Brigham Young University

private research university in Provo, Utah, United States

Brigham Young University (BYU) is an American university. It is named after the second Latter-day Saints prophet, Brigham Young. The school is in Provo, Utah. Their team colors are royal blue and white.[1] Their mascot is the cougar.[2] Their rivals are University of Utah.[3] Brigham Young University (BYU) is often called “The Y” and is a private research university. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) owns and runs the school. It is the biggest church school and third biggest private university in the United States with 33,511 students.[4] About 99 percent of the students are part of the LDS Church, and 32% of them are from Utah.[4] BYU students have to live an honor code, a set of rules on behavior. They must be honest in their work, follow dress rules, have no sex outside of marriage, and not take illegal drugs or drink alcohol.[5] 66% of students (88 percent of men, 39 percent of women) start school late or take a break from school to be Mormon missionaries.[6][7] It is cheaper to study at BYU than at other private universities[8] because most of the cost of attending BYU is paid for by the LDS church.[9]

Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University medallion.svg
Brigham Young University Seal
Academic affiliations
LDS Church, West Coast Conference
Endowment$1.4 billion
PresidentKevin J. Worthen
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
ColorsDark blue  
white   light brown  
AthleticsNCAA Division I FBS
MascotCosmo the Cougar

BYU has many topics to study. This includes liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, physical science and mathematical sciences, nursing, and law. The university is grouped into 11 smaller parts that create their own rules on how to be allowed to study a topic. The university also has two satellite campuses(a small part of the campus that is far away from the rest of the campus), one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City. The main university is run by the Church Educational System (CES), and also runs two other schools in Hawaii and Idaho. The main focus of the school is on undergraduate education, with 187 undergraduate majors and 110 undergraduate minors, but it also has 88 masters and 32 doctoral degree programs.[4]

BYU’s sports teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the BYU Cougars. Their football teem is a NCAA Division I independent. BYU's other sports teams play in the West Coast Conference or the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. BYU’s sports teams have won fourteen national championships. In September 2021, BYU announced they would be joining the Big 12 Conference for all sports starting in Fall 2023.


  1. "Color - Brand". Brigham Young University. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Cosmo | The Official Site of BYU Athletics". Archived from the original on 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  3. Rock, Brad (2004-05-26). "Brad Rock: Heated Utah and BYU rivalry started with a brawl in 1895". Archived from the original on 2018-09-22. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Facts & Figures". BYU Home Site. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  5. "Honor Code". Church Educational System. February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  6. "Brigham Young University Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2006 Executive Summary" (PDF). BYU. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  7. "Wave of returning missionaries brings BYU enrollment back up". Brigham Young University. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  8. "Chapter 3: Postsecondary Education". Digest of Education Statistics: 2010. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  9. "Tuition". BYU. Archived from the original on June 8, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2012.