Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah


#145 National Colleges

67.49% Admission Rate
Not Very Selective

31,292 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential
  • Religious Affiliation: Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church)

By Jaren Wilkey -, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Brigham Young University (BYU, sometimes referred to colloquially as The Y) is a private research university in Provo, Utah, United States. It was founded in 1875 by religious leader Brigham Young, and it is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

BYU offers a variety of academic programs, including liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, physical and mathematical sciences, nursing, and law. It has 186 undergraduate majors, 64 master's programs, and 26 doctoral programs. It is broadly organized into 11 colleges or schools at its main Provo campus, with certain colleges and divisions defining their own admission standards. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City, while its parent organization the Church Educational System (CES) sponsors sister schools in Hawaii and Idaho. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Almost all BYU students are members of the LDS Church. Students attending BYU agree to follow an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with teachings of the church, such as academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, abstinence from extramarital sex, from same sex romantic behavior, and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol. Undergraduate students are also required to complete curriculum in LDS religious education for graduation regardless of their course of study. An education at BYU is less expensive than at similar private universities, since the cost of operating the university is subsidized by the LDS Church's tithing funds. Due in part to the church's emphasis on missionary service, nearly 50% of BYU students have lived outside the United States, 65% speak a second language, and 63 languages are taught at the university regularly.

BYU's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the BYU Cougars. Their football team is a D1 Independent, while their other sports teams compete in either the West Coast Conference or Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. BYU's sports teams have won a total of 12 NCAA championships and 26 non-NCAA championships. On September 10, 2021, BYU formally accepted an invitation to the Big 12 Conference and will start participating in the conference in the 2023-24 school year.

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Provo, Utah

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City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

Rocky Mountains (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 13.2%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 11.8%
Social Sciences 8.4%
Health Professions And Related Programs 8.3%
Engineering 7.6%
Education 5.9%
Visual And Performing Arts 5.8%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5.4%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 5.3%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4.3%
Psychology 4.2%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 4.0%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 3.7%
Mathematics And Statistics 2.9%
English Language And Literature/Letters 2.5%
History 1.4%
Physical Sciences 1.3%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 1.1%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 1.0%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.5%
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services 0.5%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.4%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%
Military Technologies And Applied Sciences 0.2%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1326 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 710 655 600
Verbal 710 660 610

ACT Scores

29 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 30 28 25
English 34 30 26