10.1 Online Certificates and Degrees
PathwayConnect students who are interested in furthering their education by obtaining a BYU-Idaho professional certificate, associate degree, and/or bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply for admission into the Online Certificates and Degrees program or for on-campus study. Questions may be directed to BYU-Pathway Support.
Applications must be submitted through byupathway.org/admissions/degrees. PathwayConnect students may apply for admission to the Online Certificates and Degrees program during their third semester of PathwayConnect.
Students applying for the BYU-Idaho online degree program will not pay an application fee but will be charged a one-time fee when registering for courses for the first time.
Individuals applying for on-campus study are required to pay an application fee.
In order for PathwayConnect students to be eligible for admission to the Online Certificates and Degrees program, receive ongoing tuition benefits, and have the TOEFL requirement waived, they must meet the following requirements:
- Receive a passing grade in all academic courses listed within one of the following course combinations:
- PC 101/101L, PC 102/102L, PC 103/103L
- GS 120/120L, MAT 100/100L, ENG 106/106L
- GS 120/120L, PC 102/102L, PC 103/103L
- PC 101/101L, MATH 100/100L, ENG 106/106L
- GS 120/120L, MATH 100/100L or ENG 106/106L, PC 102/102L
- Have a 3.0 (B average) or higher program GPA (the program GPA only factors in the academic courses and not any religion or certificate courses)
- Owe no outstanding PathwayConnect tuition
Applying During 3rd Semester
For students who apply during the third semester of PathwayConnect (while taking PC 103/103L), admissibility will be based on the combined GPA for PC 101/101L and PC 102/102L.
Did Not Complete PathwayConnect
Although the initial admission decision will not be based upon additional PathwayConnect requirements such as religion and introductory certificate courses, the expectation is that an admitted student will successfully complete the PathwayConnect program. Failure to do so may result in a revision or cancellation of admission to BYU-Idaho’s online degree program.
Applicants to any of BYU-Idaho’s certificate or degree programs are required to obtain an ecclesiastical endorsement as part of the application process.
High School Diploma
Students who complete PathwayConnect with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 ( a B average) or higher are not required to have a high school diploma or its equivalent to apply to the Online Certificates and Degrees program. However, a high school diploma or equivalent is required in order to apply for federal financial aid (applies to U.S. students only).
Those applying for on-campus study must call the BYU-Idaho Admissions Office and explain that they are PathwayConnect students in order to have this requirement waived.
PathwayConnect students applying for on-campus study are subject to BYU-Idaho’s English proficiency requirements for campus students.
PathwayConnect students are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) to be considered for admission to BYU-Idaho.
Those applying for on-campus study will need to call the BYU-Idaho Admissions Office and explain that they are PathwayConnect students in order to have this requirement waived.
Students applying to the BYU-Idaho online degree program should comply with recommended application deadlines (March 1 for spring applicants, August 1 for fall applicants, and December 1 for winter applicants). Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Students applying for on-campus study should comply with established application deadlines (February 1 for spring and fall applicants and October 1 for winter applicants). Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Students who matriculate into BYU-Idaho’s online degree program will continue to pay the PathwayConnect tuition rate for the duration of their education (the price per credit may increase annually). However, additional fees for textbooks and/or other course materials will apply.
International matriculated students paying less than $46 per credit are eligible for the flat-rate materials program, which provides textbooks at only 10 percent of their total tuition that semester.
Students must pay the 10% textbook fee every semester, even if they don’t need textbooks for a specific semester. Course materials and software are not included in this 10 percent for textbooks.
PathwayConnect students in the United States must have a high school diploma or equivalent to be eligible for federal financial aid. International students do not qualify for any type of U.S. federal financial aid.
PathwayConnect students who matriculate to campus are subject to the standard campus tuition rate (tuition may increase annually).
PathwayConnect graduates who are U.S. citizens with a valid social security number must have a high school diploma or equivalent to be eligible for federal financial aid. International students do not qualify for any type of U.S. federal financial aid.
Students accepted for on-campus study will receive advising help from BYU-Idaho’s Academic Advising.
Applicants must submit all transcripts from previous colleges in the United States as part of the application to BYU-Idaho (see 10.1.7 PathwayConnect Credits to BYU-Idaho and 10.1.8 Institute Credits to BYU-Idaho). For additional information about transfer credits, applicants may visit www.byui.edu/transfer-evaluation.
Applicants for the BYU-Idaho online degree program are not required to submit college transcripts from a foreign institution unless they want their credit evaluated for transferability.
Applicants for the BYU-Idaho on-campus program are required to submit college transcripts from foreign institutions.
Students who have international transcripts and would like to have them evaluated must do so through the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) at www.ierf.org. Students send their transcripts to IERF, which then translates and evaluates the transcripts and sends them to BYU-Idaho. Students should request a “Detail Report.” Students may add the evaluated transcripts to their records at a later date.
Due to the cost involved, it is also important for students to know that unlike domestic transcripts, international classes that do not have a direct BYU-Idaho equivalency are not accepted as elective credit.
All PathwayConnect course credits as indicated on an official PathwayConnect transcript will be counted as transfer credit to BYU-Idaho. PC 101, PC 101L, PC 102, PC 102L, PC 103, PC 103L, and Institute Book of Mormon transfer as elective credit; while RELPC 121C, RELPC 122C, RELPC 250C, RELPC 200C, AND RELPC 275C transfer as religion credit. Institute credits must be transferred to BYU-Idaho by each local institute. In order for an institute course to count as credit-bearing, it must be taken for credit.
Credits obtained from other colleges may be transferable to BYU-Idaho. However, official transfer credit evaluation does not occur until after a student is admitted to BYU-Idaho. Students interested in seeing how their previous course credits may transfer to BYU-Idaho can use the university’s transfer credit tool.
Institute courses taken “for credit” that a) have a letter grade (A through C-) or pass (P) grade and b) have a direct equivalent to a BYU-Idaho religion course will be accepted as transfer credit to fulfill BYU-Idaho graduation requirements, but institute courses do not impact the student’s BYU-Idaho GPA.
BYU-Idaho considers evaluation of transferrable institute course credits only with an official institute of religion transcript. Official transcripts can be submitted via email or through the postal service.
Official transcripts must come directly from an ldschurch.org email address of an institute instructor, secretary, or coordinator. Students may not submit transcripts. Emailed official transcripts should be sent to email@example.com after final grades have posted. The emailed transcript should be in the CES Transcript format, not the Institute Report Card format. A separate transcript for each student is required. (Note: Other schools in the Church Education System currently do not accept institute transcripts via email.)
Official transcripts must be signed by an institute coordinator or an authorized representative and submitted in a sealed envelope. BYU-Idaho will not evaluate transcripts submitted via fax or any other method deemed unsecure by the university. Multiple transcripts from the same institute can be sent in the same envelope. Transcripts only need to be submitted once to BYU-Idaho.
To ensure timely processing, mailed official transcripts should be sent to the BYU-Idaho Admissions Office immediately after final grades are posted. Typical processing time is 2–6 weeks from the time the transcript is received to appearance on the student’s BYU-Idaho transcript. Transcripts should be sent to Brigham Young University-Idaho, Admissions Office, 120 Kimball Building, Rexburg, ID 83460-1615.
Institute courses will not appear on a student’s unofficial BYU-Idaho transcript unless the student requests that the institute send the transcript to BYU-Idaho Admissions. This is done after the student completes PathwayConnect.
Any questions regarding the process of sending official transcripts to BYU-Idaho can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.