Brigham Young University
|Brigham Young Academy|
No official motto|
Unofficial mottoes include:
The glory of God is intelligence
Enter to learn, go forth to serve
The world is our campus
|Established||October 16, 1875|
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Endowment||$1.47 billion (2014)|
|President||Kevin J Worthen|
|1,264 full-time, 486 part-time|
|1,200 full-time, 900 part-time|
|Location||Provo, Utah, United States|
|Campus||Suburban, 560 acres (2.3 km2)|
Navy Blue and White|
NCAA Division I / FBS Independent |
West Coast Conference
|Mascot||Cosmo the Cougar|
Brigham Young University (BYU, sometimes referred to colloquially as The Y) is a private, non-profit research university in Provo, Utah, United States completely owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and run under the auspices of its Church Educational System. Approximately 99 percent of the students are members of the LDS Church and one-third of its U.S. students are from Utah. The university's primary focus is on undergraduate education, but it also has 68 master's and 25 doctoral degree programs.
Students attending BYU agree to follow an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with LDS teachings such as academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, and abstinence from extramarital sex and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol. The university curriculum includes religious education, with required courses in, the Bible (KJV), LDS scripture, doctrine, and history, and the university sponsors weekly devotional assemblies with most speakers addressing religious topics. Many students (88 percent of men, 39 percent of women) either delay enrollment or take a hiatus from their studies to serve as Mormon missionaries. An education at BYU is also less expensive than at similar private universities, since "a significant portion" of the cost of operating the university is subsidized by the church's tithing funds.
BYU offers a variety of academic programs, including liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, physical and mathematical sciences, nursing, and law. The university is broadly organized into 11 colleges or schools at its main Provo campus, with certain colleges and divisions defining their own admission standards. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City, while its parent organization, the Church Educational System (CES), sponsors sister schools in Hawaii and Idaho.
BYU's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the BYU Cougars. Their college football team is an NCAA Division I Independent, while their other sports teams compete in either the West Coast Conference or Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. BYU's sports teams have won a total of fourteen national championships.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Organization and administration
- 4 Academics
- 5 Performing arts
- 6 Athletics
- 7 Student life
- 8 Media
- 9 Alumni
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Brigham Young University's origin can be traced back to 1862 when a man named Warren Dusenberry started a Provo school in Cluff Hall, a prominent adobe building in the northeast corner of 200 East and 200 North. On October 16, 1875, Brigham Young, then president of the LDS Church, personally purchased the Lewis Building after hinting a school would be built in Draper, Utah, in 1867. Hence, October 16, 1875, is commonly held as BYU's founding date. Said Young about his vision: "I hope to see an Academy established in Provo... at which the children of the Latter-day Saints can receive a good education unmixed with the pernicious atheistic influences that are found in so many of the higher schools of the country."
The school broke off from the University of Deseret and became Brigham Young Academy, with classes commencing on January 3, 1876. Warren Dusenberry served as interim principal for several months until April 1876 when Brigham Young's choice for principal arrived—a German immigrant named Karl Maeser. Under Maeser's direction, the school educated many luminaries including future U.S. Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland and future U.S. Senator Reed Smoot. The school, however, did not become a university until the end of Benjamin Cluff's term at the helm of the institution. At that time, the school was also still privately supported by members of the community and was not absorbed and sponsored officially by the LDS Church until July 18, 1896. A series of odd managerial decisions by Cluff led to his demotion; however, in his last official act, he proposed to the Board the Academy be named "Brigham Young University". The suggestion received a large amount of opposition, with many members of the Board saying the school wasn't large enough to be a university, but the decision ultimately passed. One opponent to the decision, Anthon H. Lund, later said, "I hope their head will grow big enough for their hat."
In 1903 Brigham Young Academy was dissolved, and was replaced by two institutions: Brigham Young High School, and Brigham Young University. The BY High School class of 1907 was ultimately responsible for the famous giant "Y" that is to this day embedded on a mountain near campus. The Board elected George H. Brimhall as the new President of BYU. He had not received a high school education until he was forty. Nevertheless, he was an excellent orator and organizer. Under his tenure in 1904 the new Brigham Young University bought 17 acres (69,000 m2) of land from Provo called "Temple Hill". After some controversy among locals over BYU's purchase of this property, construction began in 1909 on the first building on the current campus, the Karl G. Maeser Memorial. Brimhall also presided over the University during a brief crisis involving the theory of evolution. The religious nature of the school seemed at the time to collide with this scientific theory. Joseph F. Smith, LDS Church president, settled the question for a time by asking that evolution not be taught at the school. A few have described the school at this time as nothing more than a "religious seminary". However, many of its graduates at this time would go on to great success and become well renowned in their fields.
Franklin S. Harris was appointed the university's president in 1921. He was the first BYU president to have a doctoral degree. Harris made several important changes to the school, reorganizing it into a true university, whereas before, its organization had remnants of the Academy days. At the beginning of his tenure, the school was not officially recognized as a university by any accreditation organization. By the end of his term, the school was accredited under all major accrediting organizations at the time. He was replaced by Howard S. McDonald, who received his doctorate from the University of California. When he first received the position, the Second World War had just ended, and thousands of students were flooding into BYU. By the end of his stay, the school had grown nearly five times to 5,440 students. The university did not have the facilities to handle such a large influx, so he bought part of an Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah and rebuilt it to house some of the students. The next president, Ernest L. Wilkinson, also oversaw a period of intense growth, as the school adopted an accelerated building program. Wilkinson was responsible for the building of over eighty structures on the campus, many of which still stand. During his tenure, the student body increased six-fold, making BYU the largest private school at the time. The quality of the students also increased, leading to higher educational standards at the school. Finally, Wilkinson reorganized the LDS Church units on campus, with ten stakes and over 100 wards being added during his administration.
Dallin H. Oaks replaced Wilkinson as president in 1971. Oaks continued the expansion of his predecessor, adding a law school and proposing plans for a new School of Management. During his administration, a new library was also added, doubling the library space on campus. Jeffrey R. Holland followed as president in 1980, encouraging a combination of educational excellence and religious faith at the university. He believed one of the school's greatest strengths was its religious nature and this should be taken advantage of rather than hidden. During his administration, the university added a campus in Jerusalem, now called the BYU Jerusalem Center. In 1989, Holland was replaced by Rex E. Lee. Lee was responsible for the Benson Science Building and the Museum of Art on campus. A cancer victim, Lee is memorialized annually at BYU during a cancer fundraiser called the Rex Lee Run. Shortly before his death, Lee was replaced in 1995 by Merrill J. Bateman.
Bateman was responsible for the building of 36 new buildings for the university both on and off campus, including the expansion of the Harold B. Lee Library. He was also one of several key college leaders who brought about the creation of the Mountain West Conference, which BYU's athletics program joined — BYU previously participated in the Western Athletic Conference. A BYU satellite TV network also opened in 2000 under his leadership. Bateman was also president during the September 11th attacks in 2001. The planes crashed on a Tuesday, hours before the weekly devotional normally held at BYU. Previous plans for the devotional were altered, as Bateman led the student body in a prayer for peace. Bateman was followed by Cecil O. Samuelson in 2003. Samuelson was succeeded by Kevin J Worthen in 2014.
