Provo, UT 84602, Top 100 Universities in USA 2014 – Rank – 55, Brigham Young University In Utah
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602, United States
Brigham Young University (often referred to as BYU or, colloquially, The Y) is a private university located in Provo, Utah, United States. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and, excluding online students, is the largest religious university and one of the largest private universities in the U.S., with 34,000 on-campus students.
Approximately 98% of the university’s 34,000 students are members of the LDS Church, and one-third of its American students come from within the state of Utah. BYU students are required to follow an honor code, which mandates behavior in line with LDS teachings (e.g., academic honesty, adherence to dress and grooming standards, and abstinence from extramarital sex and from the consumption of drugs and alcohol). Many students (78% of men, 10% of women) take a two-year hiatus from their studies at some point to serve as Mormon missionaries. A BYU education is also less expensive than at similar private universities, since “a significant portion” of the cost of operating the university is paid from the church’s tithing funds.
BYU offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, and law. The university is broadly organized into 11 colleges or schools at its main Provo campus, with certain colleges and divisions defining their own admission standards. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City, while its parent organization, theChurch Educational System, sponsors sister schools in Hawaii and Idaho. The university’s primary focus is on undergraduate education, but it also has 68 master’s and 25 doctoral degree programs.
BYU’s athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the BYU Cougars. They are independent in football, with other sports in the West Coast Conference and MPSF, and have won fourteen (athletic) national championships.
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For 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked BYU as No. 62 for national universities in the United States. A 2013 Quarterly Journal of Economics study of where the nation’s top high school students choose to enroll ranked BYU No. 21 in its peer-reviewed study.The Princeton Review has ranked BYU the best value for college in 2007, and its library is consistently ranked in the nation’s top ten—#1 in 2004 and No. 4 in 2007. BYU is also ranked No. 19 in the U.S. News and World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” lineup, and No. 12 in lowest student-incurred debt. Due in part to the school’s emphasis on undergraduate research, in rankings for 2008-2009, BYU was ranked No. 10 nationally for the number of students who go on to earn PhDs, No. 1 nationally for students who go on to dental school, No. 6 nationally for students who go on to law school, and No. 10 nationally for students who go on to medical school. BYU is designated as a research university with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
In 2009, the university’s Marriott School of Management received a No. 5 ranking by BusinessWeek for its undergraduate programs, and its MBA program was ranked by several sources: #22 ranking by BusinessWeek, #16 by Forbes, and No. 29 by U.S. News & World Report. Among regional schools the MBA program was ranked No. 1 by The Wall Street Journal’s most recent ranking (2007), and it was ranked No. 92 among business schools worldwide in 2009 by Financial Times. For 2009, the university’sSchool of Accountancy, which is housed within the Marriott School, received two No. 3 rankings for its undergraduate program—one by Public Accounting Report and the other byU.S. News & World Report. The same two reporting agencies also ranked the school’s MAcc program No. 3 and No. 8 in the nation, respectively. In 2010, an article in the Wall Street Journal listing institutions whose graduates were the top-rated by recruiters ranked BYU #11. Using 2010 fiscal year data, the Association of University Technology Managers ranked BYU #3 in an evaluation of universities creating the most startup companies through campus research.