Academics

Location
Provo, UT
Undergrads
28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: BYU is definitely dedicated to academics and to making sure that students succeed.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It's so fun for me, I don't even mind the workload.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: BYU is definitely an awesome place to learn. I am constantly busy writing papers and studying for tests, but I feel that all of the professors truly care about their students in that they really want them to learn. I have never had a bad encounter with a professor that I honestly tried to communicate with.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Huge workload. There are always classes that you can work hard in and fail. Faculty is great, humble, and always willing to help the students out. Lots of on-campus employment opportunities. I'm working custodial in the Museum of Art right now and it's great. There is a HUGE variety of classes to take.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great professors, great students. You really get stretched here, but it's a good stretch.

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 191 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 38 responses

  • 28% Steve Young - hall of fame NFL quarterback
  • 25% Jimmer Fredette
  • 14% Orrin Hatch - U.S. senator
  • 12% Jon Heder - actor, "Napoleon Dynamite"
  • 9% Aaron Eckhart - actor
  • 9% Ty Detmer
  • 2% Ben Swann
  • 1% Julie Stoffer (did not graduate) - "Real World" contestant

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 194 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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