Brigham Young University (BYU)

Brigham Young University (BYU), located in Provo, Utah, United States, is a private, coeducational research university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church). It is the oldest existing institution within the LDS Church Educational System, is America's largest religious university, and has the second-largest private university enrollment in the United States. (1,2,3) Approximately 98% of the 34,000 students at BYU are Mormon; two-thirds of its American students come from outside the state of Utah. (4)

BYU students are required to adhere to a strict honor code, which mandates behavior in line with Mormon teachings (including prohibitions on extra-marital sex and the consumption of drugs and alcohol) in addition to academic honesty. Furthermore, the Honor Code requires BYU students to adhere to a dress code. Approximately 97% of male BYU graduates have taken a two-year hiatus from their studies at some point to be Mormon missionaries, and 32% of BYU women graduates have been missionaries as well. (5) Many BYU students obtain a level of foreign language proficiency while being Mormon missionaries, and BYU has many foreign language classes. Over 75% of BYU students have some foreign language proficiency. (6)

The university's primary focus is on undergraduate education, but it also has 68 master's and 25 doctoral degree programs, including a Juris Doctor program. About 70% of student tuition is funded by LDS Church tithing funds, making tuition relatively less expensive than at similar private universities. (7)

  1. Naparsteck, Martin. "The Lord's University". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved on 2008-05-01.
  2. Freedman, Jamie L. (2004-07-01). "GW Law's Utah Connection". GW Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-05-01.
  3. "UoP About Us". Illustrates BYU second only to UoP in private school enrollment.. Retrieved on 2008-05-03.
  4. "About BYU - Demographics". (2007). Retrieved on 2007-08-19.
  5. "Brigham Young University Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2006 Executive Summary". BYU (2006). Retrieved on 2008-01-21.
  6. "About BYU: Languages". Retrieved on 2008-02-25.
  7. Madsen, Grant (2004-05-04). "BYU number two value after BYU-Hawaii, says "Consumers Digest"". BYU News. Retrieved on 2007-08-19.

BYU Professors Promote Mormonism as Distinct From Christianity

BYU Students Should Seek Guidance Only From Church Leaders

Honor Code Forced Upon BYU Students and Graduates

Limited Internet Access for BYU Students

Required BOM Course for BYU Students

BYU Students Enjoying Buddhism

Slander of Outsiders by BYU Staff

BYU Swim Team Criminals

BYU Diversity Elimination

BYU Football Hypocrisy

BYU Marriage Pressure

BYU Website Tuneup

BYU Gay Students

BYU Student Quiz

BYU Bathrooms

BYU Rapes


BYU Professor Neil J. Anderson

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BYU Professor Larry Echohawk

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BYU Professor Andrew Kosorok

BYU Professor Robert L. Millet

BYU Professor Jeffrey Nielsen

BYU Professor Steven Peck

BYU Professor Daniel Peterson

BYU Professor Arden Pope

BYU Professor Troy Smith

BYU Historian Joseph Walker

BYU Professor Clayton White

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