Brigham Young University-Idaho Reviews

  • 45 Reviews
  • Rexburg (ID)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,208
92% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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May Smith
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2021
  • Degree: Management
"BYU-Idaho has a fair social scene and instructors, but they have a horrific counseling center and graduation advisors. Working with the BYU-Idaho counseling department, especially for online students is the bane of my existence. BYU-Idaho is good preparation for some things, but please do your research. Making simple adjustments and correcting I-Plan errors (which happen frequently) is worse than pulling teeth. DO NOT come to school here or at least DO NOT rely on I-Plan to fulfill your requirements. It is an unreliable system. It takes about a week to get a response (phone call) from a student staff member and then another week to get an email response from an actual advisor. If you are on campus it is a bit easier but not by much. CES schools are not as compatible as they claim to be. If you ever decided you'd like to transfer from here to BYU Hawaii or BYU Provo you are looking at at LEAST a full semester of unaccepted credits if not more. This is because states have different educational requirements. If you choose a non-CES school, all of the religion credits you taken often count for nothing- or if you're lucky and your major has electives then maybe; maybe, your school will accept them there. Even with a completed Associate's this remains true. I am living in Provo now and see this time and time again. You will be lucky if you have an entire semester of retake classes. If you are truly planning to live in Idaho for 5 years (yes, being a full-time student you will actually graduate in 5, not 4 years) and you will 100% NEVER transfer to another major or university then go for it. Study at BYU-Idaho. Otherwise- Do your research! DO NOT study here. I have spent hours, days, weeks, months, and years working with unhelpful academic advisors that are primarily made up of underpaid students. Student counsellors are happy to pick up the phone, but do not know much about anything at all. It is a huge headache to work with this school, if you want to have a spiritual experience go to EFY and then go to school somewhere else."
KJ
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I really loved my time at BYU-I! I loved the atmosphere, the activities, and my teachers. There are many ways to get involved - and I recommend you do! I felt that everyone truly cared about my development in my degree as well as developing myself as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I also loved the small-town feel and the beauty that each season brought. If I could I'd go back I'd want to get more involved! Many opportunities are at your feet if your thinking about going!"
Jessica Plummer
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"My college, Brigham Young University - Idaho is a great place to attend university; I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. However, it should be noted that the culture in the school and town is a little intense. It is a highly religious community in a very small town in the southeast corner of Idaho. It is not for everyone, but my instruction in the chemistry department was wonderful, and I loved learning and growing at BYU-Idaho."
Amber Selin
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"The elementary education program at BYU-I is one that is continually learning and growing itself. I had some really great professors. I also had some not so great ones. I loved how a majority of the professors really did care about the things they were teaching about and wanted their students to succeed. They had a strong content knowledge and I felt that they were qualified. There were- however- several instructors who I felt were not qualified to teach the classes they were teaching. Some had just been placed randomly, without any former experience in their content areas. The program administrators were overall helpful. It was difficult at times to find answers to questions and multiple times there was many errors when technology came into place (signing up for classes or student teaching for example). My student teaching experience was not the best. I did not have much support and I felt that none of the work I did for the collegiate course was ever reviewed. However, I did learn how to become a very self-sufficient teacher. I know since I have graduated there have been a great deal of changes so I know that the program is continuing to better itself. Overall, I was satisfied with my time in the elementary education program at BYU-I"
Gabriela Calvi
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"I'm very pleased with the learning environment BYU-I provides to the on-campus and online students. The professors are experts in the field, caring, understanding of students situations, and more than willing to work with the students. The tutoring center has an amazing staff in all subjects to help students succeed. BYU-I programs are very affordable and have an abroad range of educational activities."
My Thoughts
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2019
  • Degree: Teaching
"My first semester at BYUI was the best semester of school ever but then after that everything collapsed. Very unwelcoming environment. Teachers and staff only care about money and being right. I was given an F when I had a B+ on Canvas. I did everything I could to get it fixed and absolutely nobody helped me. I filed a grievance and the staff didnt care that Canvas was wrong the entire semester and saw it as okay to be wrong. About half my class had the same problem and they still didnt care. The school says they love to help their students and makes it seem like the students are most important as their top priority but that has been proven to be an absolute lie. Its disgusting how little help is given and how uncaring the people are. Education should be fair and at this school it wont be. Ive talked to my other friends about their views of the school, too. One says they care too much about the rules and make them more strict than our Church commandments actually are. She also had some issues she was also trying to resolve with the school too and nobody helped her either. My other friend said that the on campus apartments are charging her to cancel her contract even though she dropped out of the school and wont be allowed to live there anyