Brigham Young University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Brigham Young University is a private research university with an acceptance rate of 65%. Located in Provo, Utah, BYU has over 33,000 students and offers 179 undergraduate majors. Brigham Young is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a large percentage of students do missionary work during their college years. In athletics, the BYU Cougars compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Considering applying to BYU? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Brigham Young University had an acceptance rate of 65%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 65 were admitted, making BYU's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 11,784
Percent Admitted 65%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 78%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Brigham Young University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 28% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 710
Math 590 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of BYU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Brigham Young scored between 600 and 710, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 710, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 710. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1420 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at BYU.

Requirements

Brigham Young does not require the SAT writing section. Note that BYU does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered. BYU does not require SAT Subject test scores.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Brigham Young University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 90% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 34
Math 26 30
Composite 26 31

This admissions data tells us that most of BYU's admitted students fall with the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Brigham Young received a composite ACT score between 26 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Note that BYU does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Brigham Young University does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming BYU freshman was 3.86. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Brigham Young University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Brigham Young University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Brigham Young University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Brigham Young University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Brigham Young University, which accepts two-thirds of applicants, is somewhat selective. BYU has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. They are looking for students who will excel in four main areas: spiritual, intellectual, character building, and lifelong learning and service. BYU also requires every applicant to have an ecclesiastical endorsement. An important part of BYU's admissions process are the personal essays as a demonstration of leadership, special talents, creativity, and the applicant's writing ability.