The main campus in Provo, Utah, United States sits on approximately 560 acres (2.3 km2) nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and includes 295 buildings. The buildings feature a wide variety of architectural styles, each building being built in the style of its time. The grass, trees, and flower beds on BYU's campus are impeccably maintained. Furthermore, views of the Wasatch Mountains, (including Mount Timpanogos) can be seen from the campus. BYU's Harold B. Lee Library (also known as "HBLL"), which The Princeton Review ranked as the No. 1 "Great College Library" in 2004, has approximately 8½ million items in its collections, contains 98 miles (158 km) of shelving, and can seat 4,600 people. The Spencer W. Kimball Tower, shortened to SWKT and pronounced Swicket by many students, is home to several of the university's departments and programs and is the tallest building in Provo, Utah. Furthermore, BYU's Marriott Center, used as a basketball arena, can seat over 19,000 and is one of the largest on-campus arenas in the nation.[self-published source] Absent on the campus of this church owned university is a campus chapel. Notwithstanding, each Sunday LDS Church services for students are conducted on campus, but due to the large number of students attending these services, nearly all of the buildings and possible meeting spaces on campus are utilized (in addition, many students attend services off campus in LDS chapels in the surrounding communities).
The campus is home to several museums containing exhibits from many different fields of study. BYU's Museum of Art, for example, is one of the largest and most attended art museums in the Mountain West. This museum aids in academic pursuits of students at BYU via research and study of the artworks in its collection. The museum is also open to the general public and provides educational programming. The Museum of Peoples and Cultures is a museum of archaeology and ethnology. It focuses on native cultures and artifacts of the Great Basin, American Southwest, Mesoamerica, Peru, and Polynesia. Home to more than 40,000 artifacts and 50,000 photographs, it documents BYU's archaeological research. The BYU Museum of Paleontology was built in 1976 to display the many fossils found by BYU's James A. Jensen. It holds many vertebrate fossils from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and is one of the top five vertebrate fossil collections in the world from the Jurassic. The museum receives about 25,000 visitors every year. The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum was formed in 1978. It features several forms of plant and animal life on display and available for research by students and scholars.
The campus also houses several performing arts facilities. The de Jong Concert Hall seats 1282 people and is named for Gerrit de Jong Jr. The Pardoe Theatre is named for T. Earl and Kathryn Pardoe. Students use its stage in a variety of theatre experiments, as well as for Pardoe Series performances. It seats 500 people, and has quite a large stage with a proscenium opening of 19 by 55 feet (17 m). The Margetts Theatre was named for Philip N. Margetts, a prominent Utah theatre figure. A smaller, black box theater, it allows a variety of seating and staging formats. It seats 125, and measures 30 by 50 feet (15 m). The Nelke Theatre, named for one of BYU's first drama teachers, is used largely for instruction in experimental theater. It seats 280.
Single students who are freshmen have four options for on-campus housing: Heritage Halls, Helaman Halls, Wyview Park, and the Foreign Language Student Residence (FLSR). On-campus married students live in Wymount Terrace or Wyview Park.
Heritage Halls was a twenty-four-building housing complex on campus which offers apartment-style living. It has been replaced by a newer housing complex. The halls house both male and female students, divided by gender into separate buildings. Each building has ten to fourteen units capable of housing six people each.
Helaman Halls is a slightly newer complex which underwent a 12-year renovation between 1991 and 2004. Helaman Halls is a nine-building (ninth opened in the summer of 2010), dormitory-style living area. Residents share a room (larger than Heritage Halls) with one other resident, but do not have their own kitchen and use shared bathrooms. Residents are required to have a meal plan, and eat at the newly remodeled Commons at the Cannon Center.
Wyview Park was originally built for families in 1996, but this changed in 2006 when the complex began housing single students in order to counteract loss of singles' housing in other areas. Wyview Park has 30 buildings that offer apartment-style living for students, along with the option for shared or single rooms.
The Foreign Language Student Residence complex has twenty-five apartments where students speak exclusively in a selected foreign language. The immersion experience is available in nine languages, and students are accompanied by a native resident throughout the year to enhance the experience.
Married students can house in Wymount Terrace, which contains a total of 462 apartments in 24 buildings.
Branches of the BYU Creamery provide basic food and general grocery products for students living in Heritage Halls, Helaman, Wymount, Wyview, and the FLSR. Helaman Halls is also served by a central cafeteria called the Cannon Center. The creamery, begun in 1949, has become a BYU tradition and is also frequented by visitors to the university and members of the community. It was the first on-campus full-service grocery store in the country.
BYU has designated energy conservation, products and materials, recycling, site planning and building design, student involvement, transportation, water conservation, and zero waste events as top priority categories in which to further its efforts to be an environmentally sustainable campus. The university has stated "we have a responsibility to be wise stewards of the earth and its resources." BYU is working to increase the energy efficiency of its buildings by installing various speed drives on all pumps and fans, replacing incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting, retrofitting campus buildings with low-E reflective glass, and upgraded roof insulation to prevent heat loss. The student groups BYU Recycles, Eco-Response, and BYU Earth educate students, faculty, staff, and administrators about how the campus can decrease its environmental impact. BYU Recycles spearheaded the recent campaign to begin recycling plastics, which the university did after a year of student campaigning.
Organization and administration
|Engineering and Technology (Fulton)||1953|
|Family, Home, and Social Sciences||1969|
|Fine Arts and Communications||1925|
|Physical and Mathematical Sciences||1949|
Brigham Young University is a part of the LDS Church Educational System. It is organized under a Board of Trustees, with the President of the Church (currently Russell M. Nelson) as chairman. This board consists of the same people as the Church Board of Education, a pattern that has been in place since 1939. Prior to 1939, BYU had a separate board of trustees that was subordinate to the Church Board of Education. The President of BYU, currently Kevin J Worthen, reports to the Board, through the Commissioner of Education.
The university operates under 11 colleges or schools, which collectively offer 194 bachelor's degree programs, 68 master's degree programs, 25 PhD programs, and a Juris Doctor program. BYU also manages some courses and majors through the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and "miscellaneous" college departments, including Undergraduate Education, Graduate Studies, Independent Study, Continuing Education, and the Honors Program. BYU's Winter semester ends earlier than most universities in April since there is no Spring break, thus allowing students to pursue internships and other summer activities earlier. A typical academic year is broken up into two semesters: Fall (September–December) and Winter (January–April), as well as two shorter terms during the summer months: Spring (May–June) and Summer (July–August).
Admissions and demographics
BYU accepted 53.4 percent of the 13,731 people who applied for admission in the spring and summer terms, and fall semester of 2017. The average GPA for these admitted students was 3.86 with an average ACT of 29.5 and SAT of 1300. U.S. News and World Report describes BYU's selectivity as being "more selective" and compares it with such universities as the University of Texas at Austin and The Ohio State University. In addition, BYU is ranked 26th in colleges with the most freshman Merit Scholars, with 88 in 2006. BYU has one of the highest percentage of accepted applicants that go on to enroll (78 percent in 2010).
Students from every state in the U.S. and from many foreign countries attend BYU. (In the 2005–06 academic year, there were 2,396 foreign students, or eight (8) percent of enrollment.) Slightly more than 98 percent of these students are active members of the LDS Church. In 2006, 12.6 percent of the student body reported themselves as ethnic minorities, mostly Asians, Pacific islanders and Hispanics.
Undergraduate students may qualify for graduation honors. University Honors is the highest distinction BYU awards its graduates. Administered by the Honors Program, the distinction requires students to complete an honors curriculum requirement, a Great Questions requirement, an Experiential Learning requirement, an honors thesis requirement, and a graduation portfolio that summarizes the student's honors experiences.
