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Preparation Recommendations

How do I prepare myself to succeed at BYU?
  • Live the standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Attend and graduate from seminary. After high school, attend institute of religion classes if not attending a Church school.
  • Participate in meaningful service opportunities.
  • Enroll in quality coursework in high school and college. Recommended high school courses:
    • 4 years of mathematics
    • 4 years of English
    • 2-3 years of laboratory science
    • 2 years of history or government
    • 2 or more years of foreign language
  • We recommend AP/IB courses if available
  • Take the ACT/SAT at least twice – we will use your highest composite score.*
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities; develop your specific talents.
  • Plan to provide specific examples of how you have contributed in meaningful ways as you write your application essays. 

* Due to the limited availability of ACT and SAT exam options during the COVID-19 global pandemic, most applicants are not required to submit a standardized test score to be considered for admission to BYU for spring, summer, fall 2021 and winter 2022. Applicants may choose to submit a test score if they feel it would strengthen their application. Applicants will be able to submit their application without an ACT or SAT test score by either the priority or final deadline. However, applicants will need to submit an official score by the date listed in the ACT/SAT deadline column if they would like it considered in their application evaluation.