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New Freshmen


High school graduates who do not have college credit or high school graduates with college credit earned while in high school (concurrent, running start, etc.). To be considered as a new freshman you must meet the minimum admission requirements.

The Admissions Review


BYU-Idaho reviews applicants in three main areas: church endorsements, academic achievement, and seminary. Students are expected to be worthy of a full endorsement from their church leaders and commit to abide by the Honor Code. Academic achievement will be represented by grade point average and performance on standardized tests. BYU Idaho values the spiritual growth and experiences that can take place by attending seminary. It is with this spiritual growth in mind that we evaluate applicants based on seminary attendance as well as look for a positive seminary recommendation.

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Endorsements from bishop/branch president and stake presidency OR mission president (for missionaries currently serving)

  • LDS applicants must be members in good standing (no probation of any kind) to be admissible to BYU-Idaho.
  • Non-LDS applicants are required to abide by the Code of Honor and should review it thoroughly prior to applying. Interviews for non-LDS applicants are conducted by an LDS bishop.

Academic Requirements

  • Cumulative unweighted high school grade point average (GPA)
  • ACT or SAT scores (BYU-Idaho will use the highest score submitted prior to the application deadline.)
  • Home/Private School Requirements

Seminary attendance and graduation

  • Admission to BYU-Idaho is much more difficult for students who do not graduate from seminary. If you are concerned about your attendance/graduation, please visit with your seminary teacher about makeup work or other alternatives.

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