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2011 - 2012

Admissions

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All Applicants

General Admissions Policies: Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University—Idaho, Brigham Young University—Hawaii, and LDS Business College exist to provide an education consistent with the religious and family values taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We prefer to admit members of the Church in good standing but will not unlawfully discriminate against applicants based upon gender, race, creed, religion, national origin, age, or disability who meet the requirements; who agree to abide by the Honor Code and Dress and Grooming Standards; and who are otherwise qualified based upon available space.

Students must be in good Honor Code standing to be admitted to BYU and must continue to abide by the Honor Code and Dress and Grooming Standards while attending BYU, whether on or off campus. An applicant who is currently excommunicated or disfellowshipped from, on probation with, or voluntarily disaffiliated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inadmissible until reinstated to full fellowship.

"The Mission of Brigham Young University—founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life. That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued."

To this end, the university seeks qualified students of various talents and backgrounds, including geographic, educational, cultural, ethnic, and racial, who relate together in such a manner that they are "no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19). It is the university's judgment that providing educational opportunities for a mix of students who share gospel values based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences is an important educational asset to BYU.

Social Security Number: The Admissions Office no longer requires students to submit a social security number when applying for admission. All students will be assigned an appropriate identification number. If students are applying for any kind of financial aid, however, the government will require the Admissions Office to collect their social security number. Numbers may be obtained at the nearest social security office or the local post office.

Full Disclosure: Failure to disclose and submit all documents required for admission, including transcripts from each institution in which the applicant has or is currently enrolled, or any falsification of information required for admission consideration may result in immediate suspension and loss of all credit earned at BYU.

Admissions Status and Academic Standing: Admissions status (admit or deny) and academic standing (good, warning, or probation) will be determined by the Admissions Committee. This review is for all applicants, including former BYU students.

Official Notice of Admissions Committee Action: Applicants will receive electronic notice of the official action taken by the Admissions Committee. (Oral communication does not constitute a valid offer of admission.) Admission can be granted only by the Admissions Office and not by any other BYU department. An official offer of admission is valid only for the semester or term indicated. Students who wish to change the entry date specified in their notice of acceptance must request permission to do so from the Admissions Committee before the designated deadline for the entry date they desire.

Admission Deadlines: All materials must be postmarked on or before the deadline date for the semester or term in which the applicant intends to register.

    Fall Semester

    New freshman priority deadline: December 1
    New freshman applicants: February 1
    Transfer or former applicants: February 1

    Winter Semester

    All applicants: October 1

    Spring Term

    New freshman and all international applicants: February 1
    Transfer or former applicants: February 1

    Summer Term

    New freshman priority deadline: December 1
    New freshman applicants: February 1
    Transfer or former applicants: February 1

International students are encouraged to submit application materials at least one month before the deadline dates listed. This will allow sufficient time for the preparation of visa documents.

Please note: The university president and the University Admissions Committee reserve the right to make exceptions to admission policy and guidelines as deemed appropriate.



New Freshman Applicants—U.S.

High school or home school graduates with no college credit or with college credit completed prior to high school graduation. Students who are high school age and will not be completing high school are also considered new freshmen.

High School Graduation: Applicants should be graduates of fully accredited high schools. Those who complete their secondary education through the General Education Development Test (GED), home study, home school, or other programs will be reviewed individually by the Admissions Committee to determine admissibility. Additional information (achievement tests, personal interview, etc.) may be required as part of the application process.

High School Preparation: Students are encouraged to complete high school courses from the following list of college-preparation courses. Of particular importance are English and mathematics. Writing and math skills are basic for critical thinking. Students who perform well in these classes enhance their possibility of admission. In addition, those who complete Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses will receive additional consideration in admission decisions.

    Four years of English: composition, grammar, and courses that encourage "writing to learn."

    Four years of mathematics (two or three years beyond algebra 1): geometry, intermediate algebra, precalculus, trigonometry, calculus.

    Two to three years of laboratory science: chemistry, physics, biology, physiology, anatomy, genetics, botany, zoology.

    Two years of history or government: U.S. history, U.S. constitution, U.S. government, Civil War, world history, medieval history, ancient history.

    Two or more years of foreign language (advanced skill in one language is preferred).

Courses in computer science and the arts (music, drama, painting, etc.) can also be worthwhile. Students should be careful to take classes with substantial content that challenge them. In today's world typing and computer skills are valuable assets. These skills should be learned in high school or independently.

