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Spirit of Ricks

We encourage you to learn more about the history of BYU-Idaho and help us preserve and enhance the unique “Spirit of Ricks."

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In this video, we see a brief history of BYU-Idaho and what makes this place so unique.
BYU-Idaho seeks to develop students who are spiritually focused and ready for leadership in their families, the workplace, and the community.
Discover the key aspects that make a BYU-Idaho education an experience for a lifetime.
A retrospective look at the direction BYU-Idaho has taken since its inception. See highlights of remarks by former presidents and current President Clark G. Gilbert that demonstrate the university's commitment to the course laid out by Gordon B. Hinckley, then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in his June 2000 press conference announcement that Ricks College would become BYU-Idaho.

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"The seeds we are planting today will grow and become mighty oaks, and their branches will run all over the earth." (Principal Jacob Spori)
"[BYU-Idaho] was founded upon the firm belief there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people." (President John L. Clarke)
"This is a special college—there's not another one like it. The people you meet and the spirit you feel here will be one of your greatest treasures." (President Steven D. Bennion)
"Having begun my service as president of [BYU-Idaho] in July 1997, I quickly recognized the uniqueness of this great institution. I have a strong desire to preserve and enhance the 'spirit of Ricks.' " (President David A. Bednar)
"This is a school full of people united in their commitment to the Lord, striving to do His will, humble and teachable, willing to consecrate of their time and their talents in His work." (President Kim B. Clark)