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First founded by Mormon settlers on the Snake River Plain in 1888, Brigham Young University- Idaho recently transitioned from a junior college into a four-year comprehensive private non-profit liberal arts institution. BYU Idaho is located on a beautiful 400-acre rural campus in Rexburg near the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Around 99 percent of BYU Idaho's over 15,600 students are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Most students will include an 18 to 24-month hiatus in their studies to work as missionaries. Brigham Young University- Idaho requires students adhere to an honor code, which includes abstaining from extramarital sex and alcohol consumption.

BYU Idaho has the mission of creating a wholesome, student-centered learning environment for strengthening faith and professional leadership. According to the U.S. News and World Report, Brigham Young University- Idaho is ranked the 13th best regional college in the West. BYUI is also the second cheapest private college in the United States. Forbes magazine recognized BYU Idaho as the 78th best school in the West and 289th top private college in America with a financial grade of B. BYU Idaho ranks fourth in the nation for graduating students with the least average debt. Brigham Young University- Idaho was honored on for being among the top schools for "Beauty and Brains" too.

Brigham Young University- Idaho Accreditation Details

Since 1936, Brigham Young University- Idaho has been continually accredited at the institution level through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). This is one of six regional accrediting organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Furthermore, several departments have pursued their own discipline-specific, professional accreditations nationally. Health science programs are approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Human services degrees meet the standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). BYU Idaho is also accredited through the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Brigham Young University- Idaho Application Requirements

Even though BYU Idaho has a less selective acceptance rate of 99 percent, incoming students still must fulfill admissions criteria. First-year freshmen must have completed a high school diploma or GED equivalent from an approved program. College preparation should include four years mathematics, four years English, three years laboratory science, two years history, and two years foreign language. Accepted students have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5. Taking the ACT or SAT is required. Freshmen earn mean composite scores of 24 on the ACT and 1090 on the SAT. Admissions priority is given to LDS students who have graduated from seminary and maintain active involvement in the church.

Undergraduate transfers looking to attend Brigham Young University- Idaho should have at least 24 semester or 36 quarter credits from a regionally accredited college. Transfer students must demonstrate a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5. Those with less than 24 credits will be assessed based on the freshmen criteria. Former students returning to BYU Idaho after a hiatus or gap year must re-apply for enrollment. Carrying a minimum cumulative university GPA of 2.0 is mandated for admissions. Part-time non-degree seeking students will only be accepted if they have earned a bachelor's degree, are 25 years of age or older, or are married.

Prior to the February 1st and October 1st deadlines, interested students wishing to attend Brigham Young University- Idaho must submit the following materials via

• Completed online application form
• $35 non-refundable application fee (unless waived)
• Official high school and/or college transcripts
• ACT or SAT composite score reports
• Church endorsements from bishop/branch president
• Resume of extra-curricular involvement
• One to two-page personal essay
• Signed BYU Idaho Honor Code form

Tuition and Financial Aid

Due to the LDS Church's tithing funds, tuition is significantly lower at BYU Idaho than the majority of other private universities. Full-time LDS students will pay $1,915 per semester for their undergraduate studies. LDS students taking less than 12 credits must afford $160 per credit hour. Non-LDS students enrolling full-time must budget for $3,830 in tuition each semester. For less than 12 credits, non-LDS students can pay $320 per hour. It's estimated that students will spend $400 for textbooks, $600 for transportation, $2,000 for housing, and $800 for personal expenses. This adds up to around $5,770 each semester total.

For help affording the costs, Brigham Young University- Idaho provides financial aid options for students after filing their FAFSA form. Money can be disbursed from the government through Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford, or Parents PLUS loans, but the funds must be repaid with significant interest. Financially needy students could qualify for free federal aid with the Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, Smart Grant, TEACH Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Idaho Work Study is available for in-state residents working in jobs related to their studies. Students of Native American heritage could be eligible for Bureau of Indian Affairs assistance. BYU Idaho also provides scholarships, including the Freshmen Academic Scholarship, Continuing Education Scholarship, and Talent Award.

Degree Programs Available at BYU Idaho

BYU Idaho is organized into six colleges to confer over 70 bachelor's degrees and 18 associate's degrees. The university's academic year is divided into three equal 14-week semesters called tracks. Some courses are offered during a short, two-month summer session for accelerated students following the innovative "Fast Grad" program. In addition to face-to-face classes at the Rexburg classes, there are over 210 courses and 15 degrees offered via online learning. Two top-notch accredited degrees at BYU Idaho are:

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

As a four-year program, the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering is offered to BYUI students looking to develop a strong foundation in engineering science for jobs designing, producing, and operating machinery. Coursework in the 120-unit program will cover topics in automotive technology, civil engineering, engineering management, mechanics, thermal science, manufacturing, supply chain management, material science, welding, and product development. Graduates will have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve critical engineering problems for gaining entry to mid-level positions.

B.S. in Marriage & Family Studies

Featuring a dynamic 120-credit curriculum, the B.S. in Marriage & Family Studies program is a lesser-known option for undergraduate students seeking to better understand the dynamics of healthy, strong family systems. Using an applied approach with field practicum, the program prepares students for entry-level human services careers serving couples and families. In addition to the General track, students can select the Professional Clinical, Home and Family Living, or Family Advocacy and Policy track. Majors can also gain hands-on experience at the Brigham Young University-Idaho "R" Child Development Laboratories.


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