Facts & Figures
Students come from all over the world to study at Brigham Young University. Nearly 150 years after its humble beginnings, this church-sponsored institution has become one of the largest private universities in the United States. Nestled at the foot of the towering Wasatch Mountains in Provo, Utah, BYU’s 738-acre campus is home to more than 35,000 students who come from 105 countries and every state in the United States.
Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU is primarily an undergraduate institution, offering 198 major programs and 113 minor programs. But it also provides excellent opportunities for graduate degrees, offering 96 master’s and 30 doctoral programs. BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School and Marriott School of Business are both Top 30 schools and host many of the top-ranked programs in the United States, including the No. 2 accounting program. BYU comes in at No. 20 overall in the 2024 Best Colleges in America rankings from The Wall Street Journal, joining the likes of Princeton, MIT, Yale, Stanford and Harvard in the top 25.
BYU students view the world as their campus and many take advantage of the 200+ international study abroad programs that are offered throughout 60 countries. More than 2,000 students participate in study abroad programs annually, making BYU one of the Top 20 study abroad programs in the country. BYU also boasts one of the top foreign language study programs in the country, with students speaking 121 languages. More than 60 percent speak a second language.
Amidst BYU’s growth, there has remained a constant thread. Dedicated faculty, staff and students embrace a vision of learning, in which academics and faith go hand in hand and the ultimate goal is to help students develop their full divine potential as children of God.
Enrollment Profile (Fall 2023)
- 34,937: total daytime students
- 32,095: undergraduate students
- 2,842: graduate students
- 51% female; 49% male
- 58.5% single; 19.8% married; 21.7% unknown
- 198 undergraduate majors
- 113 undergraduate minors
- 96 master's programs
- 30 doctoral programs
Degrees Granted (2021–2022)
- Bachelor's degrees: 6,406
- Master's degrees: 1,128
- Doctoral degrees: 233
- Total degrees: 7,767
- Alumni with degrees: 363,333
- Total living alumni: 449,197
Top States Represented
- Utah: 36%
- California: 12%
- Arizona: 7%
- Texas: 6%
- Idaho: 6%
- No. 1: Graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in business admin (NSF)
- No. 2: Best actuarial science programs (Best Colleges)
- No. 2: Graduates with the least amount of debt (U.S. News)
- No. 3: Graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in foreign language (NSF)
- No. 3: Producer of foreign language degrees (Chronicle of Higher Ed.)
- No. 3: Undergraduate accounting program (U.S. News)
- No. 3: Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars (U.S. State Department)
- No. 4: Best college for student academic engagement (Wall Street Journal)
- No. 4: Master of accounting program (U.S. News)
- No. 4: Best university for technology transfer (Milken Institute)
- No. 8: Graduates who go on to earn Ph.Ds. (NSF)
- No. 11: Best value school (U.S. News)
- No. 23: Best law school (U.S. News)
- No. 36: Best full-time MBA program (U.S. News)
- As announced by President Kevin J Worthen in August 2021, BYU opened the Office of Belonging in the fall of 2022. The office, led by VP of Belonging Carl Hernandez III, focuses on helping BYU achieve a community of belonging for all students and employees, as outlined in the university’s new statement of belonging.
- With the assistance of the BYU Alumni Association, the university hosted service tailgates at each away football game in the fall of 2022. Projects included collecting diapers and children’s clothing for refugee groups in Portland and Eugene Oregon and a book drive to benefit children in need in Central Virginia. The service tailgates will continue as BYU begins to play in the Big 12 in the fall of 2023.
- In early 2023, BYU opened the newly constructed Music Building. The 170,000-square-foot building has four levels and features more midsized spaces for practice and recitals, including practice rooms located on the upper floor. The cornerstone of the new building is a 1000-seat concert hall built in the vineyard style. BYU also announced in 2022 the construction of a new Arts Building to replace the Harris Fine Arts Center.
- Applicants: 11,709
- Transfer applicants: 2,420
- Total applicants: 14,129
- Freshman acceptance rate: 66%
- Transfer acceptance rate: 64%
- Latter-day Saint:
- Undergraduate: $3,248 per semester
- Graduate: $4,084 per semester
- Law/Business schools: $7,538 per semester
- Non Latter-day Saint:
- Undergraduate: $6,496 per semester
- Graduate: $8,168 per semester
- Law/Business schools: $15,076 per semester
The percentage of those enrolled, full-time students at the institution who received a Federal Pell Grant in the 2022-2023 year: 29.83%.
Student Ethnicity (self-identified)
- Caucasian: 81%
- Hispanic or Latino: 9%
- Two or more races: 4.5%
- Asian: 3%
- Pacific Islander: 1%
- Black: 1%
- American Indian: <1%
- Number of international students: 1,241
- Countries represented: 102
- Top three nations represented: Canada, Mexico, South Korea
World Languages at BYU
- 60+% of students speak a second language
- 121 languages spoken on campus
- 73 languages taught regularly
- 21 language certifications offered
- 204 study abroad programs in 61 countries
- 2,339 students studied abroad in 2021–2022
- 258 ambassadors to the United States from 104 countries have spoken on campus since 1996
- 10 languages offered in foreign language student housing
Cougar Athletics Highlights
- BYU Athletics finished No. 3 in the nation in Director’s Cup Fall 2022.
- BYU finished in the Top-5 of the Fall Director’s Cup standings for the 4th consecutive year.
- BYU becomes a new member of the Big 12 Conference starting in Fall 2023.
- Women’s Soccer reached the Sweet 16 in back-to-back years and finished ranked No. 14.
- Both Men and Women’s Cross Country teams finished in the Top 10.
- BYU Football finished the final season of independence by winning their bowl game in dramatic fashion over SMU. BYU Football won 99 games over 12 years of independence.