Higher Education


Brigham Young University-Idaho

Rexburg is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, the largest university (in terms of full time students) in Idaho. BYU-Idaho is a private, four year university affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Founded in 1888, BYU-Idaho transitioned from Ricks College (a two year junior college) to a four year institution in 2001.

BYU-Idaho offers liberal arts degrees as well as engineering, agriculture, business management, and performing arts degrees. The university is broadly organized into six colleges, and its parent organization, the Church Educational System, sponsors sister schools in Utah and Hawaii. The university's focus is on undergraduate education, hosting 18 associate and over 70 bachelor's degree programs.

BYU-Idaho students attend the university on one of three assigned "tracks". This unique three-track system, in which admitted students are assigned to attend two of the three offered semesters (Fall-Winter, Winter-Spring, or Spring-Fall). This allows the university to run at full capacity year round, admitting up to one half more students, without expanding infrastructure. Since implementing this system, BYU-Idaho has increased enrollment to become the largest institution of higher learning in Idaho (surpassing Boise State in terms of full-time enrollment in the fall of 2010). Recent announcements indicate that this growth will continue for the next decade, possibly bringing full-time enrollment to between 20,000 and 25,000 students per semester by 2020.

Additional Universities and Secondary Education

Idaho State University (ISU) located in Pocatello (90 minutes south) offers masters and doctorate degrees. BYU-Idaho has worked to establish relationships with Utah State University and ISU, which allows students to continue their education while remaining in Rexburg.