Brigham Young University (BYU) is an institution that is established, guided and funded by The LDS Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). The university has satellite campuses in Rexburg, Idaho and Laie, Hawaii. The total student enrollment on the Provo campus is about 29,000.
BYU’s beginnings can be traced back to 1862 when Warren Dusenberry founded a Provo institution in a famous adobe building known as Cluff Hall. The school was situated in the 200 East & 200 North northeast corner.
The former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ president, Brigham Young, personally bought the Lewis Building on October 16, 1875, after he previously hinted in 1862 that an institution should be constructed in Draper, Utah. October 16, 1875 is usually considered the university’s founding date.
Classes began in January 3rd, 1876. Under the tenure of George H. Brimhall, the university purchased seventeen acres of land from Provo known as Temple Hill. Although, there was some controversy over the purchase of this particular property among the locals, the construction of the institution’s first building on its present campus started in 1909.
Colleges and Schools
Academic divisions 8 colleges and the following schools: David O. McKay School of Education, J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott School of Management, David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and J. Reuben Clark Law School.
Students may select from over 50 courses of study including Accounting, Psychology, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Construction Management, Asian and Near Eastern Languages, English, Dance and so.
Graduate studies include master’s degree programs in most areas of study and students can earn doctoral degree in over 50 programs. Vital research facilities include labs for atomic, condensed and plasma matter physics. The campus is also the location of the Center for Family History & Genealogy and the Ezra Taft Benson Agriculture & Food Institute.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The Admissions Committee considesr a variety of factors when making decisions concerning student admission. Every prospective student MUST be endorsed by his/her spiritual leader as an individual who is worthy to attend and is also living in accord with the Honor Code and the Grooming and Dress Standards as well.
Prospective Students should also know that beyond the ecclesiastical endorsement, the Admissions Committee also takes each applicant’s academic record as the basic and core focus of their admission decisions into consideration. They are searching for students who are achievers in several various areas, not only academics.
Every new freshman applicant will go through a holistic evaluation procedure which will involve the following elements: seminary attendance, ecclesiastical endorsement, SAT or ACT scores, unweighted high school grade GPA, service, creativity, leadership, AP/IB classes taken, individual talents, special and unique circumstances, leadership and other factors that show an applicant’s ability to strengthen the university community.
It is strongly recommended that freshmen applicants who wish to have a strong admissions chance to attend have an unweighted GPA of B+ or better and have ACT scores in the mid 20s.
The university website is specially designed to assist students through the whole process of getting financial aid – the website will make sure that students do not miss a single thing while applying for financial assistance.
When the format is properly used, it will make sure that students know exactly how much money that they will need for school, what their resources are and how they can get their hands on those resources. Financial assistance is available in the form of in-house loans, federal loans, part-time work, federal grants and scholarships.
Student Financial Aid Details
BYU offers on and off campus housing for its students. All unmarried undergraduates are required to stay in on or off campus accommodations that are approved by the institution.
Residence Life maintains 4 housing complexes where single students are housed and also maintains a housing complex where married students are housed. There are about 4,800 bed spaces within BYU’s four single student apartment complexes. The names of the 4 student residence halls are Wyview Park, Heritage Halls, the Foreign Language Student Residences and Helaman Halls. Wymount Terrace offers on-campus housing for married students.
The institution’s social and cultural atmosphere is truly unique. The official student association organizes many of the on-campus student activities.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The athletic department fields 21 NCAA varsity teams, 19 of which have participated mostly in the Mountain West Conference since its commencement in 1999. Prior to 1999, teams took part in the Western Athletic Conference. Every team is known as the Cougars and since 1953 the school’s mascot has been Cosmo the Cougar.
Cougar athletes are usually older than players from other colleges and universities. This is because many players serve on full-time missions for a period of 2 years. The NCAA permits students to serve missions for a period of 2 years without taking away that time from the student’s eligibility, a policy which has led to minor controversies. In the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, swimming and diving are the two sports that have joined the Men’s Volleyball Program. The Cougars will also contend in the MPSF for indoor track & field on both the male and female side.
Well-known alumni include:
Stephenie Meyer – Best Selling AuthorJane Clayson Johnson – Co-host of The Early Show on CBSSharlene Wells Hawkes – former Miss America and Sports caster for ESPNAaron Eckhart – Golden Globe nominated actorJon Heder – Actor
Additional School Information
The Honor Code was initiated by students in 1949. It places emphasis on being honest, living a virtuous and chaste life, not participating in tobacco and alcohol consumption, using non-filthy language, and following the other values that are included in the Church of Jesus Christ’s doctrines. The Honor Code is also supplemented by added guidelines on grooming, housing and dressing.
The athletic teams do not play games on Sunday, and players have also been expelled for violating the Honor Code.
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