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Brigham Young University-Provo

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Introduction

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.

History

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.

Academics

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.

Programs Offered

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

Admissions

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.

Financial Aid

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

Ranks 4697th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

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

Athletics

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.

Alumni

Well-known alumni include:

  • Stephenie Meyer – Best Selling Author
  • Jane Clayson Johnson – Co-host of The Early Show on CBS
  • Sharlene Wells Hawkes – former Miss America and Sports caster for ESPN
  • Aaron Eckhart – Golden Globe nominated actor
  • Jon 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.

    Information Summary

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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Utah and 192nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 1 0.00
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape N/A N/A
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson 4 0.01
    Burglary 10 0.03
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 4 0.01
    Arrest 6 0.02

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 92 0.08
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
    Forcible Rape 27 0.02
    Robbery 26 0.02
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 386 0.34
    Larceny 2,400 2.09
    Vehicle theft 102 0.09

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (high research activity)
    UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
    EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationLatter Day Saints (Mormon Church)
    Congressional District4903

    Special Learning Opportunities

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

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 2301st for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,850 $4,850 $4,850
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $257 $257 $257
    FT Graduate Tuition $6,130 $6,130 $6,130
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $340 $340 $340
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,496 $17,496 $17,496
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,496 $17,496 $17,496
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,528 $9,528 $9,528

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Law Degree — Tuition $11,280 $11,280
    Law Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $4,560 $4,710 $4,560 $4,710 $4,560 $4,710
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $900 $972
    On-Campus – Room & Board $7,228 $7,200
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,900 $4,588
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,228 $7,200
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,900 $4,588
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,900 $3,886

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$35
    Graduate Application Fee$50
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 11,423 (4,026 male / 7,397 female)
    Admitted 5,645 (1,777 male / 3,868 female)
    Admission rate 49%
    First-time Enrollment 4,427 (1,345 male / 3,082 female)
    FT Enrollment 4,369 (1,312 male / 3,057 female)
    PT Enrollment 58 (33 male / 25 female)
    Total Enrollment31,123

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    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)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Basketball Conference West Coast Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference West Coast Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    83rd for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 93%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 33
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 30
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 31

    SAT Test Admission

    117th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 32%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 570 / 680
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 580 / 680
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1150 / 1360

