Step 1 - New Freshman
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The Admission Review
BYU-Idaho reviews applicants in five main areas: church endorsements, academic achievement, seminary, extracurricular activities, and essays. 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 expects students to graduate from seminary and have a positive seminary recommendation. Applicants will also be reviewed on their extracurricular involvement and essay responses.
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.
- Cumulative un-weighted high school grade point average (GPA)
- ACT or SAT scores
- AP or IB classes
- Home/Private School Requrements
Testing Requirements and Academic Minimums
New freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 credits completed by the application deadline must take the ACT or SAT.
Since students often improve after taking the ACT or SAT a second time, we encourage students to test more than once. Mid-junior year of high school is a good time to begin testing. To learn more about the ACT or SAT tests or to sign up, please visit www.act.org or www.sat.org. BYU-Idaho will use the highest score submitted prior to the application deadline.
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.
- BYU-Idaho is interested in students with a desire to participate. This desire is often evidenced by prior involvement in clubs, teams, leadership organizations, service, Scouting, church and civic organizations, competitions, and work opportunities.
- The essays found in the CES Admission application give applicants an opportunity to explain a little more about themselves, their unique attributes, and their goals. Students are encouraged to talk not only about experiences and achievements, but also how these events have helped shape their lives and goals.
* Applicants must be at least 17 years old by the beginning of the semester to which they are applying in order to be eligible for full-time admission. Those students younger than 17 who wish to begin their college education are encouraged to explore BYU-Idaho's Concurrent Enrollment program (www.byui.edu/concurrent-enrollment).
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