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Location
Provo, UT
Undergrads
28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Academics: As a BGS student, there are not many options to my major. I would have preferred something a little different than I'm ending up with.

4 College Junior

Academics: On campus has one of the best library systems in the nation. If you want space to study, it's not hard to find.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Exercise and Wellness program consists of an excellent faculty, with many experienced and wise teachers. They also make sure that students have many application opportunities so that they are taking action outside of the classroom on principles that they learn inside the classroom.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are typically very willing to help students individually to succeed in the classes. They also suggest to students to study at least 2-3 hours per credit hour, which is a perfect amount to assure a student's success.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's really tough, but I think professional schools recognize that. It's manageable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 7th
    Best Course Variety
  • 13th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 32nd
    Smartest Professors
  • 47th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Bronson
Hometown
Graham, Wash.
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BYU has top-caliber professors. There is no question that academics at BYU are important, and the administration strives to hire excellent teachers. It is not unusual to come across a professor that is a BYU alumnus. Most professors portray the impression that they have an investment in the success of their students and strive to be available to help students whenever possible. Professors' teaching styles
do vary, and "shopping around" for a professor is not a bad idea.

The biggest complaint, especially in freshman classes,
is the enormous class size. However, there are always teaching assistants available, and the number of TAs usually compensates for the large class size. In other words, there is always help available; sometimes you just have to look harder for it. One way to avoid the large classes as an incoming freshman is to go the "freshman academy" route. This is a program where you take all your generals in smaller classes with the same kids. You also live with these same kids, however, so it can be stifling.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,216
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
483
Total FT Faculty
1,264
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$98,829
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
73%
Graduation Rate
77%
Programs/Majors Offered
189
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 42%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Biology and Agriculture
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts and Communications
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • English Language Studies: 2%
  • Exercise Physiology: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • HBLL Library
  • Law Library
  • Traditions Lounge in the Wilk
Tips to Succeed
  • Commit yourself to your studies, but be sure to find time to enjoy the myriad of fun things that BYU offers as well. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy, on any budget.
  • Don't be afraid to approach professors. They have office hours for a reason. If you have a question, ask!
  • Don't forget to take time to appreciate where you are. School can be stressful, but enjoy it while it lasts!
  • Don't get hung up on Mormon politics.
  • Get involved in campus clubs and activities-this is your best chance for a social life at BYU.
  • Take a variety of classes from different fields and professors, and begin and maintain close relationships with professors.
  • Use the TAs, especially in your large classes. When they hold a review session, go! They work closely with the professor and have probably seen the exam.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 193 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 50 responses

  • 27% Steve Young - hall of fame NFL quarterback
  • 23% Jimmer Fredette
  • 11% Jon Heder - actor, "Napoleon Dynamite"
  • 11% Orrin Hatch - U.S. senator
  • 8% Aaron Eckhart - actor
  • 7% Ty Detmer
  • 5% Mitt Romney
  • 4% Elizabeth Smart
  • 4% Many of the Apostles
  • 1% Ben Swann
  • 1% Julie Stoffer (did not graduate) - "Real World" contestant

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 195 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 5 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

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