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General Admission 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 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.

Admission Status and Academic Standing: Admission 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 of the semester or term for which the student is applying.

    Fall Semester

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

    *This deadline does not apply to international new freshmen.

    Winter Semester

    All applicants: October 1

    Spring-Summer

      Spring Term

      All applicants: February 1

      Summer Term

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

      *This deadline does not apply to international new freshmen.

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



    US Applicants

    New Freshmen

    New freshmen are 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 Alternatives: Those who complete their secondary education through the General Education Development (GED) test, 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: US history, US Constitution, US 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 challenges them. Typing and computer skills are valuable assets in today's world, and should be learned either independently or through high school courses.

    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 each year), 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. Because test results take approximately four weeks after the test date to arrive at the Admissions Office, students should plan to take the test at least a month before the deadline for the semester in which they intend to enroll. 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

    • *Any college or high school work that is completed internationally will need to be evaluated by a third party. Our preferred evaluation agency is IERF (www.ierf.org).

    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

    • *This deadline does not apply to international new freshmen.

    Admission Criteria: Those who complete their application by the December 1 priority deadline will be given extra consideration in the admission 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 is comprised of 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.

    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 admission 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.



    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.



    Homeschooled Applicants

    Applicants who have been homeschooled 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. Applicants should contact Admissions Services (801-422-5000) for more details on the application process for homeschooled students.



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

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



    Transfer Students

    Transfer with Fewer than 24 College Credits

    This student type refers to students who have completed fewer than 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of graded college credit after high school graduation. This does not include AP, IB, or CLEP credit; or institute of religion credit. 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 has 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 fewer 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
    • *Any college or high school work that is completed internationally will need to be evaluated by a third party. Our preferred evaluation agency is IERF (www.ierf.org).

    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

    Admission Criteria: All applications of transfer students with fewer than 24 credits go through a holistic review process which is comprised of 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. 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 degree or certification) from any institution. This type of credit includes subjects such as auto-mechanics, cosmetology, dental hygiene, and other technical fields. Once admitted, each incoming transcript will be checked for vocational credit, and those vocational credits will be marked as non-transferrable credit. 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 35% of the credit within the degree is considered to be academic credit.

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

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


    Transfer with 24 or More College Credits

    This student type refers to students who have completed 24 or more semester hours (36 quarter hours) of graded college credit after high school graduation. This does not include AP, IB, CLEP or institute of religion credit. 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
    • *Any college or high school work that is completed internationally will need to be evaluated by a third party. Our preferred evaluation agency is IERF (www.ierf.org).

    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

    Admission Criteria: All transfer applications go through a holistic review process which is comprised of the following elements: ecclesiastical endorsement, leadership experience, GPA, course selection, quality of coursework, Institute of Religion involvement, academic goals, and other similar factors. 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 final admission deadline.

    BYU does not accept vocational transfer credit (college courses leading to an applied associate degree or certification) from any institution. This type of credit includes subjects such as auto-mechanics, cosmetology, dental hygiene, and other technical fields. Once admitted, each incoming transcript will be checked for vocational credit, and those vocational credits will be marked as non-transferrable credit. 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 35% 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 not 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 may be awarded credit.
    3. An associate of art or science degree from any one of the 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 arts 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 arts or science degrees must include at least 35% solid, academic classes (i.e., general education) in order to fulfill BYU's university core requirements as stated above. Associate of arts or science degrees that include more than 65% 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 guides have been established for some of BYU's main feeder institutions. A list of these transfer guides 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 websites for the most accurate information.

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



    Former Students

    Former students are students who were admitted to the university as fully-matriculated students, completed coursework at BYU, but have been absent from the university for more than one major semester. 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
    • *Any college or high school work that is completed internationally will need to be evaluated by a third party. Our preferred evaluation agency is IERF (www.ierf.org).

    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 student status is not a guarantee of admission. Former students with additional transfer credit must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA or higher on additional work.

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

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



    Visiting Student Program

    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-summer.