    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 Capacity6,100
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 391 17 347 131 12 6,509 101 7,722
    Accounting 26 11 2 226 2 268
    Accounting and Related Services, Other 10 4 2 94 2 115
    Acting 1 8 9
    Actuarial Science 7 1 16 1 25
    Advertising 3 9 1 80 1 99
    American/United States Studies/Civilization 2 34 36
    Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 12 12
    Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
    Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 3 1 19 26
    Anthropology 1 19 21
    Anthropology, Other
    Arabic Language and Literature 1 1 21 1 24
    Archeology 1 1 1 14 1 18
    Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 1 41 47
    Art/Art Studies, General 8 8
    Asian Studies/Civilization 1 2 4 8
    Astronomy 7 7
    Athletic Training/Trainer 2 45 48
    Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 2 104 2 112
    Biochemistry 3 2 34 39
    Bioinformatics 1 1 13 15
    Biology Teacher Education 17 17
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 1 28 1 36
    Biophysics 6 6
    Biostatistics 1 1 2
    Biotechnology 7 2 20 30
    Business Administration and Management, General 24 10 8 209 1 257
    Business Statistics
    Business/Commerce, General 1 26 1 28
    Business/Managerial Economics 3 1 23 28
    Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 2 2
    Chemical Engineering 14 7 2 75 1 99
    Chemistry Teacher Education 3 3
    Chemistry, General 2 1 1 12 16
    Chinese Language and Literature 1 2 22 1 27
    Civil Engineering, General 7 7 1 105 1 124
    Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 5 5
    Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 7 6 22 37
    Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 1 1 2 23 1 30
    Comparative Literature 1 1 2 4
    Computer Engineering, General 1 1 11 1 15
    Computer Graphics 10 10
    Computer Science 6 4 1 91 106
    Conducting 1 2 3
    Conservation Biology 1 1 6 8
    Construction Management 4 1 42 49
    Creative Writing 10 10
    Crop Production 1 1
    Dance, General 1 1 20 1 23
    Dance, Other
    Design and Visual Communications, General 2 3 30 37
    Dietetics/Dietitian 1 35 2 39
    Drama and Dance Teacher Education 17 17
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 27 1 31
    Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 1 24 28
    Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 1 1 24 27
    Economics, General 19 1 7 129 4 162
    Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 25 26
    Educational/Instructional Technology 6 6
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 9 1 1 73 2 88
    Elementary Education and Teaching 4 9 4 185 205
    Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
    English Language and Literature, General 4 11 4 227 6 259
    English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 5 30 1 38
    Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 4 2 27 2 37
    Environmental Health 2 4 4 1 21 2 35
    Environmental Science 1 6 7
    Epidemiology 1 9 11
    Exercise Physiology 7 17 5 1 301 6 345
    Facilities Planning and Management 1 3 1 17 1 23
    Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 1 1 15 1 19
    Family Systems 2 2 5 2 2 104 1 125
    Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 2 22 1 25
    Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 3 1 75 1 85
    Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 2 35 1 41
    Finance, General 24 4 141 1 174
    Financial Planning and Services
    Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 1 24 28
    Food Science 3 2 20 26
    Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 3 3
    French Language Teacher Education 2 5 7
    French Language and Literature 1 29 1 33
    Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 6 8
    Geography 1 1 1 10 13
    Geography, Other 3 1 3 45 1 54
    Geology/Earth Science, General 2 23 26
    German Language Teacher Education 4 1 5
    German Language and Literature 4 4
    German Studies 3 1 4
    Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 3 3
    Graphic Design 1 14 2 17
    Health Teacher Education 1 14 16
    Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 10 1 105 2 122
    Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 2 7 2 48 1 61
    History Teacher Education 1 2 29 32
    History, General 2 4 105 2 115
    History, Other 1 10 11
    Human Development and Family Studies, General 3 6 121 4 139
    Humanities/Humanistic Studies 7 7
    Hydrology and Water Resources Science 2 2
    Illustration 2 2 12 16
    Industrial and Product Design 2 7 1 12
    Information Resources Management 2 4 68 74
    Information Technology 19 4 1 80 1 106
    International Relations and Affairs 4 2 4 35 46
    Italian Language and Literature 1 14 15
    Italian Studies
    Japanese Language and Literature 6 13 20
    Jazz/Jazz Studies 4 4
    Journalism 1 1 1 61 1 65
    Journalism, Other 1 2 9 12
    Keyboard Instruments 1 1 14 16
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science
    Korean Language and Literature 7 7
    Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 1 1 35 38
    Language Interpretation and Translation 4 4 11 19
    Latin American Studies 2 3 23 1 31
    Latin Teacher Education 1 1
    Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 10 1 11
    Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 1 1 37 2 42
    Linguistics 3 1 1 61 2 71
    Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 7 1 44 55
    Manufacturing Engineering 2 1 6 1 48 58
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 1 67 1 79
    Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 1 1 11 14
    Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 11 12
    Mathematics Teacher Education 2 1 51 55
    Mathematics, General 3 1 2 46 55
    Mechanical Engineering 8 5 2 1 162 2 181
    Microbiology, General 4 1 28 35
    Molecular Biology 4 29 33
    Museology/Museum Studies
    Music History, Literature, and Theory
    Music Performance, General 1 2 1 24 28
    Music Teacher Education 2 19 22
    Music Theory and Composition 1 6 7
    Music, General 1 1 1 17 22
    Music, Other 15 15
    Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1 3 4
    Near and Middle Eastern Studies
    Neuroscience 3 1 3 1 62 78
    Nutrition Sciences 2 5 1 36 1 46
    Organizational Behavior Studies 2 1 22 1 27
    Painting
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 3 1 3 3 1 83 2 101
    Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other 2 4 6
    Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
    Personality Psychology 1 1 14 16
    Philosophy 22 2 25
    Photography 8 8
    Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 24 26
    Physics Teacher Education 4 4
    Physics, General 1 2 36 1 40
    Physics, Other 1 19 20
    Physiology, General 1 2 2 67 2 76
    Political Science and Government, General 5 5 2 1 86 1 102
    Portuguese Language and Literature 1 2 11 14
    Programs for Foreign Lawyers 2 1 3
    Psychology Teacher Education
    Psychology, General 10 1 13 7 225 1 265
    Public Administration 11 3 3 86 1 111
    Public Health Education and Promotion 2 4 1 68 1 76
    Public Health, General 20 23
    Public Policy Analysis, General 2 10 1 13
    Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 1
    Public Relations/Image Management 3 7 61 78
    Recording Arts Technology/Technician 1 5 6
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 4 2 107 117
    Religious Education 1 6 7
    Russian Language and Literature 1 1 27 29
    Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 12 1 14
    School Psychology 1 1 10 12
    Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1 4 6
    Social Science Teacher Education 31 31
    Social Work 1 3 33 38
    Sociology 3 2 5 2 1 68 1 90
    Soil Sciences, Other 1 1 22 27
    Spanish Language Teacher Education 5 2 9 17
    Spanish Language and Literature 1 10 44 58
    Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 3 44 1 51
    Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 26 26
    Statistics, General 2 21 24
    Statistics, Other 5 14 20
    Stringed Instruments 1 3 11 15
    Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 1 24 1 28
    Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 2 2 4
    Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 8 9
    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 3 1 13 17
    Teaching French as a Second or Foreign Language
    Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
    Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 42 3 47
    Visual and Performing Arts, Other 8 1 10
    Voice and Opera 10 10
    Wildlife Biology 1 18 21
    Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 7 9

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 146th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $106,370 ($111,015 male / $82,727 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,224 (977 male / 247 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 1,733
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
    Total Benefits $94,577,487
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