Parts 1 & 2
These parts contain general student information, including:
- Application instructions
- Contact information
- Religious affiliation
- Educational history (high school & college)
- CES school selection
Once parts 1 & 2 are submitted, the applicant will be able to move on to the rest of the application.
This part, also known as the ecclesiastical endorsement, is required of all student applicant types. Applicants will first be required to read through and agree to abide by the Honor Code and Dress & Grooming Standards (also outlined here). Once this step has been completed, LDS applicants will need to meet with the bishop and a member of the stake presidency from the ward/stake in which their records are located. Non-LDS applicants will only be required to meet with one of the following: an LDS bishop, branch president, or mission president (to locate these ecclesiastical leaders, enter your address into the meetinghouse locator tool).
This part of the application addresses the applicant's seminary and/or institute attendance. There are two ways to complete this portion:
Students who are currently attending seminary will not fill out this portion of the application themselves. They will be required to download the instruction sheet found on this part, and take it to their seminary teacher, who will then complete the recommendation. If this portion is completed by the applicant instead of the seminary teacher, it will not be accepted.
Students who are not currently attending seminary will fill out this portion of the application themselves. They will also fill out the institute portion of this section. Applicants who did not attend institute because they were taking religion classes at another CES school may explain their situation on the institute section of the application.
This part of the application is for applicants to provide BYU with more information about their high school experience, including the following:
- Unweighted GPA
- ACT/SAT Scores
- AP or IB classes that the applicant has previously completed or is currently enrolled in
- Other classes the applicant has or will take during the 12th grade
This portion of the application allows applicants the opportunity to describe the activities they have been involved in since beginning high school (age 14+), in the following areas:
- Music/Performing Arts
This part of the application also allows applicants to list and describe (in 100 words) up to five of their most meaningful and significant activities, awards, and/or experiences they’ve had since beginning high school.
Part 7 of the application is mainly comprised of a characteristics exercise and a number of essay questions. For new freshmen, the essay questions are as follows:
- What is one of the most difficult things you have ever done or experienced? What made it difficult and what did you learn? (250 words maximum)
- Many students apply to more than one church school. What will determine which you attend? Please be specific. (250 words maximum)
- Tell us anything else you want us to know about yourself that you haven't had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in the application. Include any special circumstances, experiences, etc. that could influence your admission to the university. (250 words maximum)
This section of the application also includes some optional questions, relating to the following information:
- Family situation
- Parents’ level of education
- Family income
- Languages spoken
- Financial need
High School Transcripts
BYU accepts copies of high school transcripts that are mailed from the high school or brought in by the student. An open envelope is acceptable, however, transcripts must be official. A report card is not a substitute for a transcript. If your high school transcript only covers from 10th-12th grade, you will need to request a 9th grade transcript from your jr. high school as well. Please do not send faxed copies of high school transcripts.
BYU requires official transcripts from each college a student has attended. This includes transcripts of courses taken through concurrent enrollment programs while in high school.
BYU does not accept faxed college transcripts. College transcripts may be sent to BYU in the following ways:
-Through the mail as an official transcript, including the school seal and registrar signature (hand-delivered transcripts in a sealed envelope are also acceptable if they include the school seal and registrar signature, and have not been opened)
-Electronically through Parchment Exchange, National Student Clearinghouse, or Scrip-Safe
-EDI (BYU only receives EDI from BYU Idaho)
The email address to which you may send electronic transcripts is firstname.lastname@example.org