LDS Seminary: Students are encouraged to participate in LDS Seminary during each year of high school. Brigham Young University is committed to the concept that thoughtful and consistent study of the scriptures is vital to the preparation of those desiring to enter BYU. The number of years of LDS Seminary completed (released time, early morning, or home study) will influence additional consideration in admission decisions.

American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): All new freshman applicants, or students whose high school graduating class has yet to graduate, and transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of college credit at the time of application are required to take the ACT or SAT. The ACT is administered nationally six times each year (September, October, December, February, April, and June). The SAT is offered seven times a year in October, November, December, January, March (or April, alternating), May, and June. Students are encouraged to take the test during the last semester of their junior year in high school and again in the first semester of their senior year in high school. The tests should be taken early enough for the results to be in the Admissions Office before the deadline for the semester in which a student intends to enroll. Test results arrive at the university approximately four weeks after the test is given. Registration information and materials can be obtained from most high school or college counseling offices or from the American College Testing Program, 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168, (319) 337-1270 (www.act.org) or from College Board SAT Program, P.O. Box 025505, Miami, FL 33102, (866) 756-7346 (www.collegeboard.com).

Application: Those applying as new freshman students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the online application at besmart.com
  • Pay the non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee
  • Submit transcripts from all high schools attended (including transcripts for Grade 9)
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (if applicable)
  • Submit ACT/SAT scores

The application deadlines for new freshmen are as follows:

  • December 1: Priority deadline for summer term and fall semester
  • February 1: Final deadline for spring/summer terms and fall semester
  • October 1: Deadline for winter semester

Admissions Criteria: Those who complete their application by the December 1 priority deadline will be given extra consideration in the admissions process and will be notified of their admission decision no later than February 28. All new freshman applications go through a holistic review process which comprises the following elements: ecclesiastical endorsement, unweighted high school GPA, ACT or SAT score, seminary attendance, service, leadership, individual talents, creativity, AP/IB courses taken, unique or special circumstances, and other factors showing a student's ability to strengthen the BYU community. It is recommended that new freshmen have a B+ average unweighted GPA and an ACT score in the mid 20's to be competitive for admission.

Note that students who are denied as new freshmen will not be reconsidered for admission until they have completed 24 hours of college credit, with at least one college course having been completed after high school graduation.

Housing: The admission application is also the application for on-campus housing. Students who complete the admission and housing application by the December 1 Priority Deadline will receive extra consideration in the admissions process and priority in on-campus housing selection. Please note that while it is anticipated that all freshman applicants who meet the December 1 Priority Deadline will have the opportunity to live in on-campus housing facilities, those who apply early in the process will have an advantage in their housing selection.

Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our Web sites for the most accurate information.

Regardless of printed admissions policies and procedures, the university reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission to any applicant.



Early Admission

High school students who would like to be considered for full-time admission to Brigham Young University before high school graduation have the same requirements as new freshman applicants.



Home School Applicants

Applicants who have been home schooled in lieu of attending a traditional high school environment must receive a composite ACT score of 27 or higher to be competitive for admission consideration. These individuals must also complete all other application requirements for freshman applicants.



Concurrent Enrollment at BYU

A local high school student who wishes to be considered for admission as a part-time student while enrolled in high school.

Application: Applicants desiring to attend BYU as a concurrent enrollment student must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the online application at besmart.com
  • Pay the non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee
  • Complete junior year of high school and be at least 16 years old
  • Have an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher
  • Indicate unconditional support from the high school counselor and parent
  • Agree to enroll in no more than 11.5 credit hours during fall and winter semesters and no more than 5.5 hours during spring and summer terms
  • Fill out the Concurrent Enrollment Voucher available at http://admissionsforms.byu.edu

Note that a new Concurrent Enrollment Voucher must be submitted for each enrollment at the university.

Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our Web sites for the most accurate information.

Regardless of printed admissions policies and procedures, the university reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission to any applicant.


Concurrent Credit Transfer Policy: Many students are now receiving enriched high school experiences by enrolling concurrently in college courses while completing their high school curricula. BYU will consider these students for freshman admission and scholarships provided the college work is completed prior to high school graduation. This means, for example, that they may receive consideration for BYU-sponsored Heritage Scholarships.

Please refer to the Evaluation of Transfer College Credit section of the catalog for specific information on the transferability of college credit.



Transfer Applicants—U.S.

