Brigham Young, founder of BYU and then-president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, decreed that all secular learning at the institution be fused with teachings from the scriptures. On October 16, 1875, Brigham Young Academy was established. As a result of Brigham Young’s prophetic charge, the BYU atmosphere continues to foster complementary learning of both academic and spiritual knowledge. Representing all 50 states and more than 100 different countries, our campus is filled with a unique variety of cultures, experiences, and perspectives. Located in Provo, Utah, the BYU campus covers more than 560 acres and includes 311 buildings. Visitors to BYU are frequently impressed by the campus’s beauty and cleanliness. With the magestic Wasatch mountain range as a backdrop, it’s no wonder students from all over the world are attracted to this unique environment.
BYU has a student population that spans the globe. Approximately 1,700 international students attend the university, representing cultures from almost every continent. Nearly 70% of students speak a language in addition to their native tongue. In total, BYU students speak 111 languages.*
Not only did U.S. News & World Report list BYU as a top 20 “best value” school in 2011, but its yearly tuition is more than $20,000 less than the national average for private institutions. This affordable rate is possible because of financial support from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The low cost of tuition does not come at the expense of a higher-quality education; BYU maintains its distinguished reputation because of its reasonable expenses combined with its high caliber of education.