College Application FAQs

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for below, please contact the school that the question applies to. We will do our best to help you.

  1. What is required to be considered for admission?
  2. What are the required classes I should take in high school to prepare me for admission to a CES school?
  3. When is the best time to apply?
  4. Do I need to wait to apply until I receive my first semester senior grades?
  5. Will my chances of being admitted increase if I submit my application before other candidates?
  6. Is admission in the fall harder than in the winter, spring, or summer?
  7. How will I know when all parts of my application have been received?
  8. How much is the application fee? How do I pay the application fee?
  9. What does the Admissions Committee look at when making the admissions decision?
  10. What is the criterion for a home-schooled student?
  11. Do students have to complete four years of seminary in order to be considered for admission?
  12. Who should fill out part 4 of the application if I do not currently have a seminary teacher?
  13. Can I fax my high school transcript? What items can I fax as opposed to mailing them in?
  14. Do you consider Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in the application process?
  15. When is the last ACT exam I can take?
  16. Is there a minimum ACT or SAT score?
  17. If I am planning to go on a mission before I start college, should I apply before I go, and if so, will my admission be held for me?
  18. Are high school students who have more than 24 college credits still required to take the ACT and/or SAT?
  19. Do I need to take the ACT, or can I submit a SAT score? If I send more than one exam score, which one will you use?
  20. What do I do if I have already applied, and then receive a higher ACT score than the one previously submitted?
  21. How important are the essays to the application?
  22. Do I need to have admission materials in by the deadline or postmarked by the deadline?
  23. What happens if my application is late?
  24. When will I hear back about an admission decision?
  25. Does my school preference affect my admission decision?
  26. Does a deny decision from one CES school mean that I am denied from other CES schools?
  27. If I am not admitted to the school of my choice, will my application fee be refunded?
  28. Is there a way to appeal my decision or to have it reevaluated?
  29. How do I apply for scholarships?
  30. How do I apply for housing?
  31. Can I defer the first semester I'm admitted?
  32. Can I apply with a paper application, rather than online?
  33. Do CES schools use a quota system to admit students from certain geographic regions?
  34. Am I more likely to be admitted if a relative has attended a CES school?
  35. Besides scholarships, what other financial assistance is available through CES?

1. What is required to be considered for admission?

New U.S. freshman and transfer students with fewer than 24 semester or 36 graded quarter hours applying to any CES school must complete and submit the following:

  • Part 1: Student Information
  • Part 2: School Selection/Scholarships
  • Part 3: Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Part 4: Seminary/Institute Evaluation
  • Part 5: High School Information, including an Official Transcript
  • Part 6: Extracurricular Activities
  • Part 7: Student Essay & Other Information
  • A $35 nonrefundable application fee per school applied to
  • ACT or SAT scores (not required at LDS Business College, except for home-schooled applicants)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university you are attending or have attended

U.S. transfer students applying with 24 semester or 36 graded quarter hours, or more of college or university credit completed after high school graduation, must complete and submit the following:

  • Part 1: Student Information
  • Part 2: School Selection/Scholarships
  • Part 3: Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Part 4: Seminary/Institute Evaluation
  • Part 7: Student Essay & Other Information
  • A $35 nonrefundable application fee per school applied to
  • Official transcripts from each college or university that you are attending or have attended

2. What are the required classes I should take in high school to prepare me for admission to a CES school?

High school students should enroll in college preparatory classes as freshman and continue to take them through their senior year. Although we do not have specific high school course requirements, it is recommended that a student's class schedule include the following:

  • Four or more years of mathematics
  • Four or more years of English or literature
  • Two to three years of laboratory science
  • Two years of history or government
  • Two or more years of a foreign language

Research shows that students who follow these recommendations consistently earn higher ACT and SAT scores. Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses will also help prepare students for the ACT and SAT exams and for university-level work. Additionally, students should choose elective classes that will help them develop their talents and appreciation for the arts, and those that will teach useful skills like basic computer operations and word processing.

