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Transfer Student

This checklist will prepare you to attend BYU as a new transfer student. Read through and explore each item to lay your groundwork for success.

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 fall semester will be impacted.

To Do Immediately

Accept or Decline Admission Required Action

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.

Accept or Decline Admission

Change Entry Term Request

Submit Official High School Transcript

If you had less than 24 college-credit hours when you submitted your application, then BYU must receive an official high school transcript before you can register for classes. This allows us to validate that you self-reported grades accurately.

If you were not required to enter high school grades in your application, then you do not need to submit a high school transcript.

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Submit an Official Test Score

If you had less than 24 college-credit hours when you submitted your application, then you may have self-reported your ACT or SAT score. We need to validate that you self-reported the test score accurately. We must receive your official test score before you will be able to register for classes. If the official score has already been sent by the testing agency, you do not need to resubmit it.

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Complete the Financial Responsibility Declaration Required Action

Before you 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.

Mission Deferment Form

Departing Missionary Checklist

Set Up Guest Access

We recommend that students manage their own student account. 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

Watch for Notices and Dates

Orientation Required Action

The Office of First-Year Experience wants to help you get the most out of your first year at BYU—even as a transfer student. Check out “How to BYU” online to learn about campus resources and student life. As a transfer student, you are not assigned a student mentor but you can request one by contacting the Office of First-Year Experience.

The Office of First-Year Experience also hosts transfer student orientation. Transfer Student Orientation is the first event held for you when you arrive on campus. Meet new people and have fun while attending presentations and activities specifically for transfer students. We are confident you will come away from the experience feeling like an important part of the BYU community.

NOTE: With changes resulting from COVID-19, all New Student Orientations will be an online experience this year.

How to BYU

Transfer Student Orientation

Request a Peer Mentor

Submit Updated College Transcripts Required Action

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.

Transcript Submission

More Info about Transfer Evaluation

Find Housing Required Action

Finding a place to live near campus is important. You can choose between on-campus or off-campus housing options. 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 contracted apartments close to campus.

On-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

More Info about Meal Plans


If you are a transfer student you are not eligible to be considered for academic scholarships until after you have completed 12 credit hours at BYU as a day-continuing student. There are a few non-academic, need-based and private scholarships for some transfer students to be considered for. Those that completed the scholarship application and FAFSA by the scholarship deadline are notified of 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.


More Info about Off-Campus Scholarships

Financial Aid

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 complete a FAFSA each year.


Financial Aid Checklist

Register for Classes Required Action

Use MyMAP (BYU’s registration system) to help you organize and register for classes. You will be assigned a 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 college academic advisor.


More Info about Registration
Academic Advisement

Learn & Be Aware

Learn About My Financial Center

My Financial Center is BYU’s online financial system. You will use it to 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. 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 about topics pertaining to your student record. Since it is secure we can send personal information that we do not through regular email because of student privacy laws.


To Do One Month Before Classes Start

Enroll In or Waive Student Health Plan Required Action

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 1 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

Pay for School Required Action

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.

Tuition Costs and Policies

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 must get 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.

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

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