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New Freshman

This checklist will prepare you for BYU as a newly admitted freshman student. Read through and explore each item to lay your groundwork for success.

To Do Immediately

Accept or Decline Admission Required Action

As a new student, you need to indicate 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 were admitted unless you defer for a mission.

Accept or Decline Admission

Submit an Official High School Transcript Required Action

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.

More Info

Complete the Financial Responsibility Declaration Required Action

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 have agreed to the declaration, then that hold will be lifted.

Financial Responsibility Declaration

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.

Mission Deferment Form

Departing Missionary Checklist

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.

Guest Access

More Info about Guest Access

Learn and Be Aware

Learn About My Financial Center

My Financial Center is the system where you pay tuition and charges, manage your financial aid and scholarships, and find important alerts about your student account.

My Financial Center

More Info about My Financial Center

Message Us with YMessage

You may prefer to receive messages via your personal email, text messaging, or in other ways. However, these communication methods are unsecured.

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 about topics pertaining to your student record. Since it is secure we can send personal information which we do not through regular email because of student privacy laws.

YMessage

First-Year Orientation Required Action

The Office of First-Year Experience is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your first year as possible. How to BYU will help you learn about campus resources and student life. They provide you a first-year peer mentor who will contact you. They also host new student orientation, send you newsletters and information about succeeding as a new student, and give you access to Mentored Courses.

How to BYU

First-Year Mentoring

Watch for Notices and Dates

Find Housing Required Action

Finding a place to live near campus is important. You are encouraged 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.

To accommodate returning missionaries, there are communities for students who are 19 or older. There are also many contracted apartments close to campus.

On-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

Meal Plans

Scholarships

Newly admitted students are considered for BYU academic, private, and need-based scholarships for those that applied. You are notified about scholarship decisions 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.

YMessage

New Freshman Scholarships
Off-Campus Scholarships

Submit AP/IB Exams for Credit Required Action

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.

AP/IB Guides

Submit Updated College Transcripts Required Action

If you received 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.

Information about Submitting Transcripts
More Info about Transfer Evaluation

Register for Classes Required Action

Use MyMAP (BYU’s registration system) to help you plan, organize, and register for classes. You will be given a randomly assigned date that you can begin registering, which is called a priority registration date. Go to the Register tab on MyMAP to see your assigned date.

Tools to help you decide which classes you should take include the University Catalog, the Class Schedule, the University Core (GE) requirements, and your academic advisor.

MyMAP

More Info about Registration
Academic Advisement

Register for New Student Orientation Required Action

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.

New Student Orientation

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).

Tuition Costs and Policies

Financial Aid Checklist

Enroll In or Waive Student Health Plan Required Action

Students enrolled 3/4 time or more (9 semester credits/4.5 term credits) are required to 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.

Student Health Plan

More Info about Health Plans

Tuberculosis (TB) Test Required Action

If you have lived outside of the U.S. or Canada for six months or more within the last five years, you are required to have a tuberculosis skin test. If you do not comply by the first day of classes a TB hold will be placed on your record. If you have any questions, please call 801-422-5134 or 801-422-7711.

More Info about TB Tests

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.

Academic Honesty Policy
Honor Code
Honor Code Office