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.