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The mission of Brigham Young University — founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life.
BYU Mission Statement
A BYU education should be spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, leading to lifelong learning and service.
The Aims of a BYU Education

BYU Strategic Objectives

(updated 6/6/2022)

  1. Ensure alignment with the university mission.
    1. Make mission-fit hiring decisions.
    2. Admit students who are committed to the type of education described in the BYU mission and aims and who are willing and eager to learn in an environment of study and faith.
    3. Advance faith-based, high-quality teaching and learning.
    4. Advance student-centered mentoring and scholarship.
    5. Promote a sense of belonging among all members of the campus community consistent with BYU's Statement on Belonging.
    6. Enhance BYU’s position as a leader in topical areas that are “central to the Church’s purposes” (as stated in the BYU mission), including languages and the institutions of family, religion, and constitutional government.
  2. Enhance the educational experience of students.
    1. Pursue the Inspiring Learning Initiative.
    2. Improve access to limited-enrollment programs.
    3. Leverage the strengths of online learning to enhance the student learning experience.
  3. Enlarge the influence of a BYU education.
    1. Increase the number of students receiving a BYU education.
    2. Elevate BYU's unique message to key audiences.

Why BYU?

A world yearning for hope and joy needs a different model of university. At Brigham Young University, belief enhances inquiry, study amplifies faith, and revelation leads to rich understanding. Teaching and research are both valued, and excellence and affordability go hand in hand. As the flagship higher education institution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU strives to be among the exceptional universities in the world and an essential university for the world.

"Light a Candle" message from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to BYU