So You’re Going to College

About this time of year throughout North America, several million students make plans concerning where they would like to go to college in the fall. Most of them are graduating high school seniors, but an increasingly large number of them are students who switch from one campus to another, or young adults who have worked or served in the military for several years and now have decided to get more schooling.

Among the vast number of college students around the world are an estimated 225,000 Latter-day Saint students.

And the Latter-day Saint student has special interests.

He wants to know how many fellow Latter-day Saint students he can expect to find at a school he is considering. He wants to know if he will have access to an Institute of religion so he can continue his study of the gospel and enjoy Mormon social life.

He wants to know if he will attend a student ward or a regular ward or branch of the Church.

With these things in mind, for many persons the following information may be helpful.

1. We have listed here every college or locale at which a student has access to an institute of religion.

2. We have listed the known number of Latter-day Saint students at the school (known to the office of the Church Commissioner of Education). It is estimated that there may be as many as twenty-five percent more Mormon students actually on some of the campuses.

3. We have listed the locations of student wards and branches—those composed wholly of college students.

But whichever school you choose, the major point to emphasize is that wherever you are, you are only a telephone call away from the Church. Look for the name of the Church in the telephone book. Each of us at baptism made important covenants with the Lord, and the boys took additional responsibility when they received the priesthood. Each of us is expected to use his free agency to hunt out the church. Sometimes it can’t find us, but we can always find it. One telephone call to the local bishop or branch president will mean a warm reception for you. Have a great collegiate experience!

Statement of the First Presidency on College Attendance (January 20, 1970)

“We have repeatedly urged that our young people seek further education after completing high school, and we now reaffirm this counsel. In so doing, we suggest that wherever possible they attend school in their own communities, particularly during their freshman and sophomore years.

“To meet the need for religious instruction for our youth, we have established institutes of religion convenient to more than 200 junior colleges, four-year colleges, and universities. In these institutes our young people may receive religious training comparable with that received in Church schools and at the same time enjoy the benefits of living at home, at less expense, with the added advantages of the protection, guidance, and companionship of their families.”


U = University (as in U of California or Stanford U)

C = College (as in C of Marin or Cochise C)

St =State (as in Arizona St U)

JC =Junior College (as in Pima JC)

Enrollment at Church Colleges

Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)


Church College of Hawaii (Laie)


LDS Business College (Salt Lake City)


Ricks College (Rexburg, Idaho)


Student wards and branches have been organized for students at the following schools (and nearby campuses):

Arizona St U (Tempe)—4 wards

Boise C (Idaho)—2 wards

Brigham Young U (Provo, Utah)—97 wards (10 stakes)

Church C of Hawaii (Laie)—3 wards

C of Eastern Utah (Price)—1 ward

Colorado St U (Fort Collins)—1 ward

Dixie C (St. George, Utah)—3 wards

East Arizona JC (St. Joseph)—1 ward

Harvard (Boston) and nearby schools—2 wards

Idaho St U (Pocatello)—6 wards (1 stake)

Mesa Community C (Arizona)—1 ward

Northern Arizona U (Flagstaff)—2 wards

Oregon St U (Corvallis)—1 ward

Ricks C (Rexburg, Idaho)—21 wards (2 stakes)

Schools in Long Beach, California—1 branch

Schools in Denver, Colorado—1 branch

Schools in San Diego, California—1 branch

Snow C (Ephraim, Utah)—3 wards

Southern Utah St C (Cedar City)—5 wards (1 stake)

Stanford U (Palo Alto, California)—2 wards

U of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)—1 ward

U of Arizona (Tucson)—3 wards

U of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) and nearby schools—1 ward

U of California at Berkeley—1 ward

U of California at Los Angeles—1 ward

U of California at Santa Barbara—1 branch

U of Idaho (Moscow)—2 wards

U of Montana (Missoula)—1 branch

U of Nevada (Reno)—1 ward

U of Oregon (Eugene)—1 ward

U of Southern California (Los Angeles)—1 ward

U of Utah (Salt Lake City) and nearby schools—18 wards (2 stakes)

U of Washington (Seattle)—1 ward

U of Wyoming (Laramie)—1 ward

Utah St U (Logan)—20 wards (2 stakes)

Utah Technical C (Salt Lake City)—1 ward

Weber St C (Ogden, Utah)—9 wards (1 stake)

Enrollment 1969–70 of LDS students in colleges and universities



LDS Students


Auburn Huntsville Tuscaloosa

Auburn U U of Alabama U of Alabama

27 10 26


Douglas Flagstaff Glendale Mesa Phoenix Prescott Scottsdale Signal Peak Tempe Thatcher Tucson Tucson Yuma

Cochise C North Arizona U Glendale C Mesa Community C Phoenix C Prescott C Scottsdale Community C Signal Peak C Arizona St U East Arizona JC U of Arizona Pima JC Arizona Western C

28 318 135 1,385 279 10 19 26 790 268 548 16 15


Alta Loma Aptos Arcata Artesia Bakersfield Barstow Berkeley Blythe Campbell Chico Chula Vista Claremont Compton Costa Mesa Culver City Cupertino Cypress Davis Durham El Cajon Eureka Fremont Fresno Fresno Fullerton Fullerton Gardena Gilman Hot Springs Glendale Glendora Hayward

Chaffey C Cabrillo C Humboldt St C Cerritos JC Bakersfield C Barstow C U of California Palo Verde JC West Valley C Chico St C Southwestern C Claremont C Compton C Orange Coast JC West Los Angeles C De Anza C Cypress C U of California Butte C Grossmont C C of the Redwoods Ohlone C Fresno City C Fresno St C California St at Fullerton Fullerton City C El Camino C Mt. San Jacinto C Glendale City C Citrus C Chabot C

88 16 120 150 55 15 80 13 120 83 46 27 21 130 10 50 80 111 47 101 33 45 90 96 129 171 180 13 50 80 120

Hayward Huntington Beach Irvine Kentfield Lancaster Long Beach Long Beach Long Beach Los Altos Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles Marysville Merced Mesa Modesto Moorpark Napa Oakland Oceanside Orange Palo Alto Palm Desert Pasadena Pasadena

Hayward St C Golden West C U of California C of Marin Antelope Valley C California St C at Dominguez Hills California St C at Long Beach Long Beach City C Foothill C C of the Canyons East Los Angeles C Los Angeles City C Los Angeles St C U of California at Los Angeles U of Southern California Yuba C Merced JC Mesa C Modesto JC Moorpark C Napa JC Mills C Mira Costa C Chapman C Stanford U C of the Desert California Institute of Technology Pasadena City C

50 35 38 18 40 8 185 170 35 12 45 80 189 500 250 121 20 73 93 28 20 5 16 8 200 23 22 79

Pleasant Hill Pomona Porterville Redding Redlands Reedley Richmond Riverside Riverside Rocklin Rohnert Park Sacramento Sacramento Sacramento Sacramento San Bernardino San Bruno San Diego San Diego San Fernando San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco San Jose San Jose

Diablo Valley C California Polytechnic at Pomona Porterville C Shasta C U of Redlands Reedley C Contra Costa JC Riverside City C U of California at Riverside Sierra C Sonoma St C American River C Consumnes JC Sacramento City C Sacramento St C San Benardino Valley C Skyline C San Diego St C U of California at San Diego San Fernando Valley St C City C of San Francisco California Podiatry C San Francisco C Mortuary Science San Francisco St C U of California Medical C U of Pacific Dental School San Jose City C San Jose St C

136 64 8 115 11 15 28 88 88 92 17 205 7 254 149 93 26 157 26 130 27 21 8 12 46 33 29 205

San Marcos San Mateo San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo Santa Ana Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Santa Cruz Santa Maria Santa Monica Santa Rosa Stockton Stockton Susanville Taft Treasure Island Vallejo Van Nuys Ventura Visalia Walnut Whittier Whittier Wilmington Woodland Hills Woodside

Palomar JC C of San Mateo California St Polytechnic C Cuesta C Santa Ana JC Santa Barbara City C U of California at Santa Barbara U of California Allen Hancock JC Santa Monica City C Santa Rosa JC San Joaquin Delta C U of Pacific Laseen C Taft C Treasure Island Institute Solano JC Los Angles Valley C Ventura City C C of the Sequoias Mt. San Antonio Rio Hondo C Whittier C Harbor C Pierce C El Canada C

36 90 91 14 105 12 45 12 28 60 60 85 35 16 12 45 20 111 50 32 180 153 15 72 90 28


Alamosa Boulder Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Denver Durango Ft. Carson Ft. Collins Golden Grand Junction Greeley Gunnison Pueblo

Adams St C U of Colorado Colorado U at Colorado Springs U.S. Air Force Academy Denver Metropolitan Institute Ft. Lewis C Ft Carson Army Base Colorado St U Colorado School of Mines Mesa C Colorado St Teachers C Western St C Southern Colorado St C

74 78 40 54 117 20 50 166 11 28 56 28 45


New Haven

Yale U



Gainesville Jacksonville Pensacola Tallahassee

U of Florida U of North Florida U of West Florida Florida St U

45 35 20 34



U of Georgia




U of Hawaii



Boise Caldwell Coeur D’Alene Lewiston Moscow Pocatello Twin Falls

Boise St C C of Idaho North Idaho JC Lewis & Clark Normal School U of Idaho Idaho St U C of Southern Idaho

543 24 22 22 350 4,609 161


Carbondale Champaign Charleston Chicago Chicago Normal

Southern Illinois U U of Illinois Eastern Illinois U U of Chicago Loyola Dental School Illinois St U

4 85 10 26 20 16


Bloomington LaFayette Terre Haute

Indiana U Purdue U Indiana St U

50 50 12


Ames Davenport Iowa City

Iowa St U Palmer JC U of Iowa

32 30 26


Baton Rouge

Louisiana St U



Kaskell Lawrence

Kaskell Indian Institute Kansas U

51 21


Bowling Green Lexington

Western Kentucky U U of Kentucky

18 15


Gorham Orono

U of Maine U of Maine

22 12


Boston Cambridge Cambridge Medford Wellesley

Boston U Harvard U & Radcliff C Massachusetts Institute of Tech. Tufts U Wellesley C

