What is the Application Process?
You may apply to and begin the BGS Program at any time during the year. There are no application deadlines per se; however, if you want to attend classes at the Salt Lake Center, Evening Classes, or on campus during spring or summer terms, please note the formal admission deadlines as outlined in “Meeting Admission Deadlines for Attending Classes”.
The application and admission process does take some time. The process is as follows:
Submitting the Application
The application form can be printed from the BGS website. Do the following:
Fill in all the requested information on the application.
Send the application form along with the $35 nonrefundable BGS application fee to the BGS office.
Submit any necessary letters of explanation as indicated on the application form.
If your BYU records are under a former name, submit a photocopy of your driver’s license, marriage certificate, passport, or Social Security card showing your current name with your application. If you are unsure about the name on your BYU record, please call the BGS office prior to submitting your application.
Prepare your portion of the ecclesiastical endorsement. The online ecclesiastical endorsement can be found at endorse.byu.edu. Click on "Student" to begin. After completing your portion of the online ecclesiastical endorsement, you must be interviewed by your LDS bishop or branch president, and by a member of your current stake or district presidency before these leaders can complete your endorsement online. Non-LDS applicants must be interviewed by an LDS bishop or the BYU Chaplain. Please contact BGS if help is needed in locating a bishop.
Ensure that official transcripts of all prior university credits that have not already been posted to your BYU record are sent directly by your previous college/university (not by you) to—
Bachelor of General Studies
Brigham Young University
315 Harman Continuing Education Building
Provo, UT 84602-1515
Note: Any current work at other colleges/universities must be completed before applying to the BGS Program.
Student Commitment and Ecclesiastical Endorsement
Brigham Young University, including the Bachelor of General Studies Program, exists to provide an education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That atmosphere is created and preserved through commitment to conduct that reflects those ideals and principles. To that end, each student is required to submit the Student Commitment and Confidential Report (also known as the “Ecclesiastical Endorsement”).
Any applicant who is or ever has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints must submit the endorsement, filled out online at endorse.byu.edu and completed by the applicant’s LDS bishop or branch president and by a member of their current stake or district presidency after an interview with them. The endorsement certifies that the applicant is in good standing in the Church and demonstrates in daily living, both on and off campus, his or her commitment to the BYU Honor Code and all moral virtues encompassed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ including regular church attendance.
Applicants who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must maintain the same standards of conduct as Church members, except church attendance. Non-LDS applicants must obtain an ecclesiastical endorsement by interviewing with their local ecclesiastical leader if they are an active member of the congregation or the bishop of the LDS ward in which they currently reside, and the nondenominational BYU chaplain, 3490 WSC, BYU, Provo, UT 84602, 801-422-2293. Please contact BGS if help is needed in locating a bishop. The stake president interview is not required.
Unless granted an exception, an applicant who is currently excommunicated, disfellowshipped, or disaffiliated from the Church is not admissible until reinstated to full fellowship in the Church. Also, unless granted an exception, an applicant who is on probation with the Church or who otherwise lacks an ecclesiastical endorsement is not admissible until the issue giving rise to the probation or lack of ecclesiastical endorsement is resolved with the applicant’s authorized ecclesiastical leader. Applicants seeking an exception to this policy must complete an Application for Exception to Policy form available from the executive director of Student Academic and Advisement Services (SAAS). The university ultimately reserves the right to make the admission decision.
As an admitted BGS student, you will need to have an annual renewal of the ecclesiastical endorsement at endorse.byu.edu. Should the endorsement not be renewed or if it is withdrawn for any reason, you will be discontinued from the BGS program. The Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement is due annually, following formal admission to the BGS program.
For more information, see university admission policy.
Excerpts from the Brigham Young University Honor Code
The full text of the BYU Honor Code may be accessed at honorcode.byu.edu. As a matter of personal commitment, students of Brigham Young University seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will
- Be honest
- Live a chaste and virtuous life
- Obey the law and all campus policies
- Use clean language
- Respect others
- Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
- Participate regularly in church services
- Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
- Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the BYU Honor Code
Applicants who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are expected to maintain the same standards of conduct, except church attendance.
Dress and Grooming Standards
The dress and grooming standards of both men and women should always be modest, neat, and clean and consistent with the dignity adherent to representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and any of its institutions of higher education. Modesty and cleanliness are important values that reflect personal dignity and integrity, through which students represent the principles and standards of the Church. Members of the BYU community commit themselves to observe these standards, which reflect the direction of the Board of Trustees and the Church publication, For the Strength of Youth.
Academic Honesty Policy
BYU students should seek to be totally honest in their dealings with others. They should complete their own work and be evaluated based upon that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.
BYU Net ID
As part of the BGS application process, you will need to have a BYU Net ID (unique personal network identifier) and password. To complete the online ecclesiastical endorsement, all applicants need to have a Net ID to log in. As students, you will use your BYU Net ID and password for a number of interactions with BYU. This important combination will help you register for classes, pay tuition, check your grades, change your address, access MyMAP, sign up for Independent Study classes, and perform a number of other functions dealing with personal information.
Contact the BGS office if you need help with creating or retrieving your Net ID username and password. Your BYU Net ID is valid for the entire life of your relationship with BYU. It is critical that you do not create a new identity or you will have multiple BYU records that will not tie together.
Mission of Brigham Young University
The mission of Brigham Young University is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life. In support of this mission, programs offered by BYU, including the bachelor of general studies degree, seek to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. Doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are woven throughout the entire curriculum as well as studied in depth in the required religious education courses.