    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 fewer than 24 semester/36 quarter hours of college credit have been completed, also submit
      • High school transcript*
      • ACT/SAT scores
    • *Any college or high school work that is completed internationally will need to be evaluated by a third party. Our preferred evaluation agency is IERF (www.ierf.org).

    Admission Criteria: The application deadline for the Visiting Student Program is the week before classes begin. Admission 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 an 18 or higher on the ACT.

    Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our websites 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.



    BYU Concurrent Enrollment

    Local high school students who wish to be considered for admission as part-time students while enrolled in high school will apply as concurrent enrollment students.

    Application: Applicants desiring to attend BYU as concurrent enrollment students 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 semester of enrollment at the university.

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

    Print material is subject to change. Please refer to our websites 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.




    Postbaccalaureate Studies (PBS)

    Students who have already received a baccalaureate degree or higher from any institution, including BYU, are not eligible for admissions consideration to pursue another baccalaureate degree or major. However, these students may use university resources during spring-summer through Evening Classes or through BYU Independent Study. Fall and winter admission resources are reserved for undergraduate students and students who have been officially admitted into a graduate program.

    Application: Postbaccalaureate 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
    • *Any college or high school work that is completed internationally will need to be evaluated by a third party. Our preferred evaluation agency is IERF (www.ierf.org).

    The application deadline for the postbaccalaureate Studies program is the first day of classes. International students are not normally eligible for this program.

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

    Regardless of printed admission 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 21 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 or spring-summer. Any student formally admitted to BYU may also enroll in courses offered through the Evening Classes Office. For further details, please visit the Evening Classes website (eveningclasses.byu.edu) 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 earned a high school diploma or GED, received an ecclesiastical endorsement, agreed to abide by the Honor Code and BYU Dress and Grooming Standards, and successfully completed the Clearance to Register form. 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 website (http://slc.byu.edu) or contact the Salt Lake Center:

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



    Deferments

    Continuing Student Leave of Absence

    BYU daytime 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 spring-summer.

    Note: International students must obtain clearance from International Services 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, ask your bishop to submit the Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement Form found online at https://honorcode.byu.edu.
    • Scholarship: The continuing student scholarship application deadline for fall, winter, and spring-summer scholarships is March 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, you will have to start repaying your loans.
    • Reapplication for Admission: If you fail to enroll in classes before the add/drop deadline of the major semester (fall/winter) immediately following your leave of absence, you will lose your continuing student status and 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 freshman, transfer, 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 Applicants

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

    Once admitted to the university, all international students must make a deposit of $4,000 USD before they will be able to register for classes. The deposit will be held in an escrow account with the intent to be released to the student during his 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 have already accessed the $3,000 USD from their deposit and who find they are unable to cover the costs associated with continued education at BYU will receive the final $1,000 in the form of a plane ticket to return to their home country.

    In addition to the deposit, international students requiring an I-20 must provide proof of finances for the first year of study. The I-20 will not be issued and a registration hold will be placed on the student's file until the proof of finances has been provided. Once the financial support requirement has been cleared, the I-20 will be processed and sent to the student, and the registration hold will then be released.

    International New Freshmen

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

    Secondary School Graduation Alternatives: Applicants who complete their secondary education through the General Education Development (GED) test, home study, home school, or other alternative secondary education 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.

    LDS Seminary: Students are encouraged to participate in LDS seminary during secondary 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 secondary 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 throughout the year; consult their website (www.act.org) for more specific dates. The SAT is also administered throughout the year; consult their website (www.collegeboard.com) for specific test dates. Because test results take approximately four weeks after the test date to arrive at the Admissions Office, students should plan to take the test at least a month before the deadline for the semester in which they intend to enroll. Registration information can be obtained from each of the aforementioned websites.

    Application: Those applying as international new freshman students 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 ACT/SAT scores
    • Submit TOEFL/IELTS scores
    • All international students will need to have their secondary school and college (if applicable) transcripts sent to an international transcript evaluation agency. ** BYU's preferred transcript evaluation agency is the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) www.ierf.org/byu-ces/. Completed evaluations will be submitted electronically to the Admissions Office by the agency. Information on fees, requirements, and how to submit your official transcripts can be found on the organization's website.
    • *Part 5 will only need to be submitted if the applicant attended a US-accredited school.