The university also awards Latin scholastic distinctions separately from the Honors Program: summa cum laude (top 1 percent), magna cum laude (top 5 percent), and cum laude (top 10 percent). The university additionally recognizes Phi Kappa Phi graduation honors.
|U.S. News & World Report||66|
|U.S. News & World Report||601|
For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked BYU as 61st among national universities in the United States. A 2013 Quarterly Journal of Economics study of where the nation's top high school students choose to enroll ranked BYU No. 21 in its peer-reviewed study. The Princeton Review has ranked BYU the best value for college in 2007, and its library is consistently ranked in the nation's top ten — No. 1 in 2004 and No. 4 in 2007. BYU is also ranked No. 19 in the U.S. News and World Report's "Great Schools, Great Prices" lineup, and No. 12 in lowest student-incurred debt. Due in part to the school's emphasis on undergraduate research, in rankings for 2008-2009, BYU was ranked No. 10 nationally for the number of students who go on to earn PhDs, No. 1 nationally for students who go on to dental school, No. 6 nationally for students who go on to law school, and No. 10 nationally for students who go on to medical school. BYU is designated as a research university with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Forbes magazine ranked it as the No. 1 "Top University to Work For in 2014" and as the best college in Utah.
In 2009 the university's Marriott School of Management received a No. 5 ranking by BusinessWeek for its undergraduate programs, and its MBA program was ranked by several sources: No. 22 ranking by BusinessWeek, No. 16 by Forbes, and No. 29 by U.S. News & World Report. Among regional schools the MBA program was ranked No. 1 by The Wall Street Journal's most recent ranking (2007), and it was ranked No. 92 among business schools worldwide in 2009 by Financial Times. For 2009, the university's School of Accountancy, which is housed within the Marriott School, received a No. 2 and two No. 3 rankings for its undergraduate program—one by Public Accounting Report and the other by U.S. News & World Report. The same two reporting agencies also ranked the school's MAcc program No. 3 and No. 8 in the nation, respectively. In 2010 an article in the Wall Street Journal listing institutions whose graduates were the top-rated by recruiters ranked BYU No. 11. Using 2010 fiscal year data, the Association of University Technology Managers ranked BYU No. 3 in an evaluation of universities creating the most startup companies through campus research.
Notable research and awards
Scientists associated with BYU have created some notable inventions. Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the electronic television, received his education at BYU, and later returned to do fusion research, receiving an honorary degree from the university. Alumnus Harvey Fletcher, inventor of stereophonic sound, went on to carry out the now famous oil-drop experiment with Robert Millikan, and was later Founding Dean of the BYU College of Engineering. H. Tracy Hall, inventor of the man-made diamond, left General Electric in 1955 and became a full professor of chemistry and Director of Research at BYU. While there, he invented a new type of diamond press, the tetrahedral press. In student achievements, BYU Ad Lab teams won both the 2007 and 2008 L'Oréal National Brandstorm Competition, and students developed the Magnetic Lasso algorithm found in Adobe Photoshop. In prestigious scholarships, BYU has produced 10 Rhodes Scholars, four Gates Scholars in the last six years, and in the last decade has claimed 41 Fulbright scholars and 3 Jack Kent Cooke scholars.
Devotionals and forums
To provide students with opportunities for both spiritual and intellectual insight, BYU has hosted weekly devotional and forum assemblies since the school's early days. Devotionals are most common and address religious topics, often with academic perspective or insight. Devotional speakers are typically drawn from the BYU faculty and administration or LDS Church leadership, including church presidents George Albert Smith, Spencer W. Kimball, and Russell M. Nelson.
Several times each year the devotional is replaced by a forum, which typically addresses a more secular topic and may include a speaker from outside the BYU or LDS community. In recent years, forum speakers have included notable politicians (e.g. Joseph Lieberman, Mitt Romney), scientists (Neil deGrasse Tyson, DJ Patil), historians (David McCullough, Richard Beeman), religious leaders (Archbishop Charles Chaput, Albert Mohler), judicial figures (John Roberts, Thomas Griffith) and other thought leaders (Liz Wiseman, Arthur Brooks).
Although attendance is not required, several thousand students attend the weekly assemblies, which are also broadcast on BYUtv and archived in text, audio, and video formats on the BYU Speeches website.
Over three quarters of the student body has some proficiency in a second language (numbering 107 languages in total). This is partially due to the fact that 45 percent of the student body at BYU has been missionaries for LDS Church, and many of them learned a foreign language as part of their mission assignment. During any given semester, about one-third of the student body is enrolled in foreign language classes, a rate nearly four times the national average. BYU offers courses in over 60 different languages, many with advanced courses that are seldom offered elsewhere. Several of its language programs are the largest of their kind in the nation, the Russian program being one example. The university was selected by the United States Department of Education as the location of the national Middle East Language Resource Center, making the school a hub for experts on that region. It was also selected as a Center for International Business Education Research, a function of which is to train business employees in international languages and relations.
Beyond this, BYU also runs a very large study abroad program, with satellite centers in London, Jerusalem, and Paris, as well as more than 20 other sites. Nearly 2,000 students take advantage of these programs yearly. In 2001 the Institute of International Education ranked BYU as the number one university in the U.S. to offer students study abroad opportunities. The BYU Jerusalem Center, which was closed in 2000 due to student security concerns related to the Second Intifada and, more recently, the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, was reopened to students in the Winter 2007 semester.
A few special additions enhance the language-learning experience. For example, BYU's International Cinema, featuring films in several languages, is the largest and longest-running university-run foreign film program in the country. As already noted, BYU also offers an intensive foreign language living experience, the Foreign Language Student Residence. This is an on-campus apartment complex where students commit to speak only their chosen foreign language while in their apartments. Each apartment has at least one native speaker to ensure correct language usage.
Academic freedom issues
In 1992 the university drafted a new Statement on Academic Freedom, specifying limitations may be placed upon "expression with students or in public that: (1) contradicts or opposes, rather than analyzes or discusses, fundamental Church doctrine or policy; (2) deliberately attacks or derides the Church or its general leaders; or (3) violates the Honor Code because the expression is dishonest, illegal, unchaste, profane, or unduly disrespectful of others." These restrictions have caused some controversy as several professors have been disciplined according to the then-new rule. The American Association of University Professors has claimed that "infringements on academic freedom are distressingly common and that the climate for academic freedom is distressingly poor." The newer rules have not affected BYU's accreditation, as the university's chosen accrediting body allows "religious colleges and universities to place limitations on academic freedom so long as they publish those limitations candidly", according to associate academic vice president Jim Gordon. The AAUP's concern was not with restrictions on the faculty member's religious expression but with a failure, as alleged by the faculty member and AAUP, that the restrictions had not been adequately specified in advance by BYU: "The AAUP requires that any doctrinal limitations on academic freedom be laid out clearly in writing. We [AAUP] concluded that BYU had failed to do so adequately."
The BYU Ballroom Dance Company is known as one of the best formation ballroom dance teams in the world, having won the U.S. National Formation Dance Championship every year since 1982. BYU's ballroom dance team has won first place in Latin or Standard (or both) many times when they have competed at the Blackpool Dance Festival, and they were the first U.S. team to win the formation championships at the famed British Championships in Blackpool, England in 1972. The NDCA National DanceSport championships have been held at BYU for several years, and BYU holds dozens of ballroom dance classes each semester and is consequently the largest collegiate ballroom dance program in the world. In addition, BYU has a number of other notable dance teams and programs. These teams include the Theatre Ballet, Contemporary Dance Theatre, Living Legends, and International Folk Dance Ensemble. The Living Legends perform Latin, Native American, and Polynesian dancing. BYU boasts one of the largest dance departments in the nation. Many students from all different majors across campus participate in various dance classes each semester.
