Admission to BYU-Idaho for new freshmen is based 60% on non-academic factors. These factors include:
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.
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.