Brigham Young University–Idaho

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Brigham Young University–Idaho
City: Rexburg, ID
Type: Private coeducational
Students: 15,102
Sports: None
Colors: Blue & Gray
Mascot: Thor the Viking

Brigham Young University–Idaho (BYU–Idaho or BYU–I) is a private university located in Rexburg, Idaho. Founded in 1888, the university is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It was founded in 1888 as Bannock Stake Academy. From 1923 to 2001, it was known as Ricks College. That year, it shifted from a junior college to a four-year institution and changed its name to BYU–I.[1]

BYU-Idaho offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, and performing arts. The university is organized into six colleges. The university offers 17 associates and 70 bachelor's degree programs; and it operates using a three-semester system also known as "tracks".

Approximately 99% of the university's students are members of the LDS Church, and 40% of the student body takes a two-year brake from their studies at some point to serve as missionaries.[2]

Since becoming a four-year institution, BYU-Idaho no longer hosts intercollegiate athletic teams but does have intramural sports.

See also


  1. Our Heritage. Retrieved on November 23, 2012.
  2. Quick facts. (2011). Retrieved on November 23, 2012.