About BYU

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University seeks to develop students of trust, faith, intellect and character who posess the abilities and the desire to continue learning and to give of themselves by serving others throughout their lives. Established in 1875, Brigham Young University provides an outstanding education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU is well known for its mature and culturally experienced student body, its world-class teaching and its majestic mountain location. BYU is also recognized for its intense language programs, talented performing arts groups, outstanding business school, amazing sports programs and devotion to combining solid scholarship with the principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.


BYU is in Provo, Utah, a city of approximately 115,000 located 45 miles south of Salt Lake City and 4,560 feet above sea level at the western base of the Wasatch Mountains. Provo sits in the Utah Valley, which offers a beautiful setting for its population of nearly 455,000, with 23-mile-long Utah Lake on the west and 11,750-foot Mount Timpanogos on the east. The university’s approximately 560-acre main campus includes 311 buildings: 95 for academic programs, 59 for administrative and auxiliary services and 157 for housing.

International Reach

Many people and programs enrich BYU’s cultural environment and help make its oft-cited slogan “The World Is Our Campus” a reality for students. Approximately 2,000 international students attend BYU each year. According to a campus survey, 77 percent of the student body – including 85 percent of seniors – speak a second language. Forty-seven percent of students have lived outside of the United States for at least one year, the majority serving international missions for the Church of Jesus Christ. In addition to providing six internationally focused academic majors, BYU’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies also helps more than 1,400 students have a significant international learning experience each year. The university oversees 116 international study programs in 54 countries. International visitors to campus also enrich BYU students’ educational opportunities. Since 1996, the university’s Ambassadorial Lecture Series has brought more than 130 incumbent ambassadors to the United States to speak to students about timely issues facing their countries and the world.