The Young Ambassadors are a song and dance performing group with a 50-year history at BYU. Prior to 1970 the group was known as Curtain Time USA. In the 1960s their world tour stops included Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. The group first performed as the Young Ambassadors at Expo '70 in Japan, and has since performed in over 56 nations. The royalty of Thailand and Jordan, along with persons of high office in countries such as India, have been among their audiences.
BYU's Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra have toured many countries including Denmark, Hong Kong, Russia, the British Isles, and Central Europe. The Symphonic Band is also an ensemble dedicated to developing the musician, but with a less strenuous focus on performance. Additionally, BYU has a marching band program called the Cougar Marching Band.
BYU has a choral program with over 500 members. The four BYU auditioned choirs include the 40-member BYU Singers, the 90-member BYU Concert Choir, the 200-member BYU Men's Chorus (the largest male collegiate choir in the U.S.), and the 190-member BYU Women's Chorus. Both the BYU Men's Chorus and BYU Singers have toured across the United States and around the globe. Each of the four groups has recorded several times under BYU's label Tantara Records.
BYU's a cappella groups, Vocal Point and Noteworthy are among the top groups in the country, both of them having been crowned International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella winners, in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Both groups release multiple music videos a year and operate under BYU's Performing Arts Management.
BYU has 21 NCAA varsity teams. Nineteen of these teams played mainly in the Mountain West Conference from its inception in 1999 until the school left that conference in 2011. Prior to that time BYU teams competed in the Western Athletic Conference. All teams are named the "Cougars", and Cosmo the Cougar has been the school's mascot since 1953. The school's fight song is the Cougar Fight Song. Because many of its players serve on full-time missions for two years (men when they're 18, women when 19), BYU athletes are often older on average than other schools' players. The NCAA allows students to serve missions for two years without subtracting that time from their eligibility period. This has caused minor controversy, but is largely recognized as not lending the school any significant advantage, since players receive no athletic and little physical training during their missions. BYU has also received attention from sports networks for refusal to play games on Sunday, as well as expelling players due to honor code violations. Beginning in the 2011 season, BYU football competes in college football as an independent. In addition, most other sports now compete in the West Coast Conference. Teams in swimming and diving and indoor track and field for both men and women joined the men's volleyball program in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. For outdoor track and field, the Cougars became an Independent. Softball returned to the Western Athletic Conference, but spent only one season in the WAC; the team moved to the Pacific Coast Softball Conference after the 2012 season. The softball program may move again after the 2013 season; the July 2013 return of Pacific to the WCC will enable that conference to add softball as an official sport.
As of 2016[update], more recently BYU has had several standout basketball players. This included Jimmer Fredette, who in 2011 was named the NCAA basketball player of the year and led the nation in scoring; Tyler Haws, as part of the 2014-15 season, was a finalist for the Jerry West Award and scored the most points in the nation; and Kyle Collinsworth, who set the NCAA single-season record for triple-doubles with six (in both the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons) and holds the NCAA career triple-double record of twelve.
BYU sponsors extramural competition in six sports under Student Life. These sports are racquetball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's rugby, women's rugby, and men's soccer. Men's hockey is not an "extramural sport" but is given "recognized sport" status.
"The mission of [BYU] is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life. That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued...."
|— BYU Mission Statement|
BYU's stated mission "is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life." BYU is thus considered by its leaders to be at heart a religious institution, wherein, ideally, religious and secular education are interwoven in a way that encourages the highest standards in both areas. This weaving of the secular and the religious aspects of a religious university goes back as far as Brigham Young himself, who told Karl G. Maeser when the Church purchased the school: "I want you to remember that you ought not to teach even the alphabet or the multiplication tables without the Spirit of God."
BYU has been considered by some Latter-day Saints, as well as some university and church leaders, to be "The Lord's university." This phrase is used in reference to the school's mission as an ambassador to the world for the LDS Church, and thus for Jesus Christ. In the past, some students and faculty have expressed dissatisfaction with this nickname, stating that it gives students the idea that university authorities are always divinely inspired and never to be contradicted. Leaders of the school, however, acknowledge that the nickname represents more a goal that the university strives for and not its current state of being. Leaders encourage students and faculty to help fulfill the goal by following the teachings of their religion, adhering to the school's honor code, and serving others with the knowledge they gain while attending.
BYU mandates that its students who are members of the LDS Church be religiously active. Both LDS and Non-LDS students are required to provide an endorsement from an ecclesiastic leader with their application for admittance. Over 900 rooms on BYU campus are used for the purposes of LDS Church congregations. More than 150 congregations meet on BYU campus each Sunday. "BYU's campus becomes one of the busiest and largest centers of worship in the world" with about 24,000 persons attending church services on campus.
Some 97 percent of male BYU graduates and 32 percent of female graduates took a hiatus from their undergraduate studies at one point to serve as LDS missionaries. In October 2012, the LDS Church announced at its general conference that young men could serve a mission after they turn 18 and have graduated from high school, rather than after age 19 under the old policy. Many young men would often attend a semester or two of higher education prior to beginning missionary service. This policy change will likely impact what has been the traditional incoming freshman class at BYU. Female students may now begin their missionary service anytime after turning 19, rather than age 21 under the previous policy. For young men, a completed full-time mission lasts two years, and for young women it lasts 18 months (older missionaries have varying lengths of missions).
"As a matter of personal commitment, faculty, administration, staff, and students of Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University—Hawaii, Brigham Young University—Idaho, and LDS Business College seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will
|— Church Educational System Honor Code Statement|
All students and faculty, regardless of religion, are required to agree to adhere to an honor code. Early forms of the Church Educational System Honor Code are found as far back as the days of the Brigham Young Academy and early school President Karl G. Maeser. Maeser created the "Domestic Organization", a group of teachers who would visit students at their homes to ensure they were following the school's moral rules prohibiting obscenity, profanity, smoking, and alcohol consumption. The Honor Code was not created until about 1940, and was used mainly for cases of cheating and academic dishonesty.
President Wilkinson expanded the Honor Code in 1957 to include other school standards. This led to what the Honor Code represents today: rules regarding chastity, dress, grooming, drugs, and alcohol. A signed commitment to live the honor code is part of the application process, and must be adhered by all students, faculty, and staff. Students and faculty found in violation of standards are warned or called to meet with representatives of the Honor Council. In certain cases, students and faculty can be expelled or lose tenure. Both LDS and non-LDS students are required to meet annually with a Church leader to receive an ecclesiastical endorsement for both acceptance and continuance.
Policies on LGBTQ students and behavior
The policy states that LGBTQ status or same-gender attraction (SSA) is not an Honor Code issue. In an August, 2018 devotion speech to students BYU religion professor Eric D. Huntsman urged BYU students to listen to and understand "what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing." Huntsman said "we must do better than we have done in the past so that all feel they have a spiritual home" at BYU. ”Historically, BYU has regularly been ranked among the most LGBT-unfriendly schools in the United States, and its policies towards LGBTQ students have sparked criticism and protests. In the fall of 2016 BYU faced national criticism when many called its LGBT policies discriminatory while the university was being considered as an addition to the Big 12 Conference. In 2018, BYU hosted a on campus LGBTQ and same sex attraction (SSA) forum with the theme "Come and Understand what it means to be LGBTQ and SSA at BYU." The forum was endorsed and supported by the BYU administration. In a 2015 on campus devotional, LDS Church leader Elder Ronald A. Rasband encouraged students to have respectful conversations about fairness for all, including those who identify themselves within the LGBTQ community, and encouraged students to share their experiences with him on his Facebook page. Historically, policies around and treatment of LGBT students have included being banned from enrolling due to their romantic attractions in the 60s,:379 In the 90s, a poll showed a majority of BYU students supported including gay students at BYU but nearly 80% of BYU students reported they'd refuse to live with a gay roommate. There was a ban on coming out into the 2000s. The Honor Code deems homosexual behavior as inappropriate and a violation of the Honor Code to include not only sexual relations between members of the same sex but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings. The same policy likewise proscribes heterosexual sexual relations engaged in outside a traditional marriage relationship.
