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Essays are a critical part of the application. This is how we get to know you better as an individual. Read the prompts carefully, and use your best writing skills.


The application prompts change regularly from year to year. You will find your essay prompts in the application at the time you apply. Read them carefully, and use your best writing skills to respond. All application essays are read as a part of BYU’s holistic admission review. Tell us about the experiences and characteristics that are important to you as an individual. Here are a few tips as you prepare to write your essays:

  • Review the Aims of a BYU Education. To better understand these principles, feel free to read some collected talks about the aims.
  • Recent experiences are preferred as they better represent who you are today.
  • Avoid repetition.
  • The only way for us to know things about you is for you to tell us about them.
  • Although it is acceptable to have others review your essays prior to submission, the words and ideas must be your own.
  • Be genuine!


While you have most likely been involved in many different activities, you will have an opportunity to write about two examples that will help us get to know you as an individual. You will be able to describe the activity, how long you have participated in it, and how you have benefited from your participation.