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.
Transfer Students with 24 (36 quarter hours) or More Completed Semester Credits:
|Transfer Students||Minimum Requirement|
|Cumulative College GPA||2.5|
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.
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