Effects on sexual assault reporting
Current policy assures that victims "will not be disciplined by the university for any related honor code violation occurring at or near the time of the reported sexual misconduct unless a person's health or safety is at risk." In 2016 and 2017 the Honor Code, in light of identified potential conflicts with Title IX obligations, was extensively reviewed and updated. Criticism of past policy pointed to conflicts the policies and enforcement created for survivors of sexual assault. Beginning in 2014 and continuing through 2016, some students reported that, after being sexually assaulted or raped, they were told they would face discipline because of honor code violations for consensual sexual relationships in violation of the policy that came to light during the investigation of reported sexual assaults. Criticism has been leveled that this atmosphere may prevent other students from reporting sexual assault crimes to police, a situation that local law enforcement have publicly criticized. In response, the Victim Services Coordinator of the Provo Police Department called for an amnesty clause to be added to the Honor Code, which would not punish sexual assault survivors for past honor code violations discovered during the investigation. BYU launched a review of the practice, which concluded in October 2016. BYU announced several changes to how it would handle sexual assault reports, including adding an amnesty clause, and ensuring under most circumstances that information is not shared between Title IX Office and Honor Code Office without the victim's consent. In June 2017, the policy was further revised to affirm that "BYU strongly encourages the reporting of all incidents of sexual misconduct so that support services can be offered to victims and sexual misconduct can be prevented and stopped."
Culture and activities
BYU's social and cultural atmosphere is unique. The high rate of enrollment at the university by members of the LDS Church (more than 98 percent) results in an amplification of LDS cultural norms; BYU was ranked by The Princeton Review in 2008 as 14th in the nation for having the happiest students and highest quality of life. However, the supposed quirkiness and sometimes "too-nice" culture is often caricatured, for example, in terms of marrying early and being very conservative.
One of the characteristics of BYU most often pointed out is its reputation for emphasizing a "marriage culture". Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints highly value marriage and family, especially marriage within the faith. Approximately 51 percent of the graduates in BYU's class of 2005 were married. This is compared to a national marriage average among college graduates of 11 percent. BYU students on average marry at the age of 22, according to a 2005 study, while the national average age is 29 years for men and 27 years for women.
BYU's honor code, which all BYU students must agree to follow as a condition of studying at BYU, prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and recreational drugs. As mentioned earlier, The Princeton Review has rated BYU the "#1 stone-cold sober school" in the nation for several years running, an honor which the late LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley had commented on with pride. BYU's 2014 "#1 stone-cold" sober rating marked the 17th year in a row the school had earned that rating. BYU has used this and other honors awarded to the school to advertise itself to prospective students, showing that BYU is proud of the rating. According to the Uniform Crime Reports, incidents of crime in Provo are lower than the national average. Murder is rare, and robberies are about 1/10 the national average. Business Insider rated BYU as the #1 safest college campus in the nation.
In the mid-1950s, the director of BYU Food Services decided not to sell caffeine-containing products on the BYU campus. That changed in September 2017 when the director of BYU Dining Services, Dean Wright, announced caffeinated beverages would be sold on campus. Wright said the decision was the result of a change in customer preferences.
BYU sponsors a question-answering service known as the "100 Hour Board". Previously a bulletin board in the Wilkinson Student Center, it is now hosted online. Anyone with an account may ask a question, with topics ranging from academic questions to questions about relationships or church doctrine. The questions are answered in 100 hours by pseudo-anonymous BYU students. It has been affiliated with The Universe since 2006.
The BYU Broadcasting Technical Operations Center is an HD production and distribution facility that is home to local PBS affiliate KBYU-TV, local classical music station KBYU-FM Classical 89, BYU Radio, BYU Radio Instrumental, BYU Radio International, BYUtv and BYU Television International with content in Spanish and Portuguese (both available via terrestrial, satellite, and internet signals). BYUtv is also available via cable throughout some areas of the United States. The BYU Broadcasting Technical Operations Center is home to three television production studios, two television control rooms, radio studios, radio performance space, and master control operations.
The university produces a weekly newspaper called The Universe (it was published daily until 2012), maintains an online news site that is regularly updated called The Digital Universe and has a daily news program broadcast via KBYU-TV. The university also has a recording label called Tantara Records which is run by the BYU School of Music and promotes the works of student ensembles and faculty.
BYU Magazine is the university's alumni publication, distributed quarterly to more than 200,000 addresses. With a history that dates back to the 1920s, BYU Magazine covers a wide variety of BYU activities, from student life and alumni activities to athletics and research. BYU Today is the magazine's email newsletter, distributed twice a month.
Over 21 BYU graduates have served in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, such as former Dean of the U.S. Senate Reed Smoot (class of 1876). Cabinet members of American presidents include former Secretary of Agriculture to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ezra Taft Benson ('26) and Rex E. Lee ('60), who was United States Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan. Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee, was class of 1971.
BYU alumni in academia include former Dean of the Harvard Business School Kim B. Clark, two time world's most influential business thinker Clayton M. Christensen, Michael K. Young ('73), former president of the University of Washington, Matthew S. Holland, current president of Utah Valley University, Stan L. Albrecht, former president of Utah State University, Teppo Felin, Professor at the University of Oxford, and Stephen D. Nadauld, previous president of Dixie State University. The University also graduated Nobel Prize winner Paul D. Boyer, as well as Philo Farnsworth (inventor of the electronic television) and Harvey Fletcher (inventor of the hearing aid). Four of BYU's thirteen presidents were alumni of the University. Additionally, alumni of BYU who have served as business leaders include Citigroup CFO Gary Crittenden ('76), former Dell CEO Kevin Rollins ('84), Deseret Book CEO Sheri L. Dew, and Matthew K. McCauley, CEO of children's clothing company Gymboree.
In literature and journalism, BYU has produced several best-selling authors, including Orson Scott Card ('75), Brandon Sanderson ('00 & '05), and Stephenie Meyer ('95). BYU also graduated American activist and contributor for ABC News Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour. Other media personalities include former CBS News correspondent Art Rascon, award-winning ESPN sportscaster and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes ('86), and former co-host of CBS's The Early Show Jane Clayson Johnson ('90.
In entertainment and television, BYU is represented by Johnny Whitaker ('86) (best known for his role as Jody in Family Affair), Jon Heder ('02) (best known for his role as Napoleon Dynamite), writer-director Daryn Tufts ('98), Golden Globe-nominated Aaron Eckhart ('94), animator and filmmaker Don Bluth ('54), Jeopardy! all-time runner-up Ken Jennings ('00), Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kieth Merrill ('67), and Richard Dutcher, the "Father of Mormon Cinema". In the music industry BYU is represented by lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons Dan Reynolds, multi-platinum selling drummer Elaine Bradley from the band Neon Trees, crossover dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling, former American Idol contestant Carmen Rasmusen, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg.
BYU has also produced many religious leaders. Among the alumni are several LDS Church general authorities, including two church presidents: Ezra Taft Benson ('26), and Thomas S. Monson ('74), six apostles (Neil L. Andersen, D. Todd Christofferson ('69), David A. Bednar ('76), Jeffrey R. Holland ('65 & '66), Dallin H. Oaks ('54), and Reed Smoot 1876), and two general presidents of the Relief Society (Julie B. Beck ('73) and Belle Spafford ('20).
