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As the largest private, religious university in the nation, Brigham Young University serves more than 30,000 students annually and is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Founded in 1875 by its namesake, BYU values faith, intellect, and character within its students and seeks to instill a love of lifelong learning and service. The university contains 12 individual schools or colleges, including the Law School, Nursing School, and Religious Studies. The Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, named for Ira and Mary Lou Fulton, caters to more than 3,400 students in 11 degree programs, including those discussed below.
Brigham Young University Accreditations Details
Brigham Young University overall is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) provides four more accreditations for individual programs through their Applied Science Accreditation Commission, Computing Accreditation Commission, Engineering Accreditation Commission, and Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission. Many of the other disciplines and programs at BYU are also individually accredited through the appropriate agencies.
Brigham Young University Application Requirements
Because Brigham Young is a private, religious institution of higher learning, the application includes an ecclesiastical endorsement that must be completed by each applicant, in part agreeing to live in harmony with the university's honor code and dress and grooming standards. Prospective undergraduate students are also required to provide the appropriate grade reports and standardized test scores, although each application is reviewed holistically rather than based on a particular minimum test score or GPA. Applications are instead evaluated based on the personal essays required with the application, AP or IB courses taken in high school, seminary attendance, and any service or leadership experiences the student may have acquired.
Students applying for graduate studies at BYU are subjected to similar requirements, including the ecclesiastical endorsement and submission of documented grade reports and standardized test scores,. In this case, the test in question is generally the Graduate Records Exam, or GRE, and documents in questions include proof of a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited university or college with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Rather than differentiate tuition rates based on in-state or out-of-state residency, like most public and many other private universities, Brigham Young differentiates tuition rates based on whether the student is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) or not. Tuition is then assessed per credit hour up to a certain number of credit hours, a total that varies with semester or term, after which a lump sum is charged for a block of credit hours.
For the academic year beginning in Fall of 2017, undergraduate LDS students will pay $286 per credit hour for less than nine credit hours, after which the lump sum would be either $2,594 per semester for nine to less than 12 credit hours or $2,730 per full-time semester of more than 12 credit hours. Term charges are half of the lump sum amounts, as two terms can make up one semester, as is often the case with late spring and summer terms, so that students pay the same amount of $286 per credit hour for up to four credit hours, and then $1,297 for 4.5 to 5.5 credit hours and $1,365 for six or more credit hours, considered full-time for a term.
Non-LDS students pay $572 per credit hour, $5,188 per semester for nine to less than 12 credit hours, and $5,460 per semester for a full-time semester of 12 credit hours or more. Term charges for non-LDS students are once again half of each of these lump sum amounts, with the same $572 per credit hour for less than 4 credits, $2,594 for a schedule of 4.5 to 5.5 credit hours, and $2,730 per term for a full-time schedule of six or more credit hours.
Students in need of financial aid to help offset the cost of a college education are advised to start by filling out and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, designating Brigham Young as your school of choice. Being a part of the Brigham Young University community involves learning to be a responsible steward of whatever resources are available, in keeping with the scriptures that are such a large part of the religion of LDS, so students are encouraged to seek out scholarships, grants, and part-time work in order to minimize the need to go into debt in order to attend college.
Engineering Degrees Available at Brigham Young University
Students seeking to enter the field of Engineering at BYU have several options for concentrations. Brigham Young University offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Technology & Engineering Education, and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. In addition, students can go on to earn Masters of Science and doctoral degrees in each of the areas of Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering.
Each of the undergraduate programs have a strong base in mathematics and the sciences, and each involves a mix of classroom and practical experiences, achieved through extensive laboratory time and participation in faculty research programs. Throughout both undergraduate and graduate programs, as with all other areas of Brigham Young, emphasis is on service and responsibility to the communities in which students will eventually work and to the world in general, always using faith to guide the choices and leadership decisions that students will be expected to make, both in school and beyond graduation. All coursework and teaching principles are thus grounded in the principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Graduate programs build on the foundational material gained in the undergraduate degrees and lead to careers in higher management for students seeking the Masters of Science in Engineering degrees. Students interested in careers heavy on research or scientific inquiry should consider going on to complete a doctoral degree as well.
Whichever branch of engineering a student chooses, the atmosphere and belief system that pervades BYU provide a solid spiritual foundation for teaching the whole person and for providing guiding principles that students can apply to all other aspects of their lives. The choice to study at Brigham Young University is a solid investment into a solid financial and spiritual future.