Brigham Young University-Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho is a private, four-year university affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guided by that affiliation, BYU-Idaho seeks to create a wholesome learning environment in which students can strengthen their commitment to their faith and receive a quality education that prepares them for leadership in the home, the community, and the workplace.

Brigham Young University-Idaho was founded and is supported and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its mission is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who are leaders in their homes, the Church, and their communities. The university does this by:

  • Building testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging living its principles.
  • Providing a quality education for students of diverse interests and abilities.
  • Preparing students for lifelong learning, for employment, and for their roles as citizens and parents.
  • Maintaining a wholesome academic, cultural, social, and spiritual environment.
  • BYU-Idaho’s strong sense of purpose is shaped by the insight and direction of visionary leaders. Through the inspiration that comes to BYU-Idaho presidents and leaders of our sponsoring institution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we receive the guidance that helps us understand our mission and what we must do to make it a reality.


The BYU-Idaho story begins on a cold November day in 1888, when Latter-day Saint pioneers in the newly settled town of Rexburg gathered for the opening of a new academy. Bannock Stake Academy, as it was first known, grew and matured over the ensuing decades. Its curriculum and name changed more than once. It forged ahead through uncertainty and difficulty to become Ricks College, the venerable institution that laid the foundation for BYU-Idaho.



  • November 12, 1888


  • Rexburg, Idaho
  • Local population of 28,000 in the agriculturally rich Snake River Valley of eastern Idaho
  • Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson Hole all within close driving distance


  • Approximately 16,000 students each semester
  • Approximately 22,000 online students each semester (including Pathway students)
  • Largest private university in Idaho

Student Body

  • All 50 states and nearly 100 countries represented


  • Over 40 major buildings on 400 acres

Academic Offerings

  • 25 associate degrees and more than 100 bachelor’s degrees
  • Seven colleges and 33 departments
  • Six online associate degrees
  • 11 online bachelor’s degrees
  • Over 300 online courses

Academic Calendar

  • Three, 14-week semesters: Fall, Winter, and Spring, and one, 7-week Summer Session
  • Each student admitted to a track comprised of two semesters
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