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BYU-Idaho Students

BYU-Idaho places a great deal of importance on graduating from high school or completing the equivalent. Students who have completed a home school program will be asked the following questions on the application in the Educational History section:

“Have you or will you graduate from a public, private, charter, or accredited online high school?”
If yes, the student will be required to submit high school transcripts.
If no, the student will be asked this question:

“Will you have completed secondary school through home schooling as required by your state?”
If yes, the student will continue with the application. Home school transcripts are not required.
If no, the student will be asked this question:

“Have you passed the GED or your state-recognized equivalent exam for a high school diploma?”
If yes, the student will continue with the application. Proof of passing the GED is not required.
If no, the student will be required to submit scores from the GED, HiSet, TASC, or California High School Proficiency Exam.

Graduating from an accredited program: Students graduating from a state-accredited or regionally-accredited high school program in the United States, should submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Information about a school's accreditation level is often listed on the high school transcript, or may be available from the high school counseling office or school district office. Approved regional accrediting bodies are:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Higher Education
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCC)
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and College Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Students submitting 15+ college level credits instead of a high school transcript should generally have a cumulative GPA of 2.5+ on their college work. Remedial/non-college level and technical courses do not count toward the 15 credit level. 

If 24 or more semester credits (36 quarter hours) have been earned by the application deadline, no ACT, SAT, or secondary test will be required. These applicants should apply as Transfer students with more than 24 credit hours (36 quarter hours) earned.