A number of BYU alumni have found success in professional sports, representing the University in 7 MLB World Series, 5 NBA Finals, and 25 NFL Super Bowls. In baseball, BYU alumni include All-Stars Rick Aguilera ('83), Wally Joyner ('84), and Jack Morris, ('76). Professional basketball players include three-time NBA champion Danny Ainge ('81), 1952 NBA Rookie of the Year and 4-time NBA All-Star Mel Hutchins ('51), three-time Olympic medalist and Hall of Famer Krešimir Ćosić, ('73), NBA center Shawn Bradley, and consensus 2011 national college player of the year Jimmer Fredette ('11). BYU also claims notable professional football players including two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young ('84) & J.D. ('96), Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer ('90), and two-time Super Bowl winner Jim McMahon. In golf, BYU alumni include two major championship winners: Johnny Miller ('69) at the 1973 U.S. Open and 1976 British Open and Mike Weir ('92) at the 2003 Masters.
- Walch, Tad (August 4, 2007). "BYU not alone in using motto "Enter to learn"". Deseret News. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2008.
- Nussbaum, Martha. Cultivating Humanity. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-674-17949-8 pp. 290.
- "Campus". About BYU. Brigham Young University. 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
- "Endowment Funds of American Universities". National Center for Education Statistics.
- "Y Facts". BYU.edu. 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
- "College Navigator - Brigham Young University". National Center for Education Statistics. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
- Nimer, Cory (November 24, 2015). "Establishing school colors". Brigham Young University. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- "Primary Colors". Brigham Young University. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
- "Y Facts - Demographics". BYU.edu. 2015. Archived from the original on April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- "Honor Code". Church Educational System. February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
- "BYU Religion Credit Requirements | Religious Education". religion.byu.edu. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- "Brigham Young University Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2006 Executive Summary" (PDF). BYU. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Wave of returning missionaries brings BYU enrollment back up". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- "Chapter 3: Postsecondary Education". Digest of Education Statistics: 2010. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- "Tuition". BYU. Archived from the original on June 8, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Carter, D. Robert (April 24, 2005). "The hall the Cluffs built". The Daily Herald. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
- "BYU: The "almost" college of Draper, Utah". Archived from the original on October 21, 2014.
- "Brigham Young High School History: 1869 to 1903 - The Founding Years". Brigham Young High School. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
- Bills, Sarah (April 16, 2003). "Warren Dusenberry (1875 - 1876)". BYU NewsNet. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012.
- "From 1903 to 1920 ~ A High School Within a University". Brigham Young High School History. Brigham Young High School. 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- Wilkinson, Ernest L. (October 10, 1974). "Highlights in the Ninety-Nine-Year History of BYU". Brigham Young University Press. Archived from the original on August 17, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
- "History". About BYU. BYU.edu. 2007. Archived from the original on September 22, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- "Ernest L. Wilkinson". Presidents. BYU.edu. 2007. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- "Dallin H. Oaks". Presidents. BYU.edu. 2007. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- "Jeffrey R. Holland". Presidents. BYU.edu. 2007. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- "Rex E. Lee". Presidents. BYU.edu. 2007. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- "Rex Lee Run". Archived from the original on July 1, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- "Merrill J. Bateman". Presidents. BYU.edu. 2007. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- Carter, Jane; Marla Sowards (April 16, 2003). "President leaves mark on campus". BYU Newsnet. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2007.
- Bardsley, Ann Jardine (2003). "BYU's Utah Man". Continuum. Utah.edu. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2008.
- Walch, Tad (March 11, 2014). "New BYU president: Kevin Worthen to replace Cecil Samuelson". Deseret News. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
- "Campus". About BYU. BYU.edu. 2007. Archived from the original on March 15, 2009. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
- Owens, Eric (2004), America's Best Value Colleges, New York: The Princeton Review, p. 583, ISBN 0-375-76373-2
- Walch, Tad (June 29, 2005). "Y.'s beauty wows judges". Deseret Morning News. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2006.
- Walch, Tad (October 3, 2005). "New parking lot at BYU won't be ugly expanse". Deseret Morning News. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2006.
- "Library in the News: September 2004". Library in the News. BYU.edu. February 10, 2006. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "History of the Library". Brigham Young University. March 15, 2006. Archived from the original on November 5, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "Kimball Tower". High-rise Buildings. Emporis.
- "Campus Information". Brigham Young University. Retrieved April 7, 2007.
- Knupke, Gene. Profiles of American / Canadian Sports Stadiums and Arenas. S.L.: Xlibris Corporation, 2001. pg. 301 ISBN 1-4134-9823-X
- [dead link]
- Photography by Bradley H. Slade (Spring 2007). "Sunday at School". BYU Magazine. Brigham Young University. pp. 26–31.
- "About the Museum". Brigham Young University Museum of Art. Brigham Young University. September 28, 2006. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "Collections". Museum of Peoples and Cultures. Brigham Young University. July 12, 2008. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
-  Archived June 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Museum Information". BYU Earth Science Museum. Brigham Young University. October 26, 2006. Archived from the original on August 15, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "On Display at the Museum". BYU Earth Science Museum. Brigham Young University. October 26, 2006. Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "Museum Description". Monte L. Bean Museum of Life Science. Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on July 1, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "Facilities". College of Fine Arts and Communications. Brigham Young University. July 27, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- Chamberlin, Sarah (September 30, 2003). "A new home: Helaman Halls construction completed". BYU Newsnet. Archived from the original on October 9, 2003. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "BYU On-Campus Housing: Room Options". October 23, 2007. Archived from the original on December 28, 2007.
- Schaerr, Stephanie (September 5, 2006). "Single Students Move in to Wyview". BYU Newsnet. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "BYU Housing - FLSR Info". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "Wymount Terrace, 1960s". BYU Campus Photographs. Brigham young University. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "Room Options". On-Campus Housing. Brigham young University. Archived from the original on August 22, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- Moss, Michael (May 30, 2007). "Sweet Creams: BYU Creamery a Campus Landmark Since 1949". Archived from the original on September 14, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- Woodland, Mark (July 26, 2006). "Creamery on Ninth declared "Good Neighbor"". BYU Newsnet. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2007.
- "Y Facts - Sustainability". Brigham Young University. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
- "Energy Conservation". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
- "Student Involvement". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
- "BYU Newsnet - Going Toward the Green". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
- Wilkinson, Ernest L., Brigham Young University: The First 100 Years. (Provo: BYU Press, 1975) Vol. 2
- "Administration" (PDF). Brigham Young University. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
- "Academic Organization". About BYU. Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on September 21, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
- "David M. Kennedy Center Home Page". Brigham Young University. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
- "Undergraduate Education". Brigham Young University. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
- "Graduate Studies". Brigham Young University. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
- "Independent Study". Brigham Young University. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
- "Division of Continuing Education". Brigham Young University. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
- Index, honors.byu.edu
- Buchanan, Adam (March 20, 2007). "No Break for BYU Students". BYU Newsnet. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
- "Admission:Entrance Averages". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on November 29, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
- "Brigham Young University–Provo". U.S. News and World Report. 2007. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
- "University of Texas-Austin". U.S. News and World Report. Archived from the original on July 16, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007. In the case of University of Texas-Austin ("UT"), BYU appears to be more selective in some regards, with 27 percent of admitted freshmen having ACT scores over 30, as compared with 23 percent for UT."The University of Texas at Austin". Peterson's. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
- "Ohio State University-Columbus". U.S. News and World Report. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 31, 2007.
