Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University (BYU, sometimes referred to colloquially as The Y) is a private research university in Provo, Utah. It was founded in 1875 by religious leader Brigham Young and is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
|Brigham Young Academy (1875–1903)|
|Motto||No official motto|
Unofficial mottoes include:
"The glory of God is intelligence"
"Enter to learn, go forth to serve"
"The world is our campus"
|Type||Private research university|
|Established||October 16, 1875|
|Church Educational System|
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Endowment||$1.97 billion (2018)|
|President||Kevin J Worthen|
|1,264 full-time, 486 part-time|
|1,200 full-time, 900 part-time|
|Students||34,737 (Fall 2021)|
|Undergraduates||31,627 (Fall 2021)|
|Postgraduates||3,110 (Fall 2021)|
|Campus||Midsize City, 560 acres (2.3 km2)|
|Current: NCAA Division I – Independent, MPSF, WCC|
Forthcoming: NCAA D1 – Big 12, MPSF
|Mascot||Cosmo the Cougar|
BYU offers a variety of academic programs including those in the liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, physical and mathematical sciences, nursing, and law. It has 186 undergraduate majors, 64 master's programs, and 26 doctoral programs. It is broadly organized into 11 colleges or schools at its main Provo campus, with some 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. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Almost all BYU students are members of the LDS Church. Students attending BYU agree to follow an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with teachings of the church, such as academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, abstinence from extramarital sex, from same-sex romantic behavior, and from the consumption of alcohol and other drugs. Undergraduate students are also required to complete curriculum in LDS religious education for graduation regardless of their course of study. Due in part to the church's emphasis on missionary service, nearly 50% of BYU students have lived outside the United States, 65% speak a second language, and 63 languages are taught at the university regularly.
BYU's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the BYU Cougars. Their football team is a D1 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 12 NCAA championships and 26 non-NCAA championships. On September 10, 2021, BYU formally accepted an invitation to the Big 12 Conference and will start participating in the conference in the 2023–24 school year.