Brigham Young University
A range of international exchange programs.
Brigham Young University (BYU) is an American private research university in Provo, Utah. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and its primary emphasis is on providing spiritual education to its students. BYU was established in 1875 under the name Brigham Young Academy and is today one of the largest universities in the country. It is also Utah's oldest university and has been recognized as one of the top-ranked universities in the nation.
The school has an enrollment of more than 33,000 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries. BYU offers a wide range of degree programs including baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs in humanities, science and engineering, and law. It also offers specialized study options such as the BYU Honors Program, and a range of international exchange programs.
BYU is home to nationally ranked athletic teams known as the Cougars. The school's sports teams compete at Division I level in the NCAA and have won several national championships. The school is also known for its strong academic performance, with the graduation rate ranked consistently among the highest in the country. Students at BYU are given numerous opportunities to engage in research activities, internships, and service projects that further enhance their learning experience.
In addition to academics, students can participate in a variety of clubs and organizations, such as student government, religious groups, intramural sports teams, and professional associations. BYU is also the home to several world-class performing arts organizations including the Brigham Young University Symphony Orchestra and Brigham Young University Singers.
BYU was founded by a group of Latter-day Saints from Ogden, Utah. The school moved to its current location in Provo in 1877 and was initially named Brigham Young Academy (BYA). In the early 1900s, the name was changed to Brigham Young University (BYU) in honor of its founder.
The university has grown significantly since its humble beginnings and now offers more than 400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in a wide range of areas. In addition to providing high-quality educational opportunities for students, BYU promotes spiritual growth through activities such as daily devotionals, weekly devotional services, and multiple faith-based service projects.