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What We Look For

All applications go through a holistic review process. You should take the application for admission seriously and the work submitted should be your own. Your application should illustrate your efforts, accomplishments, and goals.

There is no secret formula for admission to BYU. All applications go through a holistic review, meaning everything in the application is considered. Take the opportunity to tell us about yourself. Make sure the work is your own and be thorough. Your application, including your essays, should demonstrate your preparation in these four areas:


“The founding charge of BYU is to teach every subject with the Spirit.” BYU provides a world-class education within a spiritual environment. To help you feel comfortable here, we recommend attending, participating in, and graduating from LDS seminary. We also recommend that you regularly participate in church meetings, programs, and activities. If you are spiritually prepared, BYU will provide you with the opportunity to strengthen your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ while studying for your degree.


“Members of the BYU community rigorously study academic subjects in the light of divine truth.” To be prepared academically, we recommend you take challenging, college preparatory classes during high school. We also encourage you to pursue your passions inside and outside of the classroom. Your academic preparation will allow you to learn from BYU’s faculty and even work alongside them in your research and fieldwork.


“BYU has always cared as much about strong moral character as about great mental capability.” A person of character should have a strong work ethic and be able to demonstrate resilience and honesty. You should be respectful of others despite differences, honor commitments, and have integrity in all you do. The BYU community will support you as you continue to strengthen your character and pursue a life consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Students “enter to learn” at BYU and then “go forth to serve.” Our graduates use what they learn to make the world a better place. We look for students that already have a love of learning and a sincere desire to serve others. Cultivate your love of service through sustained exposure to meaningful service opportunities. BYU offers learning and service opportunities through various clubs and organizations that will help you continue your commitment to lifelong learning and service.