2.2 Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order to participate in PathwayConnect:

  • Be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Be a) at least 17 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent or, b) age 19+ (see 2.2.2 Minimum Age Eligibility).
  • Attend a weekly gathering every Thursday evening (see 5.0 Gatherings).
  • Have daily access to a computer with high-speed Internet, a web cam, and a microphone connected to a computer.
  • Be capable of succeeding in entry-level college academic work in English. Post-secondary disability accommodations may be available to those who request and qualify.
  • Complete an English language assessment¬†(for non-native English speakers) (see 2.3 English Language Assessment).
  • Live within a reasonable commuting distance of a PathwayConnect site. (Search for a location.)
  • Strive to live by the BYU-Idaho Honor Code.

The following are not required to participate in PathwayConnect:

  • Application fee
  • Standardized test scores (ACT/SAT/TOEFL)
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement

2.2.1 Church Membership Status

PathwayConnect is only open to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes members who are disfellowshipped or on formal Church probation but excludes individuals who have been excommunicated.

2.2.2 Minimum Age Eligibility

Applicants who are 17 and 18 years old are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent to be admitted to PathwayConnect, while those ages 19+ are not required to have these credentials. Applicants younger than age 17 are not eligible for admission, except in certain international locations.

2.2.3 BYU-Idaho Honor Code

Students are encouraged to strive to live the Honor Code as a matter of principle and to prepare them if they choose to later matriculate into BYU-Idaho, when they will be required to live the Honor Code. Additionally, since the courses PathwayConnect students take are from BYU-Idaho, principles of academic integrity are strictly enforced (see 10.1 Honor Code).

2.2.4 Criminal History

Pathway is intended to be open to as many Church members as possible. However, applicants with certain types of criminal history may be excluded from participating in PathwayConnect. Crimes that are violent and/or sexual in nature may require the submission of formal court documentation indicating that all conditions of city, county, state, federal, or international legal requirements and court obligations have been completed.

Applicants who are listed on any type of sex offender registry or who are on probation for or have any other unresolved legal actions relating to crimes that are violent and/or sexual in nature may not be admissible to Pathway. PathwayConnect students with criminal history who plan to matriculate to BYU-Idaho will need to re-submit court documentation and may be subject to additional consideration by the BYU-Idaho Admissions Office.

If court documentation is required for a Pathway application, it may be submitted to the PathwayConnect Home Office by email at pathwaysupport@byui.edu, by fax at (208) 496-5811, or by mail to PathwayConnect Home Office, 221 Biddulph Hall, Rexburg, ID 83460-4645.

2.2.5 Student Visas

PathwayConnect is not a full-time study program; therefore it does not meet any kind of student visa requirements. Pathway will not issue documentation to PathwayConnect students seeking to obtain a student visa to enroll in the program at a site in the United States.