Updated on May 23, 2024
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Brigham Young University, which was founded in Provo, Utah, is a co-educational, private university. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates this campus and branch campuses located in Rexburg, Idaho and Laie, Hawaii. It has a complete enrollment of 34,000+ students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate levels.

Overview of Brigham Young University (BYU)

Aside from the main campus, BYU also owns and operates eight colleges and the David O. McKay School of Education, the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott School of Management, the Reuben Clark Law School, the Ezra Taft Benson Agriculture and Food Institute, and the Center for Family History and Genealogy. BYU is large enough that it offers both master’s degree programs in almost all study areas and more than 50 doctorate degrees programs. Research is a vital part of the university—it operates labs for plasma, atomic, and condensed matter physics.

BYU was founded by Brigham Young, who was the second president of the Mormon church. Before being named Brigham Young University, it was called Brigham Young Academy. Its original mission was to train teachers, with instruction beginning in 1876. In 1903, it attained university status.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 20:1
Graduation Rate 86%
Year Founded 1875

Student Enrollment

Total Students34,499


Undergraduate Student

Male 15,720.5
Female 15,720.5

Graduate Student

Male 1,529
Female 1,529

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BYU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 4,599
Female 5,901


Male 2,943
Female 4,131

Acceptance Rate67%

Male 64%
Female 70%

Enrollment 5,698

Male 2,439
Female 3,259
Application Fee $35
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Considered But Not Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 1
Common Application Accepted No

BYU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Even considering that BYU is a private, not-for-profit university, the tuition for a student in 2018-2019 was $5,620. Books and supplies cost the average student $848 while room and board cost $7,628 for the academic year. The total cost for a BYU student was $24,396; with financial aid, this number fell to $13,120.

Sixty-nine percent, or 3,703 students beginning school at BYU, received some form of financial aid. Forty-eight percent, or 2,567 students, received either grants or scholarships totaling $5,056, 45% or 2,396 students received institutional grants or scholarships totaling $4,061; federal loans went to 12% or 632 students, who received an average of $5,073.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $13,120
Average Total Aid $5,056
Students Receiving Financial Aid 69%
Room & Board $7,628

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $5,620
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $5,620
  • Books and Supplies - $848
  • Room & Board - $7,628
  • Other - $4,680


As a private university, BYU is able to offer more to its students than a public university is able to do. The student-to-faculty ratio is 20 to 1. Of the 34,499 students, 31,441 are undergraduate students. BYU offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctorate degrees for professional practice, doctorate degrees for research and scholarship, and postbaccalaureate certificates.

The main campus is set within a midsize city and offers campus housing to its students. BYU’s retention rate is 88% for full-time students; for part-time students, it is 67%. The school’s graduation rate is 86% overall; the four-year graduation rate is 22% for students who began pursuing their bachelor’s degrees in a recent academic year, down from previous years. The six-year graduation rate for students in recent academic years is 86%. These numbers are solid and it is possible, with BYU being an academically rigorous school, students may not have anticipated the level of studying required and left the school for that reason.

Student Population Total

Student Population 34,499

Evening Classes : NA
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 906 Total Graduates / 13%
Accounting 193 Graduates
Finance, General 170 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 101 Graduates
Accounting and Related Services, Other 69 Graduates
Construction Management 59 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 808 Total Graduates / 12%
Exercise Physiology 229 Graduates
Neuroscience 116 Graduates
Microbiology, General 111 Graduates
Physiology, General 81 Graduates
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 80 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 578 Total Graduates / 8%
Economics, General 189 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 136 Graduates
Sociology 131 Graduates
International Relations and Affairs 39 Graduates
Geography, Other 32 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 567 Total Graduates / 8%
Public Health Education and Promotion 139 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 120 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 102 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 42 Graduates
Dietetics/Dietitian 42 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 524 Total Graduates / 8%
Mechanical Engineering 171 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 116 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 77 Graduates
Manufacturing Engineering 66 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 51 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 51%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, BYU alumni may earn an early career salary of $62,000. Mid-career salary may rise to $121,000. Students may expect to have a certain return on investment (ROI) from their time in school. It represents the difference between the university graduate’s earning and the earnings of a high school graduate. The annual ROI is about 11.8%, or the expected percentage they receive each year post-graduation. The 20-year ROI rests at $595,000.

Some of these students may not have chosen to return to school after earning a bachelor’s degree, while others may have earned a master’s degree, and still other students continued in school to earn a doctorate degree. Depending on a student’s degree and career choice, this may have had an impact on their salary and ROI.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $61,700
College Grads Average Salary $75,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $120,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $750,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,956,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $52,480
10 Year Projected ROI $697,520
20 Year Projected ROI $1,903,520
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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