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Brigham Young University-Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho Rating: 4.8/5 (32 votes)

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Introduction

Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYUI) is a large, private university in Rexburg, Idaho. The school is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS. (Members of the church are also commonly known as Mormons, a term the Church does not prefer.) The school is under the direction of a Board of Trustee which includes members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The mission of the university is to develop students for their future role in the church, and the emphasis is on obedience and servitude. Over 99% of university students are members of the LDS Church.

BYUI is known for its very attractive campus, which rests on 400 acres on a hilltop overlooking the Snake River Valley. The main campus features a family history center, arboretum, planetarium, and wildlife museum The school is also known for its excellent Ruffatti organ in the Ruth K. Barrus Concert Hall. The university owns several notable holdings off the main campus: two Outdoor Learning Centers, a Livestock Center, two student leadership lodges, and a Natural Science Center.

For most of its history, the university was a junior college known as Ricks College. In 2001 the school converted to a full university, offering around 70 bachelor’s degree programs. Today, there are over 14,000 students enrolled.

Academics

There are six colleges within the university: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Business and Communication, College of Education and Human Development, College of Language and Letters, College of Performing and Visual Arts, and College of Physical Sciences and Engineering. Within these six colleges there are 38 departments and over 100 bachelor degrees.

Three Track System

The academic calendar operates on a three-track system, which allows students to enter (or, for missionaries, re-enter) at convenient term breaks throughout the year. Students can also choose to attend class continuously year-round, finishing their degrees at an accelerated pace.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Unlike most universities, which base admissions largely on academic factors, admissions here are based 60% on non-academic factors and just 40% on academic factors. Non-academic factors include ecclesiastical endorsement, seminary attendance and graduation, extracurricular activities, and personal essays. Academic factors include ACT or SAT scores, high school grade point average, and whether the student has taken any AP or IB classes. The minimum acceptable scores are 16 for the ACT and 760 on the SAT, and the minimum high school grade point average is 2.0 The average accepted scores are 24 for the ACT and 1120 for the SAT. The average grade point average is 3.4.

LDS applicants must be members of the church in good standing. Non-LDS applicants may be interviewed by an LDS bishop or by a leader of the student’s own faith.

Students

Demographics

Roughly 40% of students are Idaho state natives. About another 10% come from Utah, 10% from California, 8% from Washington, and 6% from New Mexico. The rest of the student body come from across the rest of the United States and around 50 countries from around the world. Over 90% of the student body is European American. Around 40% of students take a two-year hiatus during their education to work as missionaries for the church.

Religious Life

Student life on campus is extremely religious. Nearly every Tuesday students and faculty attend an hour long worship service, and students are strongly encouraged to attend Temple on Sundays as well. The Rexburg Temple is located directly next to the main campus.

Student Activities and Events

Although student clubs were allowed in the past, the university has abolished all clubs and Greek organizations. In their place, the school conducts academic societies in different disciplines, activities programs, and association for student well-being. Students have extremely few opportunities to participate in any activities that are not under the auspices of the church (or, by extension, the university) and independent activities and thought are strongly discouraged. The school organizes movies, game nights, and married student date nights.

Student Activities hosts service projects, dances, concerts, and other social events for the student body. There is a thriving jazz scene at the school, including an annual jazz festival, several bands and combos, and an academic jazz program. The campus is home to KBYI-FM, a public radio station which broadcasts an area including sections of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

One of the most popular events is the annual Temple to Temple Relay, a 37+ mile race from the Rexburg LDS temple to the Idaho Falls Temple. Students, faculty, and alumni race in teams of eight runners.

Residential Life

Students may choose to live in on-campus housing or university-approved off-campus housing, 90% of which are within 2 blocks of campus. They are not free to make their own independent living choices. Student living is organized to “build Zion in our apartments”.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic department does not host competitive intercollegiate teams. Team sports and intramurals are a large part of student life at the university, however, and include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

Local Community

The city of Rexburg features a wintry climate. Snowboarding, skating, hockey, and skiing are all popular past times among the student body. During the summer, camp outs among the sand dunes and bridge jumping are both popular.

