So, you’re thinking about applying to Brigham Young University (more commonly referred to as "BYU"), and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 51%, admission to BYU is pretty competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 35.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at BYU admission statistics.
BYU Admissions Statistics
BYU’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 51%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 12,739 applicants, BYU admitted about 6,520. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.83, the average ACT score was 29, and the average SAT score was 1320.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 27, and the 75th percentile score was 31.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1220. The 75th percentile score was 1420.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to BYU is pretty competitive. Even if BYU is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at BYU’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
BYU Application Requirements
To apply to BYU, you’ll need to fill out the LDS Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, submit your high school transcript, pay the $35 application fee, submit your required essays, and submit your recommendations (Ecclesiastical, High School Teacher, and Other). Everything should be submitted by December 15th.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the LDS Online Application
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Pay the $35 application fee
- Submit your high school transcript
- Submit your required essays
- Submit your recommendations (Ecclesiastical, High School Teacher, and Other
The application deadline is December 15th.
Have you been admitted to BYU? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
BYU Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at BYU, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 52% are male and 48% are female
- 2.8% of students are international
BYU has a diverse class. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 2.8%
- Underrepresented minority: 1.1%
- Two or more races: 3.9%
- White: 1.9%
What do these admitted students plan to study? BYU offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Biomedical Sciences
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
BYU Tuition Figures
At $18,060, BYU’s cost of attendance is moderate, but can still be difficult for some. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $4,874.
Here’s a fuller look at BYU tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $64,974
- Average financial aid package: $4,874
- The average student debt of a BYU graduate is $15,158
Now, what is life like at BYU? Let’s take a look.
BYU's main campus is located in Provo, Utah. The school is noted for being entirely owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Much of the architectural style is varied, with many of the buildings being erected in the style of that particular time.
Remember, you’re going to BYU for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
BYU has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Actuarial Science
- Child Care and Support Services Management
- Directing and Theatrical Production
- Financial Planning and Services
- Graphic Design
- Human Development and Family Studies
- International Finance
- Keyboard Instruments
- Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Organizational Communication
- Playwriting and Screenwriting
- Social Psychology
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at BYU.
Student Life at BYU
BYU has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of BYU’s student activities:
- 2ft Prosthetics
- Adam Smith Society
- Brazilian Capoeira Club
- Haitian Creole Club
- Tribe of Many Feathers
- Art Beat
- Brigham Young University Outdoor Adventure Club
- BYU Fencing Club
- Competitive Gaming Club
- Fly Fishing Club
- Games of Repartee, Interaction, Socialization, and Organized Role-playing Club
- Heroics 101
- English Society
- Humanities to Business Club
- STET: The Editors' Network
- Humor U
- Provo Connections
Are you an athlete? BYU’s got plenty of options for you.
BYU offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
BYU’s sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a BYU degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
BYU has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- NBA player Danny Ainge
- Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul D. Boyer
- Author Orson Scott Card
- Television co-inventor Philo Farnsworth
- US Senator Orrin Hatch
- Author Stephanie Meyer
- Dell CEO Kevin Rollins
- US Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney
- NFL player Steve Young
- Actor Aaron Eckhart
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into BYU is pretty competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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