New Freshman Checklist
The items in this checklist will help you prepare to register for classes and begin your BYU experience. This checklist is not personalized so it will not update as you complete the required items.
NOTE: Many changes have occurred on campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to review the BYU COVID-19 Updates website to see how your incoming semester will be impacted.
To Do Immediately
Accept Or Decline Admissions
You need to state your intention to accept or decline admission by the commitment deadline posted in your acceptance letter. You must attend the semester or term to which you are admitted unless you defer for a mission or submit an official change of entry request.
Enroll in Duo Two-Step Verification
We care about keeping your online account safe. For your protection, you are required to set up Duo Two-Step Verification on your account before you can engage with BYU pages, including registering for classes.
Submit an Official High School Transcript
Before you can register for classes we must receive your official high school transcript and validate that you self-reported classes and grades accurately. This does not need to be a final transcript, so send an official copy as soon as possible.
Complete The Financial Responsibility Declaration
Before you can register for classes you must accept full responsibility to pay all tuition, fees, and associated costs while enrolled at BYU. Once you agree to the declaration, then that hold will be removed from your account.
Apply For A Missionary Deferment
If you want to defer your enrollment while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you must complete the online missionary deferment. Check out the Departing Missionary Checklist for more task details before leaving.
Set Up Guest Access
We recommend that students manage their own student account but understand there are cases where it is necessary for a parent, spouse or other third-party to access information or complete transactions on your behalf. Guest Access allows you to give another person access to your BYU account.
Subscribe Parent/Family to Newsletter
Subscribe your parent(s), family, or others to receive a regular newsletter about how to navigate BYU, dates, deadlines, and tips.
Learn and Be Aware
First Year Orientation
Your orientation to BYU will begin in a few days. An assigned first-year peer mentor will contact you soon by email and text message. Check out “How to BYU” online to learn about campus resources and student life.
The Office of First-Year Experience also hosts New Student Orientation, sends you newsletters and information about succeeding as a new student, and reserves seats for you in high demand GE classes.
How to BYU
More Info about First-Year Mentoring
More Info about New Student Orientation
Register For New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation (NSO) is the first event held for you when you arrive on campus. It includes tours, social activities, learning about your major and special interest programs (e.g. Honors, Pre-med), and BYU traditions like the Y Class Photo.
Message Us With YMessage
You may prefer to receive messages via your personal email, text messaging, or in other ways. But, these are not secure communication methods.
YMessage is a secure communication system that many BYU offices use to communicate with you. YMessage is available for you to receive and send messages on topics about your student record. Since it is secure we can send personal information that we do not through regular email because of student privacy laws.
Watch for Notices and Dates
Finding a place to live near campus is important. BYU encourages you to live on campus for your first year. Some on-campus housing options may require you to have a meal plan. Meal plans may make it easier for you by saving time and/or money.
There are on-campus housing communities for students who are 19 or older. There are also many off-campus contracted apartments close to campus.
Admitted students that submitted the scholarship application are considered for BYU undergraduate scholarships. Notifications about scholarship decisions come through YMessage.
If you have been awarded an off-campus scholarship or have a 529 plan, then have the granting organization send the money directly to BYU. It takes 2-3 weeks to process funds mailed to BYU, so plan ahead.
Submit AP/IB Exams For Credit
If you have completed an AP exam with a 3, 4, or 5 or an IB HL exam with a 5, 6, or 7 you may earn BYU credit. In order to receive credit for your AP/IB test scores, you need to make sure BYU obtains all your official scores. Check your Record Summary to see if all your AP/IB credit has been added. If it has not been added, then send the scores to the Registrar’s Office.
Submit Updated College Transcripts
If you receive any college credit that was not included on the college transcript you sent to BYU when you applied, you will need to submit an updated transcript so your credit can be added. This also applies to concurrent or dual enrollment credit.
For more information, see Transfer Evaluation on the Registrar’s website.
Register For Classes
Use MyMAP (BYU’s registration system) to help you organize and register for classes. You will get a randomly assigned date that you can begin registering, called a priority registration date. Go to the Register tab on MyMAP to see your assigned date.
Tools to help you decide which classes to take include the University Catalog, the Class Schedule, the University Core (GE) requirements, and your academic advisor.
To Do One Month Before Classes Begin
Pay For School
Tuition is due seven calendar days before the first day of class. Pay on time or you will get a hold placed on your account and your classes may be dropped.
If you are interested in applying for Federal Financial Aid (loans and Pell grants) you will need to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We encourage all students to submit a FAFSA each year.
Enroll In or Waive Student Health Plan
Students enrolled 3/4 time or more (9-semester credits/4.5-term credits) must have health insurance coverage year-round. You are automatically enrolled in BYU’s Student Health Plan one week before classes start if private insurance has not been reported. You will have access to waive the plan about one month before classes start. This is a yearly process and the deadline to waive the BYU Student Health Plan is the semester add/drop deadline.
Tuberculosis (TB) Test
If you have lived outside of the U.S. or Canada for six months or more within the last five years, you may be required to have a tuberculosis skin test. If you do not complete this by the first day of classes a TB hold will be put on your record. This test must be completed in the U.S. If you have any questions, please call 801-422-5134 or 801-422-7711.
Review The Academic Honesty Policy And Honor Code
As a BYU student you should seek to be totally honest in your dealings with others. You should complete and be evaluated on your own work. You should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.
For ecclesiastical endorsement questions, and questions or reports about honor code violations, visit the Honor Code Office.