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4 College Junior

Academics: I haven't decided on a major, but the school provides many opportunities for all kinds of majors.

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5 College Junior

Academics: It seems like most professors genuinely care for their students. The curriculum and workload is a lot harder than most schools, but I know I am getting a quality education.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I have the best teachers ever! They are always so helpful when you don't understand something.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I really enjoy being here.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love the professors at this campus! Well, most of them. I'm graduating in a few semesters and have accumulated my list of "go-to" professors that I know will work well with me or that I know their work load is something I can handle. There are other professors that I have placed on my "I'd rather not" list, but just because I don't like those professors doesn't other students don't. One professor, in particular, I refused to ever take another class from, but a friend of mine loved his classes and takes as many as possible.

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BYU-Idaho is very focused on practical education. The school definitely holds learning as its primary goal, which correlates with the school's mission to build an environment that cultivates disciple leaders, with an emphasis on secular learning and study.

Most BYU-I teachers are very willing to help. Unlike many universities, professors are not required to be working on getting published or continually participating in extensive research to further their academic contributions. Professors are solely responsible for teaching. The class sizes are fairly small, especially the upper-level courses. Some general courses have around 50 to 60 students, but on average, they're closer to 30 people per class.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
24:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
524
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
369
Total FT Faculty
524
Faculty with Terminal Degree
44%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,267
Full-Time Retention Rate
72%
Part-Time Retention Rate
38%
Transfer-Out Rate
21%
Graduation Rate
61%
Programs/Majors Offered
73
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
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
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Business and Communication
  • Education and Human Development
  • Language and Letters
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • General Studies: 20%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Special Study Options
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Online Courses
BYU-Idaho's fastest growing department is in online instruction and curriculum development. Students who attend classes on campus are able to take online courses, and students off-track or away from Rexburg can take courses online, as well. The University currently offers three online programs and is working on developing more, especially for international students.
Best Places to Study
  • Library - Second Floor
  • MC-The Crossroads exit near Smith Quad
Tips to Succeed
  • Bring a lot of warm clothes.
  • Don't live in the dorms if you're a girl.
  • Expect great professors and a lot of class discussion.
  • Expect small class sizes.
  • Learn to enjoy the cold winters.
  • Make friends. Make friends in your classes, with your roommates, at events and activities.
Did You Know?
BYU-Idaho has a three-track system. This allows for three semesters in one year. Students are assigned a track that is comprised of two of the three semesters (fall, winter, and spring). Having this system allows the University to maximize the use of its resources year-round and allows the school facilities to be used constantly. It also plays a major part in the University's ability to admit so many students at a lower cost. In part, the ability for BYU-Idaho's increase in admission will be because of this three-track system.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 143 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.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 142 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 38 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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 42 responses

  • 44% Henry B Eyring
  • 41% David A Bednar
  • 9% Del Parson
  • 3% No one really
  • 2% Kim B. Clark

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 39 responses

  • 18% This was my dream school.
  • 69% This was one of my top choices.
  • 13% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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