Transfer with less than 24 College Credits

Students who have completed less than 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of graded college credit after high school graduation. This does not include vocational credit; AP, IB, or CLEP credit; or credit for Institute of Religion courses. College credits must be completed by the application deadline. These students will be evaluated for admission based on both their high school and college work.

Students who have completed college work and apply for admission prior to graduating from high school will be evaluated as new freshmen regardless of the number of college hours completed. Once a student has graduated from high school and taken at least one course at another college or university, this applicant will be considered a transfer student and college credits taken during high school will count toward the 24 credit hour threshold.

Note that students who are denied as new freshmen will not be reconsidered for admission until they have completed 24 hours of college credit, with at least one college course having been completed after high school graduation.

Application: Those applying as transfer students with less than 24 credits must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the online application at besmart.com
  • Pay the non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee
  • Submit transcripts from all high schools attended (including transcripts for Grade 9)
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Submit ACT/SAT scores

The application deadlines for transfer students are as follows:

  • February 1: Deadline for spring/summer terms and fall semester
  • October 1: Deadline for winter semester

Admissions Criteria: All applications of transfer students with less than 24 credits go through a holistic review process which comprises the following elements: ecclesiastical endorsement, unweighted high school GPA, ACT or SAT score, seminary attendance, service, leadership, individual talents, creativity, AP/IB courses taken, unique or special circumstances, and other factors showing a student's ability to strengthen the BYU community. It is recommended that students have a B+ average unweighted GPA and an ACT score in the mid 20's to be competitive for admission. Transfer applicants will receive their admission decisions no later than February 28.

BYU does not accept vocational transfer credit (college courses leading to an applied associate's degree or certification) from any institution. This type of credit includes subjects like auto-mechanics, cosmetology, dental hygiene, and other technical fields. Each incoming transcript will be checked for vocational credit before it is processed, and those vocational credits will be marked as non-transferrable credit. These credits will not count toward the 24 credit threshold for transfer students. If vocational credit is earned as part of an Associate of Arts or Science degree, it will still be marked as non-transferrable. However, the associate degree will still be recognized as long as at least 30% of the credit within the degree is considered to be academic credit.

Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our Web sites for the most accurate information.

Regardless of printed admissions policies and procedures, the university reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission to any applicant.


Transfer with 24 or more college credits

Students who have completed 24 or more semester hours (36 quarter hours) of graded college credit after high school graduation. This does not include vocational credit; AP, IB, or CLEP credit; or credit for Institute of Religion courses. College credits must be completed by the application deadline.

Students who have completed college work and apply for admission prior to graduating from high school will be evaluated as new freshmen regardless of the number of college hours completed. Once a student has graduated from high school and taken at least one course at another college or university, this applicant will be considered a transfer student and college credits taken during high school will count toward the 24 credit hour threshold.

Application: Those applying as transfer students with 24 or more credits must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 of the online application at besmart.com
  • Pay the non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended

The application deadlines for transfer students are as follows:

  • February 1: Deadline for spring/summer terms and fall semester
  • October 1: Deadline for winter semester

Admissions Criteria: All transfer applications go through a holistic review process which comprises the following elements: ecclesiastical endorsement, leadership experience, GPA, course selection, quality of coursework, Institute of Religion involvement, academic goals, and other similar factors. It is recommended that transfer students have a B+ average GPA to be competitive for admission. Transfer students with more than 90 graded semester credit hours are unlikely to be admitted. Transfer applicants will receive their admission decisions no later than 4 weeks after the admissions deadline.

Note: Beginning with applicants for spring/summer/fall 2011, BYU will no longer accept vocational transfer credit (college courses leading to an applied associate's degree or certification) from any institution. This type of credit includes subjects like auto-mechanics, cosmetology, dental hygiene, and other technical fields. Each incoming transcript will be checked for vocational credit before it is processed, and those vocational credits will be marked as non-transferrable credit. These credits will no longer count toward the 24 credit requirement for transfer students. If vocational credit is earned as part of an Associate of Arts or Science degree, it will still be marked as non-transferrable. However, the associate degree will still be recognized as long as at least 30% of the credit within the degree is considered to be academic credit.


Evaluation of Transfer College Credit: All college transcripts will be evaluated to determine admissibility of an applicant even if all or any of that credit is not accepted for transfer. The BYU Transfer Evaluation Office will determine the transferability of undergraduate credit to BYU.