In addition, consider the following recommendation to be competitive for admission consideration as a new freshman to CES schools: Live in harmony with the CES Honor Code and the CES Dress and Grooming Standards.

3. When is the best time to apply?

The best time to apply is during October of your senior year in high school.

4. Do I need to wait to apply until I receive my first-semester senior grades?

No, you do not need to wait to apply until you receive your first-semester senior grades.

5. Will my chances of being admitted increase if I submit my application before other candidates?

Each application is evaluated using the same criteria, whether you submit the application early or on the deadline date. However, we encourage all students to submit their applications well before the deadline. In the event that materials may be missing (transcripts and so forth), applying early will give you time to submit these items before the deadline.

Additionally, students who complete their application by the priority deadline will receive extra consideration in the admissions process.

6. Is admission in the fall harder than in the winter, spring, or summer?

The admission criteria remain the same year round. Some students will be admitted to other semesters or terms so that as many qualified students as possible can be admitted. Because more applicants want to start fall semester than there are spaces available, other semesters or terms are available to admit qualified applicants.

7. How will I know when all parts of my application have been received?

Clicking here to check to see which application parts have been received.

8. How much is the application fee? How do I pay the application fee?

The nonrefundable, one-time application fee is $35 per CES institution applied to. To pay your fees, go to the Be Smart home page, click on Application & Admissions, and then click on Apply Online.

9. What does the Admissions Committee look at when making the admissions decision?

The admissions criterion is different for each CES school. However, ecclesiastical endorsements, academic and spiritual preparation, national exam scores, essays, volunteer service, leadership, and talent all bear major weight in the admissions decision. We recommend that you visit each CES school's home page for its specific admission factors.

10. What is the criterion for a home-schooled student?

Please contact the individual CES school to learn of the specific admission requirements for home-schooled students.

11. Do students have to complete four years of seminary in order to be considered for admission?

Most students attending CES schools are seminary graduates. Although seminary is not required for admission and scholarship consideration, it is strongly recommended.

12. Who should fill out part 4 of the application if I do not currently have a seminary teacher?

If you attended seminary and have not yet graduated from high school, you must print the instruction sheet and give it to your seminary teacher.

If you did not attend seminary, or you have already graduated from high school, you will have the option to fill out a self report.

13. Can I fax my high school transcript? What items can I fax as opposed to mailing them in?

No part of the application may be faxed. Paper forms must be submitted by mail or in person. If mailed, each part of the application must be postmarked by the deadline. College transcripts must be official and should be sent in a sealed envelope to the following address:


Mailing address:
CES Admissions Office
A-41 ASB
Provo, UT 84602

Hand deliver transcripts:
D-155 ASB
Provo, UT 84602

14. Do you consider Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in the application process?

AP and IB courses are given extra consideration in the admissions process.

15. When is the last ACT exam I can take?

The last ACT test score that we accept for spring, summer, or fall admission should be taken in December.

(Please note that the LDS Business College does not require an ACT or SAT score. However, it is recommended.)

16. Is there a minimum ACT or SAT score?

Each CES school is different in regard to minimum ACT and SAT scores. Please check with the school you are applying to for more details.

(Please note that the LDS Business College does not require an ACT or SAT score. However, it is recommended.)

17. If I am planning to go on a mission before I start college, should I apply before I go, and if so, will my admission be held for me?

All qualified applicants are invited to apply for admission to one or more of the CES schools. Authorized enrollment can be postponed for LDS missionary service upon completion of all deferment procedures defined by the admitting institution.

18. Are high school students who have more than 24 college credits still required to take the ACT and/or SAT?

High school students whose graduating class has not yet graduated are required to take the ACT and/or SAT, regardless of how many college credits they have obtained. High school students who have graduated but have not yet enrolled in college will also need to take the ACT and/or SAT.

(Please note that the LDS Business College does not require an ACT or SAT score. However, it is recommended.)

