Seminary and Institute at a Glance

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  • 307 institute classes worldwide have only one student.

  • 1,549 seminary classes worldwide have only one student.

  • 9 students form the average seminary class.

  • 592 students make up the largest institute class in the world.

  • 88.8% of seminary programs gather in a meetinghouse or home rather than a seminary-specific building.

  • 152 countries have seminary or institute classes.

Seminary Enrollment

Around the world, 404,270 students are enrolled in seminary:

  • 220,717 (U.S.)

  • 183,553 (out of U.S.)

Institute Enrollment

Around the world, 357,760 students are enrolled in institute:

  • 137,740 (U.S.)

  • 220,020 (out of U.S.)


Globally, more than 48,000 members teach seminary and institute. Only 6.4% are full-time or part-time instructors.

All data taken from 2014–15 records

  • 1912

    First seminary opens (near Granite High School in Utah), with 70 students.

  • 1926

    First institute classes begin (near the University of Idaho), with 25 students.

  • 1938

    Ninety-eight seminary programs in operation.

  • 1946

    Seventeen institute programs in operation.

  • 1949

    First early-morning seminary classes held.

  • 1950

    Early-morning seminary program begins in 11 stakes in California.

  • 1967

    First home-study classes created (held in rural Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois).

  • 1968

    Early-morning seminary program expands across the world, beginning in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • 1992

    Worldwide satellite broadcasts for young adults begin.

  • 1996

    Worldwide seminary schedule is adjusted to allow all students to study the same scripture course.

  • 2014–2015

    Graduation requirements changed to emphasize greater application of God’s word in students’ lives.