Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University (BYU), located in Provo, Utah, United States, is a private, coeducational research university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church). It is the oldest existing institution within the LDS Church Educational System, is America’s largest religious university, and has the second-largest private university enrollment in the United States. Approximately 98% of the 34,000 students at BYU are Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church); one-third of its American students come from within the state of Utah.

Admissions and demographics

BYU accepted 68% of the 10,409 people who applied for admission in the summer term and fall semester of 2009. The average ACT score and GPA for these admitted students was 28.2 and 3.8, respectively. U.S. News and World Report describes BYU’s selectivity as being “more selective” and compares it with such universities as the University of Texas and The Ohio State University. In addition, BYU is ranked 26th in colleges with the most freshman Merit Scholars, with 88 in 2006. As of 2010 BYU became the nation’s most popular University, outranking Harvard University for the first time for the highest percentage of accepted applicants that go on to enroll (78% vs. 76%).

Students from every state in the U.S. and from many foreign countries attend BYU. (In the 2005-6 academic years, there were 2,396 foreign students, or 8% of enrollment.) Slightly more than 98% of these students are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2006, 12.6% of the student body reported themselves as ethnic minorities, mostly Asians, Pacific islanders and Hispanics.


Brigham Young University seeks to develop students of faith, intellect and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. Tracing its roots to Utah’s rich pioneer heritage, the university provides an outstanding education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Known for its internationally experienced and academically minded student body and world class teaching, BYU is also recognized for its beautiful mountain location, extensive language programs, talented performing arts ensembles, outstanding sports programs and devotion to combining solid scholarship with the principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Contact Info:

Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602,
Ph: (801) 422-4636

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