One of the most difficult days for the BYU Admission Office is the day we release admission notifications, knowing that not everyone was accepted. It's understandably more disappointing for those receiving the news that their application was not successful. We offer the following Frequently Asked Questions to those not offered admission to provide some context into the decision, and to supply direction for a future application. We've modified our list slightly for your use as a high school counselor.
Please note: BYU-Idaho is still accepting admission applications from students who did not originally apply, but who were not admitted to BYU. You can encourage your students to apply to BYU-Idaho this week, but this accommodation will only be offered on a short-term basis.
Why wasn't my student offered admission?
BYU has more qualified applicants than it can accept. Unfortunately, we are unable to admit all those who would likely do well at BYU. Each application is given a thorough, holistic review wherein leadership and service experiences, GPA, ACT/SAT, course selection, quality of coursework, church and seminary involvement, extracurricular activities, and other similar factors are closely evaluated. It is difficult to say that any one factor on its own is responsible for a decision to deny an applicant, especially since every application is reviewed multiple times by members of various review committees. Admission personnel are not in a position to release specific details regarding admission decisions.
Is there an appeal process or a wait list for denied applicants?
No, admission decisions are final. There is no appeal or wait list.
I know one student who had a lower GPA or ACT score that was admitted while another was denied. How did this happen?
We acknowledge that this may be frustrating. However, our detailed review considers a lot more than just test scores. Only the Admission Committee is aware of all the information submitted by a potential student and it weighs all factors when making decisions.
Are there quotas for certain groups or segments of the population?
No. BYU does not use a quota system of any kind. Each applicant is reviewed based on his or her individual merits. There are no quotas for geographic location, race, ethnicity, family alumni status, or similar factors.
Does a denial from BYU mean my student is denied from the other CES schools?
Each Church Educational System (CES) school makes admission decisions independently. This notification only relates to the Provo campus. If students have applied to another CES school, they will receive additional notification from that school.
If a student switches the application to a different entry date, will he/she be reconsidered?
Unfortunately, the switch to another entry date will not increase students' chances of admission. The admission criteria for all other entry dates are identical to the criteria for fall semester. The BYU Admission Committee would have automatically offered admission to another entry date if that were an option.
What are my student's options for BYU in the future?
Students may apply as a transfer student after completing 24 graded semester credit hours (36 quarter hours) at another accredited college or university. These credits must be completed by the application deadline, which usually takes at least one full academic year. Credit hours earned through the BYU Spring/Summer Visiting Student Program (explained below) will count toward this total. Each application is given a thorough, holistic review wherein the ecclesiastical endorsement, leadership experiences, GPA, course selection, quality of coursework, LDS institute of religion involvement, academic goals, and other similar factors are closely evaluated. Be aware that if students accumulate 90 or more semester credit hours, admission as a transfer student is unlikely. In this case it would generally be better to finish a degree at the original institution, as opposed to trying to finish at BYU.
What about the BYU Spring/Summer Visiting Student program?
Many students are able to attend BYU for spring and/or summer term through the Spring/Summer Visiting Student Program. For admission to this program, in addition to completing the ecclesiastical endorsement, students should have a composite ACT score of 18 or higher and at least a 2.5 GPA on all high school and college work. To apply, return to the School Selection portion of the online application (found in parts 1 and 2) and change the entry date to spring or summer, applicant type to Visiting Student, and the major to Visiting Student. Students will receive an email notification when an admission decision has been reached. Please note that participation in the Visiting Student Program will not lead to regular admission for the subsequent fall semester. For program details, please visit https://admissions.byu.edu/visiting-student-program