Pathway has been designed around three primary objectives, which are intended to serve as a catalyst in students' lives both academically and economically. But in addition to the obvious educational and career benefits Pathway can provide, perhaps the most valuable aspect of this program for the students who participate may be the spiritual nourishment that comes through regular gospel study and the association of fellow students. Pathway's objectives are:
- Get the gospel down into students' hearts
Students' testimonies will grow as they enjoy the fellowship of other LDS students and participate in courses taught within the framework of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Help students become capable learners
Pathway eases students into higher education and helps them build confidence in a supportive environment. As part of BYU-Idaho's Learning Model, students take control of their own learning through a process of preparation, teaching others, and internalizing their learning through reflection and application.
- Prepare students to lead and support families
Throughout their education, Pathway students will gain skills, learn doctrine, and strengthen values that will enable them to gain meaningful employment as well as be better parents, providers, citizens, and Church members.