- "USnews.com". US News & World Report. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "About BYU - Demographics". BYU.edu. Archived from the original on June 8, 2008. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
- "Honors". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on August 8, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
- "New Program Requirements" (PDF). BYU Honors Program. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "BYU Graduation Honors". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on February 4, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
- "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017: USA". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
- "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. July 5, 2016.
- "Best Colleges 2017: National Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 12, 2016.
- "2016 Rankings - National Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
- "QS World University Rankings® 2018". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "Best Global Universities Rankings: 2017". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
- "Brigham Young University". U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings - 2017. National University Rankings. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
- Avery, Christopher N.; Glickman, Mark E.; Hoxby, Caroline M.; Metrick, Andrew, "A Revealed Preference Ranking of U.S. Colleges and Universities", Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, 128 (1): 425–467, CiteSeerX , doi:10.1093/qje/qjs043
- "Texas State named Best Western College for 2008". Texas State University. Archived from the original on August 4, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "Best 361 College Rankings". The Princeton Review. Retrieved July 12, 2007.
- "Rankings and Recognition". About BYU. Brigham Young University. 2007. Archived from the original on September 21, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "Academic Rankings 2008-2009 BYU.edu". Archived from the original on June 8, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "Academic Rankings 2010-2011 BYU.edu (Provided for more recent info, but different format presented)". Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "Brigham Young University". Classifications. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved July 12, 2007.
- Dill, Kathryn (2014). "The Top 25 Universities To Work For in 2014". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
- Howard, Caroline (February 22, 2016). "The Best College In Every State". Forbes. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
- BusinessWeek (2009). "Business School Rankings & Profiles". The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
- "Best Business Schools". Forbes.com. Forbes LLC. August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
- "Best Business Schools". America's Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
- "Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive Business School Survey". Harris Interactive. Retrieved May 30, 2008.
- "The top full-time US MBA programmes". The Financial Times. Archived from the original on April 8, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
- "2009 Accounting Program Rankings". Public Accounting Report. 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
- "Ranking of undergraduate accounting programs". U.S. News & World Report. 2009. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
- "Ranking of graduate accounting programs". U.S. News & World Report. 2009. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
- "The Top 25 Recruiter Picks". The Wall Street Journal.
- "National report: University of Utah No. 1, BYU No. 3 in tech startup companies". DeseretNews.com. November 30, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "Biography of Philo Taylor Farnsworth". University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2007.
- Harvey Fletcher (June 1982). "My Work with Millikan on the Oil-drop Experiment". Physics Today. 35: 43. doi:10.1063/1.2915126.
- "Y students take first in ad competition". Archived from the original on April 25, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008.
- "L'Oréal National Brandstorm Competition". Archived from the original on June 3, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008.
- Collins, Lois M. (July 31, 2006). "BYU scientists create tool for 'virtual surgery'". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- "Catching up with Former Rhodes Scolars". Retrieved June 13, 2008.
- "BYU Winner Summary". Archived from the original on April 27, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008.
- "The History of BYU Speeches - BYU Speeches". BYU Speeches. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- BYU Speeches
- "Why Use the Brigham Young University English Certification Test?" (PDF). Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "Languages". About BYU. Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on September 22, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "International Study Programs". David M. Kennedy Center. Brigham Young University. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "BYU Number One in Sending Students Abroad". November 16, 2000. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- Terlep, Sharon (November 18, 2002). "MSU is leader in U.S. students studying abroad". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "BYU students will not return to Jerusalem Center this fall". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "About Us". BYU International Cinema. Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "Room Options". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on August 22, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2007.
- "Statement on Academic Freedom at BYU". BYU. September 14, 1992. Archived from the original on February 4, 2007. Retrieved January 11, 2008.
- "Academic Freedom and Tenure" (PDF). American Association of University Professors. September 1, 1997. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
- "The Issue of Academic Freedom: An Interview with Jim Gordon". BYU Magazine. 1997. Retrieved January 11, 2008.
- Cary Nelson (AAUP President), "Praying to the Wrong God" (Subject of massmail message), AAUP Online, 2008 September 23.
- "BYU Ballroom Dance Company". Dance.com. January 20, 2006. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2008.
- Benjamin, Bob (January 20, 2006). "BYU Ballroom Dance". Dance.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Company". Midsummer Arts Faire. Archived from the original on November 21, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Young Ambassadors". BYU. Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- Stephen Connock, The Pilgrim's Progress in Performance, ENO London 2012
- "BYU Bands". BYU. May 11, 2006. Archived from the original on July 11, 2004. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Brigham Young University Men's Chorus". BYU. 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "BYU Concert Choir". BYU. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Tantara Records". Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
- Athletic Department fact sheet Archived September 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Crain, Nate (June 10, 2005). "The Myth of the BYU Missionary Advantage". Scout.com. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- Jackson, Lisa Ann. "Setting things straight". BYU Magazine. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- Tittle, Duff (October 18, 2010). "BYU Swimming and Diving to join the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation". BYUCougars.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
- Rothlisburger, Jen (March 16, 2011). "BYU Announces New Direction for Men's and Women's Track Teams". BYUCougars.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- Tittle, Duff (January 27, 2011). "BYU Softball to Join WAC". BYUCougars.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- "BYU softball to join PCSC" (Press release). BYU Athletics. December 12, 2011. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
- "Fredette completes awards haul". April 6, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- Weiss, Dick (March 17, 2011). "March Madness NCAA Tournament: BYU's Jimmer Fredette, nation's leading scorer, ready for Big Dance". Daily News. New York. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- "Tyler Haws Athlete Profile | The Official Site of BYU Athletics". byucougars.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
- "Kyle Collinsworth Athlete Profile | The Official Site of BYU Athletics". byucougars.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
- BYU Athletics, Extramural Sports at BYU
- Peer, Larry H. "Beethoven's Kiss: On the Odd Reasons for Brigham Young's Excellent University - BYU Speeches". BYU Speeches. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- Maeser, Karl G. "Final Address of Karl G. Maeser, Brigham Young Academy - Speeches". BYU Speeches. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- "Teaching with the Spirit:A Broader Definition" (PDF). Focus on Faculty. Winter 1993. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 28, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- Jr., Hartman Rector. "Go Forth to Serve - Elder Hartman Rector Jr. - BYU Speeches". BYU Speeches. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- Waterman, Bryan; Brian Kagel. "The Lord's University:Freedom and Authority at BYU". Signature Books. Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2008.
- Eyring, Henry B. "A Consecrated Place - Henry B. Eyring - BYU Speeches". BYU Speeches. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- Oaks, Dallin H. "Success at BYU: A Formula - Dallin H. Oaks - BYU Speeches". BYU Speeches. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- Brigham Young University. "The Honor Code". Retrieved May 6, 2007.
Participate regularly in church services
- Brigham Young University. "Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement". Retrieved May 6, 2007.
- "Sunday at School - BYU Magazine". BYU Magazine. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- Bergera, Gary James; Priddis, Ronald (1985). "Chapter 3: Standards & the Honor Code". Brigham Young University: A House of Faith. Salt Lake City: Signature Books. ISBN 0-941214-34-6. OCLC 12963965.
