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Preparation Recommendations

How do I prepare myself to succeed at BYU?

Please remember that this a list of recommendations, not requirements! All of our recommendations stem from the AIM's of a BYU education which are: spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, character building, leading to lifelong learning and service. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate in their application, that they value these same things.

BYU Specific Recommendations:

  • Follow the example of Jesus Christ by striving to keep his commandments and doing your best to live the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • In order to increase your faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel, participate in and graduate from seminary when possible. After high school, attend institute of religion classes.
  • Take the most rigorous courses available to you in which you can be successful. For example: 
    • AP/IB classes 
    • College Credit (concurrent or dual enrollment)  
      • Keep in mind that the grades and credit you earn will always be on your college transcript
    • Honors classes
  • Take the ACT/SAT if you feel that it will strengthen your application - we will use your highest composite score.* If you take one standardized test, and don't do well, we recommend taking the other. The tests are different, so you may do better on one than the other.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities that are meaningful to you; develop your specific talents.
    • Arts (Music, Art, Theater, Dance)
    • Athletics
    • Church (Any Denomination)
    • Community (Military, Clubs, Student Government, Politics)
    • Employment
    • Humanities (Language, Writing, Speech)
    • Service
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Plan to provide specific examples of how you have contributed to your community in meaningful ways as you write your application essays. 

General College Recommendations:

  • 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

*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.