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Select your student status and all special situations that apply to you. Then print a copy of the student status checklist for review with an advisor. Finally, proceed to the Explore Your Major section to further prepare to meet with an advisor.
You will need to accept your offer to attend BYU-Idaho before advisors and other campus personnel outside of the Admissions Office can help you. Offers can be accepted at byui.edu/response. Follow the instructions on the track assignment letter you received in the mail. When accepting your offer you’ll also be able to re-declare your major, fulfill registration requirements, and set up your student email account. Please note that you must accept your offer before you can register for classes, finalize your housing contract, etc.
In order to serve as many youth of the Church as possible, you are expected to complete your college degree in a timely manner. Please spend a considerable amount of time considering your major. Several major and career exploration resources are available to help you with your decision. Please take full advantage of these resources and start planning early.
Registering for your first semester of college classes is an exciting milestone, but can also seem overwhelming. We encourage you to work with Advising and Academic Support to arrange a schedule that strengthens your weaknesses and builds a solid foundation to a successful college experience. Please be aware of the following planning considerations:
Get Connected is the official start to your BYU-Idaho learning experience, and as a new student you are expected to fully participate. At Get Connected you will learn about your role in attending this university, make new friends, become familiar with campus, and more fully understand the opportunities you have while attending BYU-Idaho. For more details, click here.
If you have settled on a major, you will find your major’s introductory courses in your major's recommended course sequence. If you are exploring careers, or if you are looking for an introduction to college life, consider the following options:
It is recommended that students take no more than one module at a time.
Graduating with your bachelor’s degree requires 120 credits. You can do this in four years by taking 15 credits each semester. An eight semester graduation plan of recommended course sequences have been provided for each major. Access your major’s eight-semester plan and modify it according to your needs. You can create your own grad plan here. Some factors to consider as you personalize your graduation may include course availability, prerequisites, transfer coursework (including AP and concurrent enrollment credits), academic readiness, and other commitments (family, work, extracurricular, etc.).
You will be assigned to a Satellite Academic Discovery Center based on your declared major. In addition to online planning tools, Satellite Academic Discovery Centers are your best resource for class planning. Prior to your next semester’s class registration, schedule an appointment to review your graduation plan.
The Academic Discovery Center has several career and major exploration resources to assist you in making decisions. Do your best to plan early so you are happy with your choices as you approach graduation. Keep in mind that credit limits and certain degree program guidelines may prohibit you from changing majors as an upperclassman.
The benefits of strong academic performance are far-reaching. Many opportunities now and in your future will depend on your cumulative GPA. To help you be the best student possible, BYU–Idaho offers Academic Support Centers designed to supplement classroom instruction and help you practice, sharpen, and master skills. All tutoring is free, and more than 8,000 students use their services every year. You and your future are worth the investment.
Not all majors require a minor or clusters, but if yours does, this is the year to finalize your decision. Meet with your faculty mentor to discuss your degree plan. When you’re ready to declare your minor or clusters, visit the appropriate Satellite Academic Discovery Center. A complete list of minor and cluster options is available in the Academic Catalog.
Now that all of your degree components are in place, make your final graduation plan. Click here to access the online planning tool. When finished, submit it to your Satellite Academic Discovery Center for review.
Bachelor’s degrees at BYU-Idaho require 120 credits, which generally take four years to complete. Fast Grad allows students to attend year-round after they have earned 50 credits, cutting a year off of your graduation plan. To learn more about Fast Grad, click here.
Most majors require professional internship, which can be an invaluable experience as you prepare for your future career. Internships provide hands-on experience in your chosen field and get you networked with individuals that may hire you one day. Visit Academic Discovery Center for assistance.
Ideally, graduate school exams are taken during your junior year. This means that your sophomore year is the time to prepare. The following resources are available to support you in your graduate school goals:
The leadership transcript is separate from your academic transcript. It lists volunteer and leadership opportunities that you participated in as a BYU-Idaho student. The experiences you log on your leadership transcript will be key to future opportunities in your career and personal life. Leadership opportunities are available through a variety of organizations on campus. Not only will your service strengthen you, but it will bless the lives of the students you lead.
Faculty mentors have industry and graduate school experience. They are valuable resources as you plan your upper-division coursework and internship experience. Your junior year is a great opportunity to check in with your faculty mentor, share your plans, and see what advice he or she has. To find your Faculty Mentor, log on to your myBYUI account and they'll be listed in the Academic Summary section.
Internships should be done during your off-track and are typically completed between your junior and senior year. Students are responsible for lining up their own internship experiences, but are welcome to visit the Academic Discovery Center for help. More information about the process of obtaining and reigstering an academic internship can be found here.
The graduate schools you choose to apply to should provide programs that match your interests and give you the necessary environment to pursue your graduate studies. Apply to several schools to ensure you have options.