      **If the secondary school/college is located in the United States or is a US-accredited school, the transcripts will not need to be evaluated by a third party.

    The application deadlines for international new freshmen are as follows:

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

    Admission Criteria: All new freshman applicants will be notified of their admission decision no later than February 28. All new freshman applications go through a holistic review process which is comprised of the following elements: ecclesiastical endorsement, secondary school GPA, ACT or SAT score, seminary attendance, service, leadership, individual talents, creativity, 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 3.4 GPA (US equivalent) 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.

    English: All nonnative English-speaking applicants must send official results of the TOEFL or IELTS exam to BYU. Applicants need to have a total Internet-based test (iBT) TOEFL score of 80 or higher, with no section score below 20. Those who take the Academic IELTS should earn a score of 6.5 overall, with a subscore no lower than a 6.5 in speaking, and a subscore no lower than 6.0 in reading, writing, and listening. Tests must be on official international test dates. Institutional tests are not acceptable.

    Homeschooled International Applicants

    These individuals must complete all application requirements for international new freshman applicants. Their academic qualifications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. International homeschooled applicants should contact the International Admissions Office (801-422-7535 or intladm@byu.edu) for more details.

    Housing: The admission application is also the application for on-campus housing. Housing Services will contact the students with further information once admitted.

    Registration and Completion Requirements: All undergraduate international students in attendance must register for and complete at least 12 hours of daytime credit per semester or spring-summer.

    Official University Visa Policy: Students should not attempt to enter the United States to attend BYU as a full-time student without presenting an I-20 form from BYU (certificate of eligibility), a valid passport, and a valid F-1 visa, or other appropriate immigration documents. 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 of arrival on campus.

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

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

    International Transfer Applicants

    International Transfer Applicants with Fewer than 24 College Credits

    This student type applies to applicants who have completed fewer than 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of graded college credit after secondary school graduation. This does not include AP, IB, CLEP, or LDS institute of religion credit. College credits must be completed by the application deadline in order to count toward the 24 credit hour threshold. These students will be evaluated for admission based on both their secondary school and college work.

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

    Application: Those applying as international transfer students with fewer than 24 credits 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 ACT/SAT scores
    • Submit TOEFL/IELTS scores
    • All international students will need to have their secondary school and college (if applicable) transcripts sent to an international transcript evaluation agency.** BYU's preferred transcript evaluation agency is the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) www.ierf.org/byu-ces/. Completed evaluations will be submitted electronically to the Admissions Office by the agency. Information on fees, requirements, and how to submit your official transcripts can be found on the organization's website.
    • *Part 5 will only need to be submitted if the applicant attended a US-accredited school.

      **If the secondary school/college is located in the United States or is a US-accredited school, the transcripts will not need to be evaluated by a third party.

    The application deadlines for international transfer students are as follows:

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

    Admission Criteria: All applications of transfer students with fewer than 24 credits go through a holistic review process which is comprised of the following elements: ecclesiastical endorsement, secondary school GPA, college GPA, ACT or SAT score, seminary attendance, service, leadership, individual talents, creativity, unique or special circumstances, and other factors showing a student's ability to strengthen the BYU community. It is recommended that students have a 3.4 GPA and an ACT score in the mid 20's to be competitive for admission. Transfer applications will receive their admission decisions no later than February 28.

    BYU does not accept vocational transfer credit (college courses leading to an applied associate degree or certification) from any institution. This type of credit includes subjects such as auto-mechanics, cosmetology, dental hygiene, and other technical fields. Once admitted, each incoming transcript will be checked for vocational credit, and those vocational credits will be marked as non-transferrable credit. 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 35% of the credit within the degree is considered to be academic credit.

