Three Track System

 

Three Track System

BYU-Idaho operates year-round with three distinct 14-week semesters: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each student is admitted to a track consisting of two semesters: Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring, or Spring/Fall. Students can enroll in classes only for the two semesters of their assigned track and remain on the same track for the duration of their time at BYU-Idaho.

During the application process, applicants are asked to indicate the first semester they are available to attend the university. Students may be assigned to any of the three tracks. Some students will be assigned to begin in the second semester of a track (example: assigned Spring/Fall track starting in the Fall). Others may be admitted to start in a semester other than the first available semester indicated (example: available Fall, assigned Winter/Spring track starting in the Winter).

SemesterStart DateEnd Date
Winter 2014 Mon., Jan 6 Tues., April 11
Spring 2014 Mon., April 21 Wed., July 23
Summer Session 2014 Mon., July 28 Fri., Sept. 12
Fall 2014 Mon., Sept. 15 Fri., Dec. 19
Winter 2015 Mon., Jan 5 Fri., April 10

The Three Track System allows BYU-Idaho to admit thousands of additional students each year. The campus serves about 15,000 students in a semester and over 20,000 students over the course of a calendar year. Each student has the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree in four years by attending two semesters per year.

The Three Track System also helps BYU-Idaho make better use of sacred university resources. By utilizing campus facilities year-round, the relative cost per student is reduced. Faculty and staff serve student needs throughout the year, providing an equivalent experience on all tracks.

Track Decision Process

As part of the admission process, BYU-Idaho students are assigned to a specific track that remains permanent through graduation. Track assignments are carefully considered, with the goal of enrolling a balanced and varied student body across all three semesters. The university is committed to providing numerous opportunities to students who come from a variety of backgrounds and share values based on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this commitment, the university fulfills its mission to provide an educational experience of continually increasing quality.

To further enhance the effectiveness of the Three Track System, BYU-Idaho has introduced a two-stage procedure for admission and track assignments:

  • Step 1:
    Prospective students submit a formal application that screens for admissibility. The Admissions Committee reviews each application. If the applicant is accepted, an offer is extended to attend BYU-Idaho.
  • Step 2:
    Admitted students then complete a questionnaire that gathers additional personal information to help determine appropriate track assignments. At the same time, the university carefully considers when these students are needed most on campus in order to enroll a balanced and varied student body across all three semesters. Once all the information is individually reviewed, a track assignment is made.

This two-stage process provides the essential balance BYU-Idaho is trying to achieve. Students and employees will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from others with differing geographic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. The university is committed to providing numerous opportunities to students who come from a variety of backgrounds and share values based on the gospel of Jesus Christ. This will create the distinctive learning environment that is integral to the BYU-Idaho experience.