freshman or a transfer student, there is no secret formula for admission to BYU. We define “freshman” as one who has not completed any college/university work following high school graduation or secondary education completion. We define “transfer” as an applicant who attended college or university after completion of high school or secondary education. A full account of your academic history will be required, regardless of transferability or desired program of study.

 

All applications go through a holistic review, meaning everything in the application is considered. Take the opportunity to tell us about yourself. Make sure the work is your own and be thorough. Your application, including your essays, should demonstrate your preparation in these four areas:

“The founding charge of BYU is to teach every subject with the Spirit.” BYU provides a world-class education within a spiritual environment. To help you feel comfortable here, we recommend attending, participating in, and graduating from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seminary. We also recommend that you regularly participate in church meetings, programs, and activities. If you are spiritually prepared, BYU will provide you with the opportunity to strengthen your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ while studying for your degree.

“Members of the BYU community rigorously study academic subjects in the light of divine truth.” To be prepared academically, we recommend you take challenging, college preparatory classes during high school that you can be successful in. We also encourage you to pursue your passions inside and outside of the classroom. Your academic preparation will allow you to learn from BYU’s faculty and even work alongside them in their research and fieldwork.

“BYU has always cared as much about strong moral character as about great mental capability.” A person of character should have a strong work ethic and be able to demonstrate resilience and honesty. You should be respectful of others despite differences, honor commitments, and have integrity in all you do. The BYU community will support you as you continue to strengthen your character and pursue a life consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Students “enter to learn” at BYU and then “go forth to serve.” Our graduates use what they learn to make the world a better place. We look for students that already have a love of learning and a sincere desire to serve others. Cultivate your love of service through sustained exposure to meaningful service opportunities. BYU offers learning and service opportunities through various clubs and organizations that will help you continue your commitment to lifelong learning and service.

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Due Dates & Deadlines

Application deadlines are final. In order to submit your application, we must receive ALL application materials—including those submitted by others on your behalf. Any application not submitted by the deadline will not be considered.

Freshman Application Deadlines

Spring 2022

Application Available

August 25, 2021

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Priority Deadline*

November 1, 2021

Deadline

December 15, 2021

Admission & Scholarship Notification

February 21, 2022

Summer 2022

Fall 2022

Winter 2023

NOTES:
All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Mountain Time). Although our offices will close at 6:00 PM, the application will still be available online through 11:59 PM (Mountain Time).

Because of the level of intellectual, social, and emotional maturity required of university students, BYU does not admit applicants who will be less than 17 years of age by the first day of class.

Due to limited availability of ACT and SAT exam options during the COVID-19 global pandemic, most applicants are not required to submit a standardized test score to be considered for admission to BYU through winter 2024 application deadlines. However, you may choose to submit a test score if you feel it will strengthen your application. For more details see: testoptional.byu.edu.

*Applicants who submit the application by the priority deadline will receive extra consideration in the admission process.

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Transfer Application Deadlines

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Fall 2022

Winter 2023

NOTES:
All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Mountain Time). Although our offices will close at 6:00 PM, the application will still be available online through 11:59 PM (Mountain Time).

Because of the level of intellectual, social, and emotional maturity required of university students, BYU does not admit applicants who will be less than 17 years of age by the first day of class.

Due to limited availability of ACT and SAT exam options during the COVID-19 global pandemic, most applicants are not required to submit a standardized test score to be considered for admission to BYU through winter 2024 application deadlines. However, you may choose to submit a test score if you feel it will strengthen your application. For more details see: testoptional.byu.edu.

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Majors

to help prepare you for your future

Engineering ▾
  • engineering.byu.edu
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction & Facilities Management
    • Construction Management
    • Facility & Property Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Design*
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering*
    • Aerospace*
  • Technology & Engineering Studies
    • Teaching
    • Technical
Education ▾
  • education.byu.edu
  • Communication Disorders*
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Physical Education Teaching/Coaching (K-12)
  • Special Education*
    • Mild/Moderate Disabilities*
    • Severe Disabilities*
Nursing ▾
FAMILY, HOME, & SOCIAL SCIENCES ▾
  • fhss.byu.edu
  • Anthropology
    • Archaeology
    • Sociocultural
  • Economics
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Family History – Genealogy
  • Family Life
    • Family Studies
    • Human Development
  • Geography
    • Environmental Studies
    • Geospatial Intelligence
    • Geospatial Science & Technology
    • Global Studies
    • Tourism Studies
    • Urban & Regional Planning
  • History
  • History Teaching
  • Neuroscience
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science Teaching
  • Sociology
FINE ARTS & COMMUNICATIONS ▾
  • cfac.byu.edu
  • Acting*
  • Animation*
  • Art*
  • Art Education K-12*
  • Commercial Music*
  • Communications*
    • Advertising*
    • Communications Studies*
    • Journalism*
    • Public Relations*
  • Dance*
  • Dance Education K-12*
  • Design*
  • Graphic Design*
  • Illustration*
  • Media Arts Studies*
  • Music*
  • Music Composition*
  • Music Dance Theatre*
  • Music Education*
    • K-12 Choral*
    • K-12 General Music*
    • K-12 Instrumental*
  • Music Performance*
    • Brass*
    • Combined Piano & Organ*
    • Organ*
    • Percussion*
    • Piano*
    • String*
    • Vocal*
    • Woodwind*
  • Photography*
  • Theatre Arts Education K-12
  • Theatre Arts Studies
HUMANITIES ▾
  • humanities.byu.edu
  • American Studies
  • Arabic Language
  • Art History & Curatorial Studies
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
    • Classical Civilization
    • Classics
    • Greek
    • Latin
  • Comparative Literature
  • Editing & Publishing
  • English
  • English Language
  • English Teaching
  • French
  • French Studies
  • French Teaching
  • German
    • Linguistics
    • Literature/Film/Culture
  • German Studies
  • German Teaching
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Italian
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin Teaching
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Portuguese
  • Portuguese Studies
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Studies
  • Spanish Teaching*
  • Spanish Translation*
BUSINESS ▾
  • marriottschool.byu.edu
  • Accounting* 
  • Business Management*
  • Entrepreneurial Management*
  • Experience Design & Management*
  • Finance*
  • Global Supply Chain Management*
  • Human Resource Management*
  • Information Systems*
  • Marketing*
  • Strategic Management*
INTERNATIONAL & AREA STUDIES ▾

