Located in Rexburg, Idaho, Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho) is a private university that focuses on undergraduate education. Founded in 1888 as Ricks College, BYU-Idaho became a university in 2001. Like its sister schools in Hawai’i and Utah, BYU-Idaho is run by the Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The University offers a liberal arts education that includes the sciences, engineering, agriculture, management, and performing arts. And it operates under a three-semester system that is referred to as “tracks.”
The University’s seven colleges (Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business and Communication, Education and Human Development, Foundations and Interdisciplinary Studies, Language and Letters, Performing and Visual Arts, and Physical Sciences and Engineering) offers 18 associate and over 70 bachelor’s degree programs. With a student population of over 43,000, BYU-Idaho has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25:1. The University’s popular majors include
- Health Professions
- Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Almost 99 percent of students are members of the LDS Church. All students are required to adhere to an honor code that mandates rules regarding chastity, dress, grooming, drugs and alcohol in addition to academic honesty. And a significant number of students will take a break from their study (18 months for women, 24 months for men) to serve as volunteer missionaries worldwide.