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Academics

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: In general, I've had a selection of excellent professors who would give you the shirt off their backs if they thought it would help you. I really felt connected to them, even in the larger classes. The workload can honestly be a little insane sometimes. Registration was very easy. The curriculums are pretty good, although I really dislike some of our GEs, as all classes at BYU tend to have a moderate to rigorous load, and so it felt rather unfair to be forced to study something you had no interest in that could potentially destroy your GPA. But I imagine all colleges that teach such a wide variety of subjects are like this.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's challenging yet, very rewarding. I learn a lot and feel accomplished

4 College Junior

Academics: The program I am in is excellent. It prepares you to actually work in that career and is nationally recognized. The workload is challenging at times, but it is only there to help us progress and learn.

5 College Junior

Academics: BYU is very rigorous and demanding, but that is what makes it such a good school. The courses, professors, and administration are among the best.

5 College Freshman

Academics: In my opinion, BYU is on the more difficult side, but still within the realms of fairness. I have the opinion that if you work hard and do your best, you are bound to get a descent grade. It may not be an A, but B's in most classes are entirely possible, which for BYU is still a great grade. BYU is highly competitive but the classes and academics are renowned throughout the country and hold a high standing among most jobs and opportunities. I think BYU academics is perfect, offering the right amount of difficulty with possibility.

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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 469 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 317 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

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 317 responses

  • 60% This was my dream school.
  • 37% This was one of my top choices.
  • 4% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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