Former students are students who were admitted to the university as fully-matriculated students, completed coursework at BYU, but have interrupted their studies at BYU for more than one semester. Students who attended only BYU's Visiting Student program, Evening Classes, the Salt Lake Center, or other Continuing Education programs are not considered fully-matriculated students and will not be classified as former students.
Comprehensive Admission Review (What we look at...)
A former student can be classified in two ways: those who have taken additional credit at another college or university and those who have not.
- Former students without additional transfer credit (who leave with good, warning, probation, or suspension academic standing) should apply by the appropriate application deadline for any entry date.
- In order to be readmitted to the university, former students who have completed additional transfer credits since they last attended BYU must have earned at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on this transfer work. Students who have earned 24 or more credit hours at other institutions after leaving BYU will be reviewed with other transfer students.
- Former students with more than 90 credit hours must obtain clearance from the new department in order to change their major.
- Suspended students who have been away from BYU for 12 months or more may reapply for any entrance date if they meet the application deadline. Any college-level work completed while on suspension must be at a 3.2 GPA or higher.
- Former students are not eligible for the Spring/Summer Visiting Student program.
Admission Philosophy (Who we look for...)
Admission decisions are guided by the philosophy found in the “University Statement on Fostering an Enriched Environment,” which states the following:
"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. (‘The Mission of Brigham Young University')
"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 and come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences is an important educational asset to BYU."