Factors which can affect the transfer of credit include:

The transfer institution is accredited by one of the following regional associations or is an institution sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

    Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges

In addition to accreditation, the following criteria are also considered when determining the transferability of credit and equivalencies: comparable credit hours, course level, seat time, and course descriptions. Vocational and technical credit is no longer accepted, even if earned at an accredited institution.

Additional factors that can affect the transfer of credit:

  1. Military courses are evaluated using the ACE recommendations in the upper-division baccalaureate category from the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.
  2. Advanced Placement scores of 3, 4, and 5 and IB scores of 5, 6, or 7 will be awarded credit.
  3. An Associate of Art or Science degree from any one of eight main feeder institutions (BYU-Idaho, College of Eastern Utah, Dixie State College, Mesa Community College, LDS Business College, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, and Utah Valley University) will fill most BYU university core requirements with the exception of Advanced Written and Oral Communication, Languages of Learning, and the religion hours at BYU. Advanced Written and Oral Communication and the Languages of Learning requirements may be filled by completing specific courses at other colleges. Students who have questions about the completion of university core courses are invited to contact the BYU Transfer Evaluation Office, (801) 422-8522, for further information.
  4. Most Associate of Art or Science degrees from other approved transfer institutions not listed above will fill most BYU university core requirements with the exception of American Heritage, Advanced Written and Oral Communication, Languages of Learning, and the religion hours at BYU. American Heritage, Advanced Written and Oral Communication, and the Languages of Learning requirements may be filled by completing specific courses at other colleges. NOTE: Associate of Art or Science degrees must include at least 30% solid, academic classes (i.e., general education) in order to fulfill BYU's university core requirements as stated above. Associate of Art or Science degrees that include more than 70% vocational or technical courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Students who have questions about the completion of university core courses are invited to contact the BYU Transfer Evaluation Office, (801) 422-8522, for further information.
  5. Credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis for students who do not complete an Associate of Arts or Science degree. Transfer agreements have been established with some of BYU's main feeder institutions. A list of these schools and their transfer agreement can be found at http://transfer.byu.edu.
  6. Credit earned more than eight years before admission or readmission (including transfer credit) may, at the discretion of the university, be accepted to meet general education and university graduation requirements as well as major requirements.
  7. Credit earned from an LDS Institute of Religion must receive a Pass (P) grade and be posted to an official CES transcript.

Note: Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Academic Vice President.

Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our Web sites for the most accurate information.

Regardless of printed admissions policies and procedures, the university reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission to any applicant.



Former Student — U.S.

Students who have been admitted to the university as fully-matriculated students and have completed coursework at BYU, then leave the university without submitting an admission deferment. Students who have attended only BYU's Visiting Student Program, Evening Classes, Salt Lake Center, or other Continuing Education programs are not considered fully-matriculated students and will not be classified as former students.

Application: Those applying as former students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the online application at besmart.com
  • Submit official college transcripts from any schools attended since last attending BYU

The application deadlines for former students are as follows:

  • February 1: Deadline for spring/summer terms and fall semester
  • October 1: Deadline for winter semester

Admission Criteria: Former students with additional transfer credit must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA or higher on additional work. However, students who have earned 24 or more semester credit hours at other institutions after leaving BYU will be reevaluated for admission with the transfer applicant pool.

Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our Web sites for the most accurate information.

Regardless of printed admissions policies and procedures, the university reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission to any applicant.



Visiting Student

The Spring/Summer Visiting Student Program is available to students who are not currently admitted to BYU; the program is for those who will be pursuing a degree at another university or who would like to receive some credit from BYU. Admission to the Visiting Student Program does not imply continued enrollment at BYU beyond spring or summer term.

Application: Applicants interested in the Visiting Student Program must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the online application at besmart.com
  • Pay the non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee
  • Submit official college transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If have completed less than 24 semester/36 quarter hours of college credit, also submit
    • High School transcript
    • ACT/SAT scores

Admission Criteria: The application deadline for the Visiting Student Program is the first day of classes. Admittance to the Spring/Summer Visiting Student Program is determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students must have a 2.5 college GPA or a 2.5 high school GPA and 18 or higher on the ACT.

Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our Web sites for the most accurate information.

Regardless of printed admissions policies and procedures, the university reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission to any applicant.



Deferments

Continuing Student Leave of Absence

BYU day-time eligible students may take a Leave of Absence for one major semester (fall or winter) per academic year without prior notification to the university. An academic year begins with fall semester and continues through the next summer term.