kennedy.byu.edu

Ancient Near Eastern Studies

   Greek New Testament

   Hebrew Bible

Asian Studies

   China Studies

   Japan Studies

   Korea Studies

European Studies

International Relations

Latin American Studies

Middle East Studies/Arabic

LIFE SCIENCES ▾

lifesciences.byu.edu

Athletic Training

Biodiversity & Conservation

Bioinformatics

Biological Science Education 

Biology

Biophysics 

Dietetics*

Environmental Science

Exercise & Wellness

Exercise Science

Food Science

Genetics, Genomics, & Biotechnology

Landscape Management

Medical Laboratory Science*

Microbiology

Molecular Biology

Nutritional Science

Physiology & Developmental Biology

Public Health 

   Environmental/ Occupational Health

   Epidemiology

   Health Promotion

   Health Science

Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation

PHYSICAL & MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES ▾

cpms.byu.edu

Actuarial Science

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry Education

Computer Science

   Animation*

   Bioinformatics

   Data Science

   Software Engineering

Earth & Space Science Education

Geology

Geology, Environmental 

Mathematics 

   Applied & Computational Mathematics

Mathematics Education

Physical Science Education

Physics

Physics, Applied

Physics & Astronomy

Physics Education

Statistics

   Applied Statistics & Analytics

   Biostatistics

   Data Science

   Statistical Science  

NOTES:

These majors are correct at time of publishing

*Limited-enrollment programs (department approval required)

Paying for BYU

42% of enrolled new freshmen receive a scholarship

Cost of Attendance 2021-22*

Latter-day Saint Tuition$6,120
Non-Latter-day Saint Tuition$12,240
Room & Board$8,048
Books & Supplies$912
Personal Expenses$2,456
Transportation$2,560
Loan Fees$60
Latter-day Saint Total$20,156
Non-Latter-day Saint Total$26,276

*Based on two semesters.
All costs, except for tuition, are estimates.

Scholarships

For scholarship consideration, you must do 2 Great Things along with your application for admission:

Thing 1

Submit the BYU Scholarship Application

Prospective new freshmen are eligible to apply for undergraduate scholarships beginning with the term/semester they are admitted. All prospective students must complete a scholarship application by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered. BYU scholarships are based on a number of criteria, including academic indicators and financial need.  Also, check with departments, colleges, and other units to explore other scholarship opportunities.

Thing 2

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Apply for federal financial aid by filling out a FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) regardless of whether you think you’ll qualify for any help. There is a link for the FAFSA application in the BYU scholarship application. A submitted FAFSA is required to be considered for all federal and many BYU awards. For BYU scholarship purposes, the FAFSA needs to be submitted by the appropriate scholarship deadline.

More Money!!

NEW! Cougar Pell Promise

Approximately 42% of enrolled new freshmen receive a scholarship. Additionally, BYU will assist in meeting full Latter-day Saint tuition costs for newly admitted freshmen who:

  • Apply for admission directly out of high school
  • Submit the FAFSA by the appropriate scholarship deadline, and qualify for an initial
    Federal Pell Grant
  • Remain in good academic standing (maintain a cumulative 2.00 BYU GPA)

As such, students who qualify for the Cougar Pell Promise will have their tuition costs met each year. Specific details and requirements may be found at cougarpellpromise.byu.edu.

Compliance

Brigham Young University (BYU), is affiliated with and supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is part of the Church Educational System (CES). BYU exists to provide an education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

In compliance with applicable state and federal nondiscrimination laws (e.g., Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504), BYU does not unlawfully discriminate against applicants for admission based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Applicants who meet the requirements for admission and agree to abide by the Church Educational System Honor Code are accepted for enrollment based upon their qualifications and available space. To maintain an educational atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a lawful admission preference is given to members of the Church in good standing.

 

Questions or complaints about unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct) may be referred to the Title IX coordinator at 1085 WSC, 801-422-8692, or t9coordinator@byu.edu. Questions or complaints about unlawful discrimination on any other basis listed above may be referred to the equal opportunity manager at D-282 ASB, 801-422-5895, eo_manager@byu.edu. Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting the University Accessibility Center at 2170 WSC, 801-422-2767, uacfrontdesk@byu.edu.