Additional School Information

Students must follow the university’s honor code. This code sets out expectations in line with LDS theology. According to the code, students are prohibited from engaging in premarital sex or consuming caffeine or alcohol. They must also follow explicit dress and grooming standards. Overalls, baseball caps (inside) shorts, flip-flops, and worn or faded clothes are not allowed. Staff and faculty are also required to follow the honor code.

Information Summary

Ranks 8th in Idaho and 1367th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 4 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 10 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 16 0.06
Larceny 182 0.71
Vehicle theft 7 0.03

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5805th for the average student loan amount.
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Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationLatter Day Saints (Mormon Church)
Congressional District1602

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3531st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,650 $3,650 $3,650
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $152 $152 $152
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $11,398 $11,398 $11,398
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,398 $11,398 $11,398
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,468 $6,468 $6,468

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,811 $3,770 $3,811 $3,770 $3,811 $3,770
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,152 $800
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,868 $4,000
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,810 $2,630
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,868 $4,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,810 $2,630
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,810 $1,500

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,690 (2,118 male / 4,572 female)
Admitted 6,665 (2,107 male / 4,558 female)
Admission rate 100%
First-time Enrollment 3,448 (962 male / 2,486 female)
FT Enrollment 3,220 (866 male / 2,354 female)
PT Enrollment 228 (96 male / 132 female)
Total Enrollment27,692

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

774th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

787th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 37%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 560
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1120

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity828
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$2,300
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 141 14 268 64 48 4,621 2 5,242
Accounting 9 1 6 2 2 110 132
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 34 35
Agricultural Teacher Education 5 5
Agronomy and Crop Science 2 2
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 1 1 1 38 42
Animal Sciences, General 15 15
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 2 15 17
Art Teacher Education 1 1 15 17
Art/Art Studies, General 4 8 3 2 89 108
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 4 4
Biology Teacher Education 2 1 8 12
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 10 5 1 82 99
Business Administration and Management, General 19 1 12 2 2 217 255
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 9 9
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 3 4
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 2 20 22
Child Development 3 1 6 1 59 70
Computer Engineering, General 1 2 17 20
Computer Science 1 1 20 23
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4 3 2 75 84
Construction Management 1 3 1 44 1 51
Dance, General 1 7 8
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 5 66 72
Economics, General 1 11 12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 2 3
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 5 2 159 171
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1 14 16
Engineering, General 1 2 3
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 2 3 1 74 85
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 4 2 42 48
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 2 2
Exercise Physiology 5 5 3 3 150 168
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 1 1 1 9 12
Finance, General 1 1 1 14 18
Fire Services Administration 14 14
General Studies 37 8 104 22 24 1,830 1 2,066
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 2 22 25
Health Teacher Education
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 24 26
History Teacher Education 29 30
History, General 2 2 31 37
Human Development and Family Studies, General 8 9
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 17 18
Informatics 2 2
Interior Design 2 1 23 26
International/Global Studies 2 4 2 14 22
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 3 1 37 42
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 23 27
Mathematics, General 1 1 13 16
Mechanical Engineering 2 2 65 69
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 2 2
Music Performance, General 3 45 48
Music Teacher Education 1 27 28
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 2 45 47
Physics Teacher Education 1 1 2
Physics, General 1 17 18
Plant Nursery Operations and Management 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 4 8 2 44 59
Psychology, General 2 5 2 96 106
Public Health Education and Promotion 7 14 1 1 141 165
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 1 9 3 2 247 272
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 3 3
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 16 18
Social Work 6 1 43 51
Sociology 1 1 6 1 1 59 69
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 3 20 24
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9 9 2 2 163 187
Speech Teacher Education 1 11 12
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 2 2
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 26 27
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 10 11
Welding Technology/Welder 2 2
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 15 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 398th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $89,891 ($90,340 male / $66,639 female)
Number of FT Faculty 486 (437 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,243
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $32,098,000
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