Note: International students must be day-time students for 8 months prior to a leave of absence. International students must obtain clearance from the International Office before taking a leave of absence.

Consider the following prior to taking a Leave of Absence:

  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement: You must have a current Ecclesiastical Endorsement to register for subsequent semesters. To complete this requirement, submit the Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement Form found online at https://honorcode.byu.edu.
  • Scholarship: The scholarship application deadline for spring/summer and fall/winter scholarships is February 1 regardless of BYU attendance.
  • Federal Loan Repayment: Student loans have a grace period of six months beginning on the date that the borrower drops below at least half-time enrollment. If your leave of absence extends beyond six months (i.e. winter semester and spring term), you will go into loan repayment.
  • Re-application for Admission: If you fail to enroll in classes before the add/drop deadline of the semester immediately following your leave of absence, you will have to reapply for admission as a former student. Re-admission is NOT guaranteed. Note: If you attend another school during your leave of absence, remember to send an updated transcript to BYU so your credits can be applied to your BYU record. If you do not attend another school, your academic status will remain the same as it was when you took your leave of absence.
  • Suspended and dismissed students should consult with the Academic Support Office (see http://ccc.byu.edu/aso/academic-suspension).
  • New freshmen, transfer students and former students must attend the semester or term to which they have been admitted.
  • A leave of absence may be taken directly prior to a missionary deferment (consecutive semesters). Following your mission, you must enroll at Brigham Young University within a given time period, as noted in the Missionary Deferment section below.
  • Be sure to resolve any university holds as they may prohibit your ability to register and/or receive other university services.

Missionary Deferment

BYU students who want to defer their enrollment for an LDS mission must complete a Missionary Deferment form, available at http://admissionsforms.byu.edu. The deferment form should be submitted after receiving a mission call, but before entering the MTC. The following conditions must also be met:

  • Do not attend any college or university between leaving and returning
  • Complete a full mission and receive an ecclesiastical endorsement from the Mission President
  • Return for the semester or term indicated on the Missionary Deferment form

Return from Mission Enroll No Later Than
October-April Fall Semester
May-September Winter Semester

If a student wishes to discontinue after classes begin, he/she must work with the Discontinuance Office.



International Students

To be considered for admission as an international applicant, students will need to demonstrate strong academic qualifications, evidence of competencies in English, proof of financial support, and willingness to adhere to the Honor Code and Dress and Grooming Standards.

International students who are on an F-1 visa must make a deposit of $4,000 (in U.S. dollars) before their I-20 form will be issued. The deposit will be held in escrow with the intent that it will be released to the students during their final semester before graduation. Students who experience unforeseen financial hardship while studying at BYU may petition to use up to $3,000 of their deposit before their final semester. International students who find they are unable to cover the costs associated with continued education at BYU and who have already accessed $3,000 from their deposit will receive the final $1,000 in the form of a plane ticket to return to their home country.

New Freshman

Application: International applicants wanting to be considered as new freshmen must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the online application at besmart.com.
  • Pay the non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee
  • Submit personal and sponsor bank statements
  • Submit ACT/SAT and TOEFL/IELTS scores
  • All international students will need to have their transcripts sent to an International Transcript Evaluation Agency. We accept transcript evaluations from two organizations: International Research Foundation (IERF) www.ierf.org or World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org. Evaluations will be submitted electronically to CES Admissions Office by the agency. Information on fees and requirements, and how to submit your official transcripts, can be found on each organization's websites.

Transfer

Application: International applicants wanting to be considered as transfer students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 of the online application at besmart.com
  • Pay the non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee
  • Submit personal and sponsor bank statements
  • Submit TOEFL/IELTS scores
  • All international students will need to have their transcripts sent to an International Transcript Evaluation Agency. We accept transcript evaluations from two organizations: International Research Foundation (IERF) www.ierf.org or World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org. Evaluations will be submitted electronically to CES Admissions Office by the agency. Information on fees and requirements, and how to submit your official transcripts, can be found on each organization's websites.

International transfer students with three or more years of work at another college or university are unlikely to be admitted.

English: All nonnative English-speaking applicants must send official results of the TOEFL or IELTS exam to BYU. Applicants need to have a total (computer) TOEFL score of 173 or higher, with no section score below 17. Those who take the Internet-based test (iBT) should earn an overall score of 66 with a minimum score of 17 on the Reading and Writing sections, and a minimum score of 16 on the Listening and Speaking sections. Those who take the Academic IELTS should earn a score of 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in speaking and 6.0 in reading, writing, and listening. Tests must be on official international test dates. Institutional tests are not acceptable.

