Brigham Young University Admission

Brigham Young University Admission

New Freshmen

Admission Application Tips

  • Freshmen who meet the December 1st priority deadline for the spring/summer/fall application will receive primary consideration in the admission process and in housing selection. See the full list of application deadlines here.
  • Applicants for fall semester will be able to select on-campus housing based on the completion date of the admission application.
  • Students who choose to apply for and attend summer term will have priority selection for fall on-campus housing and fall class registration.
  • Students should apply for the semester or term for which they wish to attend. Requests to change beginning semesters may not be accommodated.
  • The admission criteria are the same for all entry dates. One semester or term is not easier to get into over another.
  • Applicants will need to submit a transcript for any concurrent college credit received.
  • Any international work must be submitted through IERF or WES. See Evaluating International Work for more information. ​BYU will only accept official US-accredited transcripts without an evaluation.

Homeschooled Applicants

As part of the application, you are required to submit any high school or university work completed through an institution accredited by any of the following regional accrediting agencies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools (MSA)
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
  • North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA)
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)
  • AdvancED

Homeschooled students will be treated as New Freshmen as long as they have not completed any college work following the age when their peers would have graduated from high school. Applicants in this situation will need to take the ACT or SAT.

If their peers have graduated, they will need to take the ACT or SAT until they have completed 24 or more graded college credits.

Applicants who will not graduate from high school or complete secondary school through home schooling as required by the applicant’s state may be required to submit  a GED or state recognized high school equivalency exam. If a student will be required to complete a GED or other state recognized high school equivalency exam, it will appear as a requirement on the status page.

For more information on policies regarding our homeschooled applicants and for scholarship information, call Admission Services at (801) 422-5000 and ask to speak with one of our homeschooling specialists.

International Admission Application

Comprehensive Admissions Review

To apply, we must receive the following:

  • Willingness to adhere to the CES Honor Code
  • ACT or SAT score (if you have fewer than 24 college credits)
  • English Proficiency Score (If English is not your primary or native language)
  • Full documentation of all required transcripts. See the Evaluating International Work page for more details.
  • Evidence of financial ability
  • $35 application fee

New Freshmen are students who have not completed any college/university work following high school graduation/secondary education completion.

Transfer Students are applicants who attended one or more college or university after completion of secondary education/high school. Additionally, transfer students with more than 90 graded semester credit hours are unlikely to be admitted

Note: Failure to disclose complete academic history or any falsification of information required for admission consideration may result in immediate suspension and loss of all credit earned at BYU.

Application Parts

General Student Information
This part contains general student information, including:

  • Application instructions
  • Identification
  • Contact information
  • Ethnicity
  • Religious affiliation
  • Educational history (high school & college)
  • CES school selection

Once this part is submitted, the applicant will be able to move on to the rest of the application.

Ecclesiastical Endorsement
This part 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. Currently-serving missionaries will have one interview with their mission president. Start the endorsement process online at endorsement.byu.edu.

Non-LDS applicants have the option of completing the endorsement with their own religious leader or with a local LDS bishop, branch president, or mission president (to locate these ecclesiastical leaders, enter your address into the meetinghouse locator tool). Once you have decided how you would like to complete the endorsement, go to endorsement.byu.edu. There you can select a local LDS leader and complete the process using the online tool, or you may request a paper form to take to your preferred religious leader.

Seminary/Institute Attendance
This part of the application allows the applicant to record their 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 institution may explain their situation on the institute section of the application, and will not be penalized.

Extracurricular Activities
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:

  • Art
  • Athletics
  • Church leadership and awards
  • Community service/school leadership awards
  • Church, community, or special needs service hours
  • Math/science
  • Performing arts
  • Work experience
  • Speech
  • Writing

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.

Student Essay and Other Information
​​This part is mainly comprised of a number of essay questions. Simply use your best writing skills to answer the questions. Try to tell us about experiences and characteristics you have that will make you stand out from other applicants.

Financial Verification
This part of the application applies only to International students. International students are required to submit financial information regarding the Cost of Attendance, which proves their financial ability to attend BYU. This part requires the applicant to outline their financial plan to for the first year of attendance. Following admission decisions, accepted students will be contacted by International Student Services with further information regarding how to verify the information that they have provided. See the Financial Requirements section of the How Much Does it Cost? page for more information.

Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Winter 2018
Application Available October 17,
2016
October 17,
2016
October 17,
2016
March 31,
2017
Freshman/Transfer
Final Deadline
December 1,
2016
February 1,
2017
February 1,
2017
October 1,
2017
Financial Deadline March 15,
2017
May 1,
2017
July 1,
​2017
November 15,
2017
  • Application deadlines are final. Please make sure all application materials—including those submitted by others on behalf of the student—are postmarked or received by the final deadline. Any application failing to complete by the deadline will be withdrawn.
  • Each specific deadline is 11:59 PM MT on the posted date.
  • All applicants, including those who meet the priority deadline, will receive an admission decision 3-6 weeks after the application deadline.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students are applicants who attended one or more college or university after completion of secondary education/high school.

Transfer Student with fewer than 24 graded credits – submit all required application parts. You will be required to submit transcripts of any college/university work you have completed in addition to your high school work. An ACT or SAT score will be required.

Transfer Student with 24 or more graded credits – submit all required application parts. You will be required to submit transcripts of any college/university work you have completed.

Click here if you are an international applicant

The Online Application

Apply now at besmart.com
Read about the application parts here

Admission Application Tips

  • Students should apply for the semester or term for which they wish to attend. Requests to change beginning semesters may not be accommodated.
  • The admission criteria are the same for all entry dates. One semester or term is not easier to get into over another.
  • Applicants will need to submit a transcript for any concurrent college credit received.
  • Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for a second bachelor’s degree from BYU, but are welcome to apply to BYU graduate programs.
  • Transfer applicants with 90 or more graded semester credit hours are unlikely to be admitted.
  • For transfer guides, transfer evaluations, and transfer contact information, please visit: transfer.byu.edu
  • International college or university work must be submitted through IERF or WES. See Evaluating International Work for more information. ​BYU will only accept official US-accredited transcripts without an evaluation.

Former Student

You are considered a Former Student if you have previously been admitted and enrolled as a regular day-time student, and are applying to return to BYU with or without additional credit.

Note: If you have graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree, then you are not eligible for undergraduate admission to BYU; please contact our Graduate Studies department for information about continuing your education.

Admission Application Tips

  • The deadline to apply as a former student is the same as each semester’s appropriate application deadline. Former students will be notified of admission decisions approximately 4 weeks after the admission application deadline.
  • You will apply at besmart.com using the same NetID and password that you used when previously attending BYU. You will need to update the General Student Information and Ecclesiastical Endorsement parts of the application.
  • You may have completed additional credit since attending BYU. If so, you will need to send transcripts showing all work you have completed since attending BYU previously.
  • Students who have already been admitted to BYU will not need to re-pay the application fee to re-apply
  • Students who have not had day-continuing eligibility, but did participate in Study Abroad or Continuing Education are considered transfer students.
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