Brigham Young University (often referred to as BYU or, colloquially, The Y) is a private university located in Provo, Utah, United States. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and is the largest religious university and third-largest private university in the U.S.
Approximately 98% of the university’s 34,000 students are members of the LDS Church, and one-third of its American students come from within the state of Utah. BYU students are required to follow an honour code, which mandates behaviour in line with LDS teachings (e.g., academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, and abstinence from extramarital sex and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol). Many students (78% of men, 10% of women) take a two-year hiatus from their studies at some point to serve as Mormon missionaries. Many BYU students speak foreign languages during their Mormon missions, and approximately 31% of the student body enrol in foreign language courses, making it one of the most multilingual student bodies in the United States.
A BYU education is also less expensive than at similar private universities, since “a significant portion” of the cost of operating the university is paid from tithing funds. BYU offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, and law. The university is broadly organized into 11 colleges or schools at its main Provo campus, with certain colleges and divisions defining their own admission standards. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City, while its parent organization, the Church Educational System, sponsors sister schools in Hawaii and Idaho. The university’s primary focus is on undergraduate education, but it also has 68 Masters and 25 Doctoral degree programs.
BYU’s athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the BYU Cougars. They are independent in football, with other sports in the West Coast Conference and MPSF, and have won ten national championships.
Application Deadlines: Deadline
Financial aid: All Courses for international students
Other Support: For all incoming students
Campus life: For all incoming students
Some key courses:
- Master of Accountancy
- Biochemistry (MSc)
- Biochemistry (Ph.D)
- Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- Executive MBA
- Mechanical Engineering (MSc)
- Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D)
- Microbiology (MSc)
- Neuroscience (MSc)
- Physics (MSc)
- Actuarial Science (BSc)
- Biochemistry (BSc)
- Biology (BSc)
- Chemical Engineering (BSc)
- Chemistry (BSc)
- Computer Engineering (BSc)
- Information Technology (BSc)
- Landscape Management (BSc)
- Graphic Design (BA)
- Mechanical Engineering (BSc)
- Microbiology (BSc)