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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 2021 through winter 2024. Applicants may choose to submit a test score if they feel it would strengthen their application. If a test score is required or the applicant chooses to include a test score, the score must be included at the time of submission.