1. The Students
Representing all 50 states and more than 100 different countries, our campus is filled with a unique variety of cultures, experiences, and perspectives. The Honor Code—which every BYU student pledges to live by—binds students together in a community of support and mutual respect. The university would be nothing without its students—the greatest hallmark of BYU’s success.
2. The Heritage
Brigham Young, founder of BYU and then-president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, decreed that all secular learning at the institution be fused with teachings from the scriptures. On October 16, 1875, Brigham Young Academy was established. As a result of Brigham Young’s prophetic charge, the BYU atmosphere continues to foster complementary learning of both academic and spiritual knowledge.
3. The Tradition
The word “tradition” stirs up many fond memories for BYU students and alumni alike—whether it’s hearing the bell tower chime, hiking the “Y,” or devouring a bowl of BYU Creamery ice cream. Through it all, BYU has also strived to create an overarching tradition of excellence. This common tradition has been bolstered by the many thousands of students who come to BYU and then embark to make the world a better place.
4. The Cost & Quality
Not only did U.S. News & World Report list BYU as a top 20 “best value” school in 2011, but its yearly tuition is more than $20,000 less than the national average for private institutions. This affordable rate is possible because of financial support from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The low cost of tuition does not come at the expense of a higher-quality education; BYU maintains its distinguished reputation because of its reasonable expenses combined with its high caliber of education.
5. The Programs/Academics
With 190 majors, BYU provides students with many options to choose from. The undergraduate accounting, business, and engineering programs, along with the graduate accounting, nursing, social work, MBA, MPA, and law school programs have all received substantial national recognition.
6. The Research
Because around 90% of BYU’s population is undergraduate students, many of them have the rare opportunity to participate in hands-on research—research that would normally be reserved for graduate students.The students’ work, which often results in presentations, performances, and publications in academic journals, provides them with key credentials for graduate school admission or job placement.
7. The Campus
Located in Provo, Utah, the BYU campus covers over 560 acres and includes 311 buildings. Visitors to BYU are frequently impressed by the campus’s beauty and cleanliness. With the magestic Wasatch mountain range as a backdrop, it’s no wonder students from all over the world are attracted to this unique environment.
8. The Diversity
BYU has a student population that spans the globe. Approximately 1,700 international students attend the university, representing cultures from almost every continent. In addition, many of the returned missionaries on campus have lived throughout the world and help foster support and understanding for the many cultures represented by BYU's international student body.
9. The Activities/Performing Arts
Many of our students enjoy the great variety of outdoor activities available in the Provo area—from hiking the scenic Wasatch Mountains in the summer to skiing the world-famous snowy slopes in the winter. Provo is also only 45 miles from exhilarating Salt Lake City—a social hub with access to a variety of concert venues, shopping centers, restaurants, theaters, and other exciting diversions.
10. The Sports
What would BYU be without its cougar pride? For decades, BYU sports teams have been uniting fans from all over. BYU students have the chance to buy an All-Sports Pass which allows them to attend any sporting event—football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, gymnastics—and feel the exhilaration of being a true blue BYU fan!