62 113 38 13 7


Baltimore and College Park

U of Maryland



Ann Arbor Detroit East Lansing Kalamazoo

U of Michigan Wayne St U Michigan St U Western Michigan U

41 30 45 9



U of Minnesota



Biloxi Columbus Hattiesburg

U of Mississippi Mississippi St U U of Southern Mississippi

10 10 25



U of Missouri



Billings Bozeman Butte Dillon Missoula

Eastern Montana C Montana St U Montana Technical C Western Montana St U of Montana

90 130 20 50 119


Durham Pembroke Raleigh

Duke U Pembroke C North Carolina St U

30 6 25


Albuquerque Farmington Hobbs Las Cruces Portales Roswell Silver City

U of New Mexico New Mexico St U New Mexico JC New Mexico St U Eastern New Mexico U Eastern New Mexico U Western New Mexico U

174 6 12 125 36 12 27


Las Vegas Reno

U of Nevada U of Nevada

301 160


New Brunswick Princeton

Rutgers U Princeton U

9 10


Ithaca New York City Queens, Long Island Syracuse

Cornell U Columbia U Queens C U of New York at Syracuse

34 36 2 12



Ohio St U



Norman Stillwater

U of Oklahoma Oklahoma St U

76 51


Albany Ashland Bend Corvallis Eugene Eugene Forest Grove Gresham LaGrande McMinnville Monmouth North Bend Ontario Oregon City Pendleton Portland Portland Portland Salem

Linn-Benton Community C Southern Oregon C Central Oregon Community C Oregon St U U of Oregon Lane Community C Pacific U Mt. Hood Community C Eastern Oregon C Linfield C Oregon C of Education Southwest Oregon Community C Treasure Valley Community C Clackamas Community C Blue Mountain Community C Portland Medical-Dental School Portland Community C Portland St C Willamette U

11 105 25 200 160 35 30 70 90 10 48 19 97 37 25 60 50 230 13


Philadelphia Pittsburgh

U of Pennsylvania U of Pittsburgh

16 16



U of South Carolina



Knoxville Nashville

U of Tennessee Vanderbilt U

13 5


Arlington Austin College Station Dallas Denton El Paso Houston Lubbock San Antonio

U of Texas U of Texas Texas A&M U El Centro C North Texas C U of Texas U of Houston Texas Technical C San Antonio C

42 46 45 20 12 72 75 20 22


Cedar City Ephraim Logan Ogden Ogden Price Provo St. George Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City

Southern Utah St C Snow C Utah St U Weber St C Stevens Henager Business C C of Eastern Utah Utah Technical C Dixie C Holy Cross Nurses C LDS Business C Utah Technical C Stevens Henager Business C Westminster C U of Utah

1,859 1,039 5,894 4,703 63 942 677 1,230 55 1,342 1,707 574 130 11,300


Blacksburg and Radford Charlottesville

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Radford C U of Virginia

18 32


Metropolitan Area




Auburn Bellevue Bellingham Bremerton Cheney Edmonds Ellensburg Everett Longview Midway Moses Lake Mt. Vernon Pasco Pullman Seattle Seattle Seattle Spokane Tacoma Vancouver Walla Walla Yakima

Green River Community C Bellevue Community C Western Washington St C Olympic Community C Eastern Washington St C Edmonds Community C Central Washington St C Everett Community C Lower Columbia C Highline Community C Big Bend Community C Skagit Valley C Columbia Basin C Washington St U U of Washington North Seattle Community C Shoreline Community C Spokane Falls Community C Tacoma Community C Clark C Whitman C Yakima Valley JC

35 5 40 13 40 12 26 18 26 35 70 22 90 160 230 6 20 63 25 50 24 45


Madison Plattville

U of Wisconsin Wisconsin State U

73 5


Barboursville Morgantown

Marshall U West Virginia U

15 21


Casper Laramie Powell Riverton

Casper C U of Wyoming Northwest Community C Central Wyoming C

49 284 70 11


Adelaide, S. Australia Brisbane, Queensland Hurstville, N.S.W. Newcastle, N.S.W. Parramatta, N.S.W.


17 12 10 7 13


Burnaby, B.C. Calgary, Alta. Calgary, Alta. Calgary, Alta. Calgary, Alta. Calgary, Alta. Edmonton, Alta. Guelph, Ont. Halifax, N.S. Lethbridge, Alta. London, Ont. Saskatoon, Sask. Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver, B.C.

Simon Fraser U Calgary Business C Calgary Nursing School Mt. Royal JC Southern Alberta Institute of Tech. U of Calgary U of Alberta U of Guelph St. Mary’s U and Nova Scotia Technical C U of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Community C U of Western Ontario U of Saskatchewan U of British Columbia Vancouver area colleges

9 4 20 24 36 180 214 22 7 192 33 19 85 158









Auckland U Hamilton Waikato U


10 5




[maps] Illustrated by Jerry Pulsipher