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Pathway consists of a modular approach, as illustrated in the four steps outlined below. This model combines the flexibility of taking courses online with the benefits of gathering together with other students on a regular basis. It is also intended to ease students into obtaining a degree, keep education affordable, and provide marketable opportunities at each level in the process.
During the first year of Pathway — called Academic Start — students are eased into the rigors of college life with a light course load. Each semester students take just one online academic class from BYU-Idaho as well as one religion class (either from their local institute or online through BYU-Idaho). Students are also required to participate in a weekly gathering where they build camaraderie and meet for additional instruction.
At the end of Academic Start, students may advance into BYU-Idaho's Online Degree Program. (Students may also consider other options, including attending a local college or trade school, or applying to attend BYU-Idaho on campus in Rexburg.) To be eligible for the Online Degree Program, students must have obtained a minimum "B" average 3.0 GPA during Academic Start and get an ecclesiastical endorsement from their bishop (only BYU-Idaho courses count toward the GPA; institute courses do not). Students will continue to take courses online at the same low tuition rate and can work toward the following options:
-Besides Book of Mormon classes International students may choose from available institute classes-
*Some of these degrees are currently under development. If you are a transfer student with previous college credit, we encourage you speak with your academic advisor (after you are admitted into the program) about what degree options may be available to you. Click here for information about how credits from other universities may transfer to BYU-Idaho. A complete listing of BYU-Idaho online degree may be found on our online degree website.