Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University (BYU, sometimes referred to colloquially as The Y[10]) 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 University
Former names
Brigham Young Academy (1875–1903)
MottoNo official motto[1]
Unofficial mottoes include:
"The glory of God is intelligence"[2]
"Enter to learn, go forth to serve"[3]
"The world is our campus"[4]
TypePrivate research university
EstablishedOctober 16, 1875; 147 years ago (1875-10-16)
Parent institution
Church Educational System
AccreditationNWCCU
Religious affiliation
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Academic affiliations
Space-grant
Endowment$1.97 billion (2018)[5]
PresidentKevin J Worthen
Academic staff
1,264 full-time, 486 part-time
Administrative staff
1,200 full-time, 900 part-time
Students34,737 (Fall 2021)[6]
Undergraduates31,627 (Fall 2021)[6]
Postgraduates3,110 (Fall 2021)[6]
Location, ,
United States

40°15′3″N 111°38′57″W
CampusMidsize City, 560 acres (2.3 km2)[7]
Other campuses
NewspaperThe Universe
Colors  Navy
  White[8][9]
NicknameCougars
Sporting affiliations
Current: NCAA Division IIndependent, MPSF, WCC
Forthcoming: NCAA D1Big 12, MPSF
MascotCosmo the Cougar
Websitewww.byu.edu

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.[11]

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.[12]


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