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New Application Process Starting Spring Semester 2014

Pathway is transitioning to a new application system and is no longer accepting new student applications through BeSmart.com.

We anticipate that the new system will be available in March for international students applying to begin Pathway in Spring Semester 2014 (April), and in June for all applicants applying to begin Pathway in Fall Semester 2014. Additional instructions will be posted here soon and communicated to Pathway missionaries.

What's Required?

  • Be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Have daily access to a computer with high-speed Internet. (Students in the English-language version of Pathway are also required to have a web cam and microphone on their computer.)
  • Attend a weekly gathering every Thursday evening with local Pathway students (first year only).
    • Attendance at weekly gatherings is a significant portion of a student's overall course grade.
  • Be capable to succeed in entry-level college academic work.
  • Be proficient in speaking, listening to, reading, and writing English (The English-language version of the program, available in non-English speaking countries internationally and in selected domestic sites, requires an intermediate-low English proficiency.)
    • Non-native English speakers are required to complete an English proficiency exam.
  • Live within a reasonable commuting distance of a Pathway site. (Search for a location.)
  • Strive to live by the BYU-Idaho Honor Code.

What's NOT Required?

  • NO application fee required.
  • NO high school diploma or GED required.*
  • NO standardized scores required (ACT/SAT).
  • NO ecclesiastical endorsement required (first year only).

      * Requirement varies by country outside of the US and Canada.

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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.

Financial Aid
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.

Transfer Credit
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 admissions@byui.edu. 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.


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