If you're applying to graduate, law, health care profession, or business school, you'll be required to take a standard examination. Make sure to identify the proper exam for your academic pursuits. Consult your faculty mentor or Satellite Academic Discovery Center for assistance. Take standardized tests early (typically, the spring or summer before you apply to graduate school). This will guide your selection of programs as well as ensure that your scores arrive at your selected schools before admission deadlines.
Networking is one of the most powerful tools you have during your internship and career searches. The associations you build today will help you in the future if you nurture relationships of trust. Take advantage of the following:
The leadership transcript is separate from your academic transcript. It lists volunteer, leadership opportunities that you participated in as a BYU-Idaho student. The experiences you log on your leadership transcript will be key to future opportunities in your career and personal life. In 2001, President Eyring prophesied that graduates of BYU-Idaho will “become legendary for their capacity to build the people around them and to add value wherever they serve” (Steady Upward Course, BYU-Idaho Devotional, Sept. 18, 2001).
This is something to be a part of! And the exciting part is that each BYU-Idaho student can rise to answer the call of leadership. Leadership opportunities are available through campus employment, classroom experiences, involvement in wards and stakes, the Student Activities Program, and other extracurricular options. Not only will your service strengthen you, but it will bless the lives of the students you lead. Learn more about student leadership here.
No one likes surprises when it comes to graduation requirements. Prior to registering for your senior year classes, review your degree audit for any remaining graduation requirements. Then, visit your Satellite Academic Discovery Center and have them review your graduation plan. Remember, even though you may have completed all of the requirements for your selected major/minor, you must have 120 credits to graduate.
Apply for graduation using the online graduation application. Be sure to apply by the correct deadline so that your name appears in the printed program and that appropriate graduation honors can be assigned.
Finally, the results of your networking, relationship investments, and demonstrated competencies can pay off. Follow-up with your established network and professional contacts for job leads. Also, the Academic Discovery Center has provided a list of networking and job search tips.
1) Accept Offer – Access byui.edu/response to accept your admission offer, track assignment and set up your BYU-Idaho e-mail address.
2) Declare Major – Carefully consider your major selection. For details on majors, click here.
3) Prepare to attend Get Connected – byui.edu/getconnected
4) Apply for Financial Aid – Visit the Financial Aid office to learn what kind of financial assistance is available.
5) Select Student Housing – Student housing options can be found on the BYU-I Housing and Student Living Web site, byui.edu/housing.
6) Learn About Personal Honor – Personal Honor is following the path of discipleship and learning to be like Christ—learning to think, feel, and act as He does. Personal Honor is also an agreement to abide by and code of conduct. Read the Honor Code.
7) Register for Classes – Start developing your four-year (bachelor’s) or two-year (associate) course schedule prior to the start of school. Visit the Academic Discovery Center for assistance.
8) Learn about the Learning Model – The Learning Model was created to deepen the learning experiences of students at BYU-Idaho. More information can be found at byui.edu/learningmodel/src.
1) Be aware of key academic policies and deadlines. Please note the following: class add/drop deadline, withdrawing, GPA requirement, and probation and suspension policies.
2) Academic Support Centers are designed to supplement classroom instruction and help students practice, sharpen, and master essential college skills. Tutoring is free. See what services are available. byui.edu/academicsupport
3) Freshman year is a great time to take an introductory course, with topics including major and career selection, college success, and academic major overviews.
4) Undecided as to your college major? The Academic Discovery Center has many resources to connect you to your major and career: major and career selection classes, major and career selection inventories, online major and career databases, and a career library.
5) Love your declared major? Ready to sign up for your next semester of classes? Access your major’s eight-semester plan and create your customized graduation plan. Then, visit with your Satellite Discovery Center to have your plan reviewed before registering.
1) Minors and clusters should be declared at the appropriate Satellite Academic Discovery Center. Meet with your faculty mentor to discuss your career/graduate school goals and if your major/minor or major/cluster combination is preparing you well for those goals.
2) Jumpstart your future career by getting involved with the resources and programs at Career Preparation Services.
1) We hope a significant amount of time during your junior year is spent working on your resume, practicing interviewing skills, and meeting potential employers. TheCareer Preparation Services webpage has a listing of what you can do to prepare for your entry into the workforce. Remember to attend the Discovery Fair each semester.
2) The details of your graduation plan should now be finalized. However, your Satellite Academic Discovery Center is available if you have questions regarding last-minute changes and general class planning.
1) Prior to registering for your first semester of your senior year, make an appointment to review your graduation plan with your major’s Satellite Academic Discovery Center. We want to make sure there are no missing requirements as you prepare for graduation.
2) Apply for graduation at Student Records & Registration. Be sure to apply by the correct deadline so that your name appears in the printed graduation program.
* Full-time students can also tailor their courses around busy work or family schedules. Please note that you must apply as a full-time student if you wish to take more than 9 credits per semester.