Brigham Young University Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,Provo,USA

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Shilpa Saxena

Brigham Young University (BYU) is a private university founded, guided, and supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Over 145 years old, this university in Utah, United States is run by the Church Educational System (CES).

BYU has the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation. Since 1996, the university has welcomed more than 255 ambassadors from over 100 countries to speak on the campus.

BYU Fast Facts

The university also offers various study abroad programs to its students, providing 229 study abroad programs to choose from and across 80 countries. On average, nearly 17% of the total BYU students avail the study abroad facility. In the academic year 2016-2017, approximately 1,901 BYU students studied abroad as part of their study tenure.

Courses Offered


What are the courses available to international students?


BYU offers over 200 degree programs allowing its national and international students to choose from more than:

  • 186 undergraduate majors
  • 110 undergraduate minors
  • 64 master's programs
  • 26 doctoral programs

BYU Study Areas

International students may choose their area of specialization across the following streams:

BYU Study Areas

BYU Research Areas

The university also allows students to conduct research in the following areas:

  • Africana Studies
  • Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Global Women's Studies
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle East Studies/Arabic

Besides the regular degree programs offered at the university, BYU teaches languages courses. As a part of this, BYU offers 15 language certifications and teaches 63 languages regularly.


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


International applicants must ensure meeting the following requirements at the time of application at Brigham Young University:

Basic Education

  • Undergraduate applicants with SAT or ACT results with the highest composite score
  • Good scores in 10th and 12th grades from a recognized board of education for under graduate applicants
  • Graduate applicants with GRE or GMAT results with impressive scores
  • Good scores in 10th, 12th, and bachelors from a recognized university/institution for graduate applicants
  • Previous education in relevant discipline for both for graduate and for undergraduate applicants

Visa Requirements

In addition, the applicants must meet the visa policy and work permit requirements specified by the university.

English Proficiency Requirements

BYU requires proof of English proficiency for its international applicants. The English proficiency tests include IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, and Cambridge English (Advanced or Proficient) scores, which are valid for two years. If the test score expires before the application deadline, a new score will be required. This is not applicable in cases where a student takes the Cambridge English exams.

English Proficiency Score

The minimum scores accepted by the university in these exams are:

Exam and Section Scores

TOEFL iBT

IELTS Academic

Reading

20

6

Writing

20

6

Speaking

20

6.5

Listening

20

6

Use of English

NA

NA

Overall

80

6.5 bands

Exam and Section Scores

PTE Academic

Cambridge English

Reading

49

172

Writing

49

172

Speaking

49

180

Listening

49

172

Use of English

NA

180

Overall

53

180

Note: These are generic requirements for graduates and undergraduates aspiring to study at the university. Some of the courses may have higher score requirements or different academic and language requirements. Please refer to the intended course page on the university website to check the exact limit on each course.


What are the documents needed for the application?


The supporting documents required for admission to both graduate and undergraduate programs at Brigham Young University are listed below:

  • Official transcripts from high school, university, college, or institute
  • English proficiency exam scores (IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/Cambridge English)
  • Standardized qualifying exam scores (for undergraduates and GRE/GMAT for graduates)
  • Statement of Purpose or Essay (needed for specific programs)
  • Letters of Recommendation (if needed)
  • Student CV/Academic Resume
  • Arts portfolio (for a few undergraduate programs)
  • Research proposal (for a few graduate programs)
  • Copy of biographical page of a valid passport
  • Bank statements, sponsors information, financial statements

Note: Document requirements may vary with different programs. To check the exact requirements, please refer to the intended course page on the university website.


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees?


The application fee is determined based on the service type. In addition, the university charges a one-time non-refundable USD 35 application fee that must be paid before an application can be submitted.

However, at the beginning of each semester, first-year students and transfer applicants can request a fee waiver if they meet the specific criteria defined by the university for such waivers.


What is the fee structure of the courses offered by the university?