    English: All nonnative English-speaking applicants must send official results of the TOEFL or IELTS exam to BYU. Applicants need to have a total Internet-based test (iBT) TOEFL score of 80 or higher, with no section score below 20. Those who take the Academic IELTS should earn a score of 6.5 overall, with a subscore no lower than 6.5 in speaking, and a subscore no lower than 6.0 in reading, writing, and listening. Tests must be on official international test dates. Institutional tests are not acceptable.

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

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



    International Transfer Applicants with 24 or More College Credits

    This student type applies to students who have completed 24 or more semester hours (36 quarter hours) of graded college credit after secondary school graduation. This does not include AP, IB, CLEP, or LDS institute of religion credit. College credits must be completed by the application deadline in order to count toward the 24 credit hour threshold.

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

    Application: Those applying as international transfer students with 24 or more credits 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 TOEFL/IELTS scores
    • All international students will need to have their secondary school and college (if applicable) transcripts sent to an international transcript evaluation agency.* BYU's preferred transcript evaluation agency is the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) www.ierf.org/byu-ces/. Completed evaluations will be submitted electronically to the Admissions Office by the agency. Information on fees, requirements, and how to submit your official transcripts can be found on the organization's website.
    • *If the secondary school/college is located in the United States or is a US-accredited school, the transcripts will not need to be evaluated by a third party.

    The application deadlines for international transfer students are as follows:

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

    Admission Criteria: All transfer applications go through a holistic review process which is comprised of 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 3.4 GPA (US equivalent) to be competitive for admission. International transfer applicants with three or more years of work at another college or university are unlikely to be admitted. International transfer applicants will receive their admission decisions no later than 4 weeks after the final admission deadline.


    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 not accepted, even if earned at an accredited institution.

    Additional factors that can affect the transfer of credit:

    1. Advanced Placement scores of 3, 4, and 5 and IB scores of 5, 6, or 7 may be awarded credit.
    2. An associate of art or science degree from any one of the 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.
    3. Most associate of arts 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 arts or science degrees must include at least 35% solid, academic classes (i.e., general education) in order to fulfill BYU's university core requirements as stated above. Associate of arts or science degrees that include more than 65% 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.
    4. Credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis for students who do not complete an associate of arts or science degree. Transfer guides have been established for some of BYU's main feeder institutions. A list of these transfer guides can be found at http://transfer.byu.edu.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.


    Registration and Completion Requirements: All undergraduate international students in attendance must register for and complete at least 12 hours of daytime credit per semester or spring-summer.

    Official University Visa Policy: Students should not attempt to enter the United States to attend BYU as a full-time student without presenting an I-20 form from BYU (Certificate of Eligibility), a valid passport, a valid F-1 visa, or other appropriate immigration documents. 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 websites for the most accurate information.

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



    International Former Students

    Former students are students who were admitted to the university as fully-matriculated students, completed coursework at BYU, but have been absent from the university for more than one major semester. 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: International applicants who are applying as former students must complete the following requirements:

    • Complete parts 1, 2, 3, and 8 of the online application at besmart.com
    • Submit official college transcripts from any schools attended since last attending BYU

    The application deadlines for international former students are as follows:

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

    Admission Criteria: Former student status is not a guarantee of admission. Former students with additional transfer credit must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA or higher on additional work.

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

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



    Visiting Students

    International students are not normally eligible for this program.


    Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS)

    International students are not normally eligible for this program.


    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. An academic year begins with fall semester and continues through the next spring-summer. International students must obtain clearance from the International Services Office before taking a leave of absence. International students will be required to return to their home country for the duration of the 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 fall, winter, and spring-summer scholarships is March 1, regardless of BYU attendance.
    • Re-application for Admission: If you fail to enroll in classes before the add/drop deadline of the major semester (fall/winter) 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://aso.byu.edu/suspension-and-dismissal).
    • New freshman, transfer, 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

    International students who want to defer their enrollment for an LDS mission must complete a Missionary Deferment form, available at http://admissionsforms.byu.edu. This form needs to be completed by the student, and signed by a representative from International Services. 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 spring-summer 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.



    BYU 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 website (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



    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 website (gradstudies.byu.edu) or contact the Graduate Studies department:

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



    Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

    BYU may 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.



    College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

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