Note: Beginning fall semester 2012, those who take the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) should earn an overall score of 80 with a minimum score of 18 on all subsections (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking).

Registration and Completion Requirements: All international students in attendance must register for and complete at least 12 hours of daytime credit per semester (6 hours per term).

Official University Visa Policy: Students should not attempt to enter the United States to attend BYU as a full-time student without presenting a Form I-20 from BYU (Certificate of Eligibility), a valid passport, and a valid F-1 visa. Maintaining visa status is the responsibility of the student.

Note: All international students must report to International Services, 1351 WSC, (801) 422-2695, within one week after arrival on campus.

Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our Web sites for the most accurate information.

Regardless of printed admissions policies and procedures, the university reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission to any applicant.



Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS)

Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a graduate program are normally not admissible to BYU for fall and winter semesters. These students may use university resources during spring and summer terms, through Evening Classes, or through BYU Independent Study. Fall and winter admissions resources are reserved for undergraduate students and students who have been officially admitted into a graduate program.

Application: Post-Baccalaureate applicants must complete the following requirements:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the online application at besmart.com
  • Pay the non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from each institution awarding a degree
  • Submit a letter of explanation explaining the reason and length of attendance, along with a course outline

The application deadline for the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program is the first day of classes.

Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our Web sites for the most accurate information.

Regardless of printed admissions policies and procedures, the university reserves the right to refuse or rescind admission to any applicant.



Evening Classes

Evening Classes are available to non-degree seeking students who are 23 years of age or older and have not been admitted to the university or to those who have already earned a baccalaureate degree. Evening Class students may take up to 8.5 credit hours per semester (4 hours during spring or summer term). Any student formally admitted to BYU may also enroll in courses offered through Evening Classes. For further details, please visit the Evening Classes Web Site (ce.byu.edu/ev) or contact the Evening Classes office:

Phone: 801-422-2872
E-mail: evening_classes@byu.edu
Mail: 211 HCEB, Provo, UT 84602



Salt Lake Center

Anyone can register for classes at the BYU Salt Lake Center provided they have earned a high school diploma or GED, completed a Clearance to Register form, received an ecclesiastical endorsement, agreed to abide by the Honor Code, and been cleared to register. Taking classes at the Salt Lake Center does not constitute admission to BYU. Any student formally admitted to BYU may also enroll in courses offered through the BYU Salt Lake Center. For further details, please visit the Salt Lake Center Web site (ce.byu.edu/sl) or contact the Salt Lake Center:

Phone: 801-933-9400
E-mail: slc@byu.edu
Mail: 345 West North Temple Street, 3 Triad Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84180



Graduate Studies

BYU offers over 100 different masters and doctoral degrees in a variety of subjects from Law to Food Science. For information on available programs and their admission requirements, please visit the Graduate Studies Web site (gradstudies.byu.edu) or contact the Graduate Studies department:

phone: 801-422-4091
E-mail: gradstudies@byu.edu
Mail: 105 FPH, Provo, UT 84602



Independent Study

BYU Independent Study is a distance education program that offers online and paper/pencil courses for anyone, anytime, anywhere. They offer almost 600 university, high school, middle school, and personal enrichment courses that can help students make up credit, graduate on time, enhance their curriculum, or earn university credit. For further details, please visit the Independent Study Web site (ce.byu.edu/is) or contact the Independent Study office:

Phone: 801-422-2868 (Utah County) or 1-800-914-8931 (toll-free)
E-mail: indstudy@byu.edu
Mail: 120 Morris Center, Provo, UT 84602-0300



Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

BYU will award credit for AP exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 in most subject areas. AP credit posted to another institution's transcript is reevaluated based on BYU's standard. To see what credit will be earned, see http://saas.byu.edu/tools/b4byu/sites/b4/?new-freshman/apib-guides/.



International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

Students who complete the International Baccalaureate examinations may receive college credit. An IB course at the standard level will normally be given 3 hours of general credit. An IB course completed at the higher level may receive 6 hours of general credit and possibly fill a general education requirement. To see what credit will be earned, see http://saas.byu.edu/tools/b4byu/sites/b4/?new-freshman/apib-guides/.



College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

BYU discontinued giving credit for general exams in 2000. Additionally, BYU does not give credit for subject exams.