The tuition fee of the university is calculated based on credit hours, which differ for different programs as well as for the Latter-Day and Non-Latter-Day Saints.

BYU Semester Tuition Fee (in USD) for Academic Year 2021-2022

The estimated tuition fee per semester for different graduate and undergraduate programs offered to international students by the Brigham Young University for the academic session 2021-2022 is covered in the table below:

Credit Hours

Latter-Day Saint Fee

Non-Latter-Day Saint Fee

Undergraduate Courses

12.0+

$3,060

$6,120

9.0 - 11.5

$2,908

$5,816

0.5 - 8.5

$323/credit

$646/credit

Graduate Courses

8.5+

$3,850

$7,700

0.5 - 8.0

$453/credit

$906/credit

Graduate School of Business and Law School Courses

8.5+

$7,104

$14,208

0.5 - 8.0

$836/credit

$1,672/credit

Source: Brigham Young University

Note: Tuition fees might be different for different courses and majors. Additionally, the overall cost of the study is likely to include additional charges such as books, supplies, health insurance, student fees, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses.

Please also not that the university reserves all rights to revise the tuition fee before a new academic session. To learn about the latest course fees, it is recommended to check the university website.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


The university offers various scholarships to its national and international students. However, international students are not eligible for need-based scholarships provided through the Financial Aid Office.

BYU Scholarships

Every student attending studies at Brigham Young University is eligible for scholarships. Students should apply for relevant scholarships by the required deadline. The details of the scholarships are:

  • Russell M. Nelson Scholarship:  A total award of 150% of LDS tuition for eight semesters
  • National Merit Scholarship: The merit stipend offered is USD 750-2,000 annually, as per the financial need. The Presidential Scholarship supplements the National Merit stipend to award students with 150% of LDS tuition for all eight semesters.
  • Sterling Scholarship Competition: The Sterling Scholar Award Program is offered based on scholastic achievement of high school seniors in the state of Utah.

Note: Scholarship deadlines and amounts may vary with progressive years. Students must check the exact deadlines and minimum requirements with their respective departments and apply for the desirable awards on time to make their profiles considerable.

For more details on the scholarship application process and deadlines, please visit the university’s scholarship webpage.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


Brigham Young University follows a semester-based calendar and offers admissions in three intakes:

BYU Admission Intakes

Undergraduate Applications

Undergraduate applicants who apply by the priority deadline will receive extra consideration in the admission process. Due to the limited availability of ACT and SAT testing options, standardized test scores are not required to be submitted by applicants for admission to BYU starting from Spring 2021 until Winter 2024. However, they may choose to submit a test score if they feel it would strengthen their application. Students must visit the official website for detailed information.

BYU International Undergraduate Deadlines

The application window for different programs opens at different times. The tentative timeline is given below:

Admission Intake

Application Window Opens

ACT/SAT Deadline*

Fall Intake

Late August         

Early January

Spring Intake

Late August         

Early August

Winter Intake

Early April          

NA

Summer Intake

Late August          

NA

Similarly the application window closes at different times. The tentative deadlines for different programs are given below:

Admission Intake

Priority Deadline*

Late Deadline*        

Fall Intake

Early November 

Mid-December

Spring Intake

Early November

Mid-December

Winter Intake

NA

Early August

Summer Intake

Early November 

Mid-December

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage students to check the school/department’s website for the exact deadlines.

Graduate Deadlines

The university has rolling deadlines for graduate admissions that allows aspirants to apply throughout the year. As soon as admissions for the current intake closes, the application window for the next intake opens.

Thus, students may apply anytime for the upcoming session. However, it is recommended to apply six months in advance before the start of a new academic session as the window for international applicants is most like to close by that time.

Please note that early applications have a better chances of getting selected, especially in undergraduate courses.


What are the steps to the application process?


The process to apply to Brigham Young University is quite simple. International students may apply to different graduate and undergraduate programs offered by the university online. The step-by-step process is given below:

Step 1: Visit the application portal at apply.byu.edu. Create an account using your email address. A temporary PIN will be sent to your email address. Log in using that PIN.