- "Ranking Categories: Demographics - LGBTQ-Unfriendly", Princeton Review College Ranking, The Princeton Review, retrieved April 9, 2012
- Knox, Annie (11 August 2015). "BYU, other Christian schools ranked among the least LGBT-friendly campuses". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- Lee, Ashley (14 September 2016). "BYU added to LGBT organization's "Shame List"". The Daily Universe. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- "LGBT groups urge Big 12 to pass on adding BYU to conference". Fox News. Associated Press. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- Penrod, Sam (22 March 2007). "Gay Advocacy Group Demonstrates at BYU; Two Arrests Made". KSL. LDS Church. Deseret Media. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
- "Dozens Arrested at 'Equality Ride' Protest at BYU". QSaltLake. 15 April 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
- Trotter, Jake (8 August 2016). "LGBT groups: Admitting BYU would be "inconsistent" with Big 12 values". ABC News. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- Trotter, Jake (22 September 2016). "The latest developments in Big 12 expansion". ESPN. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- Drew, Jay (17 October 2016). "BYU athletics: Big 12 presidents say no to expansion, leaving Cougars outside looking in". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- Quinn, D. Michael (1996). Same-Sex Dynamics among Ninceteenth-Century Americans. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0252022050.
- Wilkinson, Ernest (13 Nov 1965). "Make Honor Your Standard". Deseret News: Church News: 11.
We [do not] intend to admit to this campus any homosexuals. ... [I]f any of you have this tendency, ... may I suggest you leave the University immediately .... We do not want others on this campus to be contaminated by your presence.
- O'Donovan, Rocky Connell; Corcoran, Brent (1994). "'The Abominable and Detestable Crime against Nature' A Brief History of Homosexuality and Mormonism, 1840–1980". Multiply and Replenish. Salt Lake City: Signature Books. p. 155. ISBN 1560850507. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
- Smart, Michael (22 March 1997). "BYU Student Poll: Ban Gay Students". The Salt Lake Tribune – via ProQuest Newsstand.
Brigham Young University students who surveyed campus attitudes towards homosexuals say 42 percent of the students questioned believe same-sex oriented students should not be allowed in school, even if they obey its honor code, which prohibits homosexual behavior. ... As part of a project for their English class, Sam Clayton, Dale Franklin and Melanie Dinger conducted the school-approved survey to 420 students in randomly selected classes on campus. ... Almost 80 percent of respondents would not live with a same-sex oriented roommate.
- "BYU clarifies code on homosexuality: Homosexual orientation no longer a violation". The Christian Century. 124 (11): 15. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- "Mormonism: "Do Ask, Do Tell" at BYU". Newsweek. 29 April 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- CNN, Dakin Andone. "BYU changes policy for handling sex assaults". CNN. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
- "BYU's Title IX office, Honor Code office change how they investigate sexual assault – The Daily Universe". universe.byu.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
- Hern, Maria L. La Ganga Dan; ez (2016-04-30). ""You're a sinner": how a Mormon university shames rape victims". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
- "Petition aims to shield sex abuse victims from punishment over Mormon college's honor code". UPI. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
- "BYU's honor code is making victims of sexual assault afraid to tell police". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
- "Utah Police Official Condemns BYU Honor Code in Wake of Sexual Assault Protests: "It Keeps Victims from Coming Forward"". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
- Neugebauer, Cimaron (October 26, 2016). "BYU changes how it reports sexual assaults on campus, effective immediately". KUTV. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
- "Enrollments: Religion Religions represented at BYU, 2001-2012". Y Facts (yfacts.byu.edu). BYU. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05.
- "2008 Best 366 Colleges Rankings". The Princeton Review. 2008. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Study focuses on BYU marriage perceptions". Daily Universe. BYU. April 29, 2005. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- Clark, Natalie (October 3, 2005). "BYU marriage rates higher than national average". Daily Universe. BYU. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 19, 2017. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
- "Provo UT Crime Statistics (2006 Crime Data)". Areaconnect.com. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- Loudenback, Tanza (January 13, 2016). "The 25 safest college campuses in America". Business Insider. Archived from the original on February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- Herald, Shelby Slade and Braley Dodson Daily. "BYU begins selling caffeinated sodas on campus". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
- Twining, Angela (March 12, 2001), "100 Hour Board spices up BYU, answers questions", The Universe
- "About Us", TheBoard.BYU.edu, The 100 Hour Board, retrieved October 29, 2013
- Morgan, Ashley (October 4, 2004), "100 hour board know-it-alls known to nobody", The Universe
- Pierce, Phillip (September 19, 2006), "100-Hour Board Finds New Home", The Universe
- "BYU Broadcasting Building Web Camera". BYU Broadcasting. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "BYU's Universe claims Society of Professional Journalists awards". The Digital Universe. June 23, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "Welcome to BYU Magazine - BYU Magazine". BYU Magazine. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- "Alumni Figures". BYU Alumni Association. Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
- Poll, Richard D. (1994), "Brigham Young University", in Powell, Allan Kent, Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917
- "Ezra Taft Benson". Grandpa Bill's G.A. Pages. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
- Lee, Rex E. "Where Much Is Given: Some Thoughts on Appreciation - BYU Speeches". BYU Speeches. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
- "Kim B. Clark, President". BYU-Idaho. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
- "Michael K. Young". University of Utah. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
- "Paul D. Boyer". Nobel Foundation. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
- Maclaurin, W. Rupert (April 1950). "Patents and Technical Progress--A Study of Television". The Journal of Political Economy. The University of Chicago Press. JSTOR 1826025.
- "In Loving Memory of Harvey Fletcher". Archived from the original on April 28, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
- "Citi Names Gary Crittenden as Chief Financial Officer". Citigroup. Archived from the original on May 3, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "Alumnus Named Citigroup CFO, Marriott School Honored Alumni". www./marriottschool.byu.edu. Archived from the original on December 6, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "Kevin Rollins: Executive Profile". BusinessWeek. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "Sheri Dew: Living the Unexpected Life". Deseret News. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- Huang, Patricia (July 6, 2006). "America's Youngest CEOs". Forbes. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
- "Orson Scott Card bio". Retrieved May 8, 2008.
- "Local Author". Daily Herald. Retrieved May 7, 2008.[permanent dead link]
- "Eclipse Expectations". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on February 23, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "Sharlene Hawkes". Miss America Organization. Archived from the original on November 17, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "Communication Day". BYU-Idaho. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
- Modesti, Kevin (February 2, 2011). "Former 'Family Affair' child actor Johnny Whitaker now has the role of a lifetime". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Johnny Whitaker". NNDB. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
- "Jon Heder and His Wife Have a Girl". People Magazine. Archived from the original on May 24, 2007. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
- Davies, Taylor. "BYU comedy founders to reunite Saturday". A Day in the Life of BYU. BYU's Digital Universe. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
- "Aaron Eckhart". LDS bios. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
- "BRAD RUTTER WINS "JEOPARDY!" BATTLE OF THE DECADES TOURNAMENT, CLAIMS $1 MILLION GRAND PRIZE". Retrieved Nov 29, 2016.
- "LDS Film". Retrieved May 8, 2008.
- "Former "Idol" Releases First Album". BYU NewsNet. Archived from the original on February 9, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
- "Mack Wilberg". Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on November 3, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
- "Thomas S. Monson". LDS Church. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "Neil L. Andersen". Grandpa Bill's GA Pages. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "David A. Bednar". BYU-Idaho. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "News of the Church". LDS Church. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
- "BYU Football – In the Pros". BYU Athletics. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
- "Rick Aguilera". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
- "Danny Ainge". Boston Celtics. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
- "Jimmer Fredette: Bio". National Basketball Association. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
- "Steve Young". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 11, 2008.
- "Richard Zokol". Mike Weir official website. Retrieved May 12, 2008.[permanent dead link]
Media related to Brigham Young University at Wikimedia Commons