Students are required to enroll in at least one class each semester of their track assignment or defer their enrollment in order to maintain their active enrollment status at BYU-Idaho. Wondering what to do in your 'flex semester' (the semester you aren't assigned to attend BYU-Idaho)? Consider these options:
Students with 50+ credits, an approved grad plan, and a minimum 2.8 GPA can request permission to attend all three semesters until they graduate by using the Fast Grad program.
Online courses from BYU-Idaho can be taken in any semester, regardless of track assignment, and from anywhere in the world where internet access is available. This option is frequently used by students who want to continue their education while working. For students who have been admitted and assigned a track, no separate application is required to enroll in these courses.
Many students will take advantage of their flex semester to work and save money that will help offset the upcoming costs of their education. Many students have found that the Three Track System schedule provides a calendar that supports work opportunities very well suited to their future career, or which they may not have had otherwise.
Internships are required for most BYU-Idaho degrees, and can be done in any semester of the year, whether during your track or flex semester. You can contact BYU-Idaho Academic Advising for more information about when to plan your internship.
When space is available, BYU-Idaho will allow students to request an override so they can attend as full-time students during their flex semester. This is a means of helping students graduate more quickly.
Returning Missionary Program
Students who come home just before the beginning of their flex semester may be eligible for a one-time enrollment override to facilitate prompt entry into school.
Expanding Flex Semester Enrollment
Even without an override, students with 60+ credits earned can enroll in 300 and 400 level classes in their flex semester if there is available space on the day before classes begin.
Many students capitalize on the Three Track System by taking courses at other colleges/universities during their flex semester. This usually works best for students whose flex semester is Fall or Winter. For information about transferring credits to BYU-Idaho, email email@example.com or visit our transfer course matrix at www.byui.edu/admissions/transfer. We encourage students to work closely with the BYU-Idaho Academic Advising if they want to pursue this option.
For convenience or scheduling purposes, some students choose to take courses offered on an abbreviated schedule called 'block classes'. These classes typically last for half the semester (about 7 weeks) and usually meet every day during that time. A student must be on-track or have an override for the semester in order to take block classes during the day.
BYU-Idaho offers courses between Spring and Fall semesters on a 7-week schedule called Summer Session.