BYU Application Steps

Step 2: Once you have created an account, start your application by clicking on 'Applying to be a new student'.

BYU Application Steps

Step 3: Fill in your personal details, address information, citizenship details, and other required details for your application.

BYU Application Steps

Step 4: Answer all the general questions related to your demographic background and course information.

BYU Application Steps

Step 5: After filling in your educational history, general information, citizenship details, etc., review and submitting the application.

Next, wait for the results.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


The university reviews all the applications submitted by students thoroughly to determine if they can be granted admission. It takes several weeks or more for review, depending on the review cycle of the program. Once the university makes a decision, students get an email containing the admission decision.

BYU Undergraduate Decision

The tentative timeline for receiving a decision notification for undergraduates is given below:

Admission Intake

Decision Notification*

Fall Intake

Mid-February

Spring Intake

Late February

Winter Intake

Late August

Summer Intake

Late February

*Dates vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage students to check the school/department’s website for the exact dates.

BYU Graduate Decision

Because graduate deadlines are rolling, the decisions are also announced on a rolling basis. Please note that decisions are announced online and all the student-specific communication from the university is done via email. Hence, students must register with an active email address to keep a track on all university notifications, especially in their spam folder. Aspirants may also check their application status on the official admission portal.

It is also recommended to stay updated with any announcements related to modifications or requirements in the admission process by remaining active on the university website.


About The University


What are the chances of getting into this college? What is the acceptance towards international students?


The university receives more than 12,000 applications each year and evaluates all applications with an acceptance rate of 59%. Applicants with excellent academic backgrounds get into the university easily.

Benefits of Early Application

Applications at Brigham Young University are considered on a first come first serve basis, especially for undergraduate courses. Hence, qualifying early applicants have a better chance of getting an admission approval because competition is slightly less during early applications.

BYU Student Profile and Enrollment Data

The headcount and profiles of all students selected by the university is given below:

Parameters

Statistics

Total Student Body

Total applicants

12,379

Total daytime students

36,024

Total undergraduates

33,181

Total graduates

2,843

Undergraduate Student Profile

Middle 50% ACT score

28-32

Middle 50% high school GPA

3.86-4.00

Students Personal Profile

Male-female Ratio

1:1

Single-married ratio

3:1

Source: Brigham Young University

The university evaluates an application solely based on its applicants’ profiles or candidatures. It would be appropriate to say that the university gives a fair chance to all its applicants irrespective of the candidates’ nationalities.

International Students

The university accepts international applicants from over 100 countries. Overseas students who excel at academics and surpass their country-specific eligibility criteria with relevant experience related to the field have higher chances of admissions. For more details, students may refer to the International Admission Guide.

Preferred Profile

Those who merely meet the requirements have average chances of being selected at the university depending upon various other factors that play an important role in profile evaluation such as the overall personality of student and extracurricular activities.


How many Indian/international students study at the university?


In 2020, BYU was home to approximately 36,024 students, including 1,622 international students from 100 countries. Of the total students at BYU, approximately 33,181 were enrolled in undergraduate programs and 2,843 in graduate programs.

BYU Students Diversity 2020

As per the numbers shared above, the university has approximately 95.5% of its students from the United States and 4.5% students from the overseas and nations other than the US. Diversity in BYU’s student body can also be understood with the help of the statistics shared by the university on its official website as follows:

Parameters

Statistics

Number of international students

1,622

Countries represented

100+

Share of students that lived outside the US

50%

Share of students that speaks a second language

65%

Languages are spoken on the campus

131

Source: Brigham Young University

Most of the international students studying at the university are from Canada, South Korea, and China. A graphical representation of BYU students based on their ethnicity is given below:

BYU Student Body

Source: Brigham Young University

The chart shows that within such a small share of international students, the university campus offers a huge diversity of students promoting multicultural way of learning.


Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


The university offers on-campus employment opportunities to its national and international students. International students must submit work permit and employment eligibility documents to BYU International Student Services Office to establish their eligibility for campus employment. International students will not be eligible for student employment if they take a leave of absence or defer enrollment until they return to the school and get enrolled for the required number of credits. Students must visit the International Services official page for detailed information.

International Students Working On-Campus

Students must meet the following criteria of eligibility to work on-campus:

  • Must carry at least nine-day continuing credit hours for Fall-Winter semesters unless on an approved vacation allowed by International Student Services
  • Must carry either a total of 4.5 credits each term of Spring and Summer Semesters or be on an approved vacation and have a minimum of 9 credits for the following Fall-Winter semester

Note: International students are advised to check the conditions of working in a foreign country on their study visa. They are also advised to confirm any specific instructions on the same from their respective departments and faculties. Under no circumstances should they be found compromising with the law and order of the country.

Students must also get familiar with the rules and regulations of working in a foreign country and learn about the minimum wages they are entitled to. For more details, students can check the on and off-campus opportunities on the university website. Also, refer to the USA Study Visa Guide and F1 Visa Guide.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?


With its main campus in Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University sprawls across 560 acres of land nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, including the breath-taking view of Mount Timpanogos. Featuring various architectural styles built according to the style of their time, 295 buildings come under BYU’s main campus.

BYU also oversees two satellite campuses in:

Imparting education through 15 colleges, BYU has four Church Educational System (CES) schools. These are:

  • BYU-Hawaii
  • BYU-Idaho
  • BYU Pathway Worldwide
  • Ensign College

The university has a Harold B. Lee Library, popularly known as HBLL received The Princeton Review ranked of No. 1 Great College Library in 2004. It is known to hold 8.5 million items in its study and research collections with an impressive contains 98 miles of shelving allowing a seating arrangement for 4,600 readers.


Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?


BYU provides on-campus housing facilities to its students. On-campus housing is available for students falling into the following age groups:

  • Under 18 years: This is offered to students who graduated from high school in the Summer Semester. Students should be younger than 19 as of January.
  • Over 19: On-campus housing is offered to returning tenants and those who turned 19 as of January. A returning tenant is a student who has lived on-campus during the Fall and/or Winter Semester during a previous academic year.
  • Families: This is generally available only to married students, single students with children, and faculty members under certain conditions.

Housing and Meal Plans

The annual cost on-campus housing and meal plans for international students residing at BYU are given below:

Facility

Annual Cost Range* (in USD)

Housing Type

Shared Room w/ Sink

557-3,595

Shared Suite

605-3,875

Single Suite (Available only for 19 and Over)

633-2,990

Single Room

716-4,840

Shared Room

459-3,020

Single Suite

4,925

One-Bedroom Apartment

735-755

One-Bedroom Apartment With Study

770-790

Two-Bedroom Apartment

780-860

Three-Bedroom Apartment

930-1,005

Meal Plan

Dining Dollars

250-1,000

Dining Plus

1,062.50-4,450

Heritage Dining 500

250-1,000

Heritage Dining 500 Weekly Allocation

250-1,000

Heritage Dining 800

400-1,600

Heritage Dining 800 Weekly Allocation

400-1,600

Dining Dollars Blue 19+

2,990

Open Door

4,450

Source: Brigham Young University

*Living costs vary depending on students’ lifestyle choices. Additionally, housing and dining rates are subject to change with progressive years. To know the exact costs of on or off-campus accommodation, please check the university’s accommodations webpage.

Note: Students must run a security check on any off-campus accommodation they choose. Also, they must prepare for the additional charges and facilities offered in off-campus housing. Since accommodations are offered on a contractual basis, it is recommended to do a thorough check before investing a huge amount in an unknown place.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of doubts?


In case of doubts or queries, international students may reach the university at:

Website: www.byu.edu

Address: Provo, UT 84602, United States

Telephone: +1 801 422 4636

Email: byu-info@byu.edu


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