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Academic Factors

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Admission to BYU-Idaho for new freshmen is based 40% on academic factors. These factors include:

  • Cumulative un-weighted high school grade point average (GPA)
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • AP or IB classes
  • GED, COMPASS or Accuplacer scores (*required of students from home, private, charter school, and non-nationally accredited public school programs in place of the high school GPA)

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 or BYU-Idaho will use the highest score submitted prior to the application deadline.

New Freshmen & Transfer Students with Less Than 24 Completed Semester (36 quarter hours) Credits

Test/Category Minimum Acceptable Score Average Accepted Score
ACT 16 24
SAT 770-810 1090-1120
High School GPA 2.0 3.4

*BYU-Idaho does not require or consider the writing portion of the SAT or ACT.

Transfer Students with 24 or More Completed Semester (36 quarter hours) Credits and Former Students

Transfer Students Minimum Requirement
Cumulative College GPA 2.5
Former Students Minimum Requirement
Cumulative BYU-Idaho GPA 2.0