19. Do I need to take the ACT, or can I submit a SAT score? If I send more than one exam score, which one will you use?

We will accept both ACT and/or SAT scores. We will use the highest of all composite test scores for admission purposes.

(Please note that the LDS Business College does not require an ACT or SAT score. However, it is recommended.)

20. What do I do if I have already applied, and then receive a higher ACT score than the one previously submitted?

You should send in your new ACT score if we will receive it before the deadline of the semester or term that you are applying for. Your admission application will automatically be updated and reevaluated.

(Please note that the LDS Business College does not require an ACT or SAT score. However, it is recommended.)

21. How important are the essays to the application?

The essays are read carefully and are a very important part of the application.

22. Do I need to have admission materials in by the deadline or postmarked by the deadline?

All parts of the application must be postmarked by the deadline.

23. What happens if my application is late?

Submit all parts of the application as soon after the deadline as possible. We will do the best that we can to accommodate you in the semester you have applied for. BYU does not accept late submissions.

(Please note that the LDS Business College will accept all applications up until 10 days before the start of the semester or term.)

24. When will I hear back about an admission decision?

Once your application is complete:

  • Brigham Young University will generally email you no later than four weeks after your final application deadline.
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho will email you within six weeks from when you complete your application.
  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii will email you within four weeks after the application deadline for domestic students, and as soon as possible for international students.
  • The LDS Business College will email you within four weeks from when you complete your application.

25. Does my school preference affect my admission decision?

The order in which you rank the school(s) to which you apply may be a consideration in the acceptance process and may affect your chances for admission.

26. Does a deny decision from one CES school mean that I am denied from other CES schools?

Each CES school makes admission decisions independently. You will receive an email notification from each school that you applied to. Each school makes its own decision without regard to the other schools.

27. If I am not admitted to the school of my choice, will my application fee be refunded?

No, the $35 application fee is nonrefundable.

28. Is there a way to appeal my decision or to have it reevaluated?

Appeals are rarely granted. It is important to remember that only members of the Admissions Committee are in a position to view each application as a whole and in comparison with the entire applicant pool. Much time and energy was devoted to the comprehensive review of your application. Admission decisions should be considered final.

29. How do I apply for scholarships?

Each CES school has its own scholarship application process. For the most up-to-date information on how to apply for scholarships at the school of your choice, please refer to that school’s financial aid link:

30. How do I apply for housing?

Each CES school has a different process for registering for housing. Please contact the housing office of each school for specific housing information.

31. Can I defer the first semester I'm admitted?

First-semester deferments are reserved for missionaries leaving during the semester they were admitted. The only students who are able to defer the first semester they are admitted are students leaving on missions during that time.

32. Can I apply with a paper application, rather than online?

We no longer publish paper applications. The entire application can be filled out online. If you are unable to fill out the online application, please call our admissions office at 1-801-422-4104 for further instructions.

33. Do CES schools use a quota system to admit students from certain geographic regions?

Admission is not determined by any type of quota, nor are there geographical allocations. The CES schools work within the realities of their established ceilings of full-time day students.

34. Am I more likely to be admitted if a relative has attended a CES school?

Special consideration is not given to relatives of CES school alumni.

35. Besides scholarships, what other financial assistance is available through CES?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strongly believes in education, and its commitment translates into a generous subsidy of the actual cost of tuition for all students attending the CES schools.

Still, a college education is an expensive investment that represents a significant challenge for many students and their families. Thousands of students, including freshman, work part-time on and off campus to meet some of the costs of attendance, which include tuition, room and board, health insurance, books, fees, and personal expenses. Incidentally, research suggests that students' grades generally are not adversely affected by part-time employment.

In addition to offering scholarships and part-time employment, the CES schools participate in some federal financial aid programs. To explore these funding opportunities, and to develop cost-saving strategies, please contact in the financial aid office of the school you are applying for: