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* High school completion is required for international students.
Step 1: FIND a Pathway site
Pathway is offered at more than 130 locations worldwide. Before applying, students should verify if:
a) Pathway is currently offered nearby and
b) during which semester applications are being accepted at a specific Pathway location.
IMPORTANT NOTE: International students will contact the missionaries at their local Pathway site and take an English Proficiency Exam before applying to the Pathway program.
Step 2: REVIEW Application Tutorial
In order to complete the application for Pathway correctly, students must first review the application tutorial. The tutorial specifically outlines which sections of the application pertain to Pathway applicants.
Step 4: ACCEPT Offer of Admission
Within 3-5 weeks of the application being submitted, students will receive an official admissions decision on BeSmart. All students must either accept or decline their offer at www.byui.edu/response.
Step 5: REGISTER for Courses
After accepting the offer of admission, students will register for their BYU-Idaho course(s) by first going to the registration tutorial. Students who have registered for their course(s) by the first day of online classes (see date under "Important Dates" below), will have access to view their course(s). Students who register for Pathway-ESL courses will also complete the Speaking Partners application.
Step 6: MEET the Pathway Service Missionaries (U.S. & Canada Only)
Service missionaries play a central role in Pathway by mentoring students throughout their first year in the program. Prior to the first day of classes, Pathway missionaries will reach out to each student to set up a brief, informal interview. Students may also contact their missionaries directly by finding their local Pathway site.
*Students who have previously been enrolled in Pathway but left the program for one or more semesters must reapply. Students who started an application but never finished it may log back in to besmart.com, update the semester they would like to begin the program, complete the application, and submit it.
Click here to view current tuition rates and information on how to make a payment. Tuition is due by the first day of classes each semester.
Students with a high school diploma or equivalent are eligible to apply for U.S. federal financial aid after completing their first year in the Pathway program and matriculate into the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program. University scholarships are not available to Pathway or other online students.
Credits obtained from other colleges are generally transferrable to BYU-Idaho. However, official transfer credit evaluation does not occur until after a Pathway student's first year in the program. Students interested in seeing how their previous course credits may transfer to BYU-Idaho can use the university's transfer credit tool.
In addition, all students are required to complete the specified courses during Pathway's first year (Academic Start) regardless of their previous college experience or coursework. Previous course credit cannot be applied to these courses, but may count as transfer credit toward an eventual BYU-Idaho degree. For additional questions or information, contact Pathway Advising at (208) 496-9898.
Have questions about Pathway? Visit our frequently asked questions page.
For admissions questions regarding the Pathway program, please call BYU-Idaho Admissions at 208-496-1300 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even chat with us online.
If Pathway isn't what you are looking for take a look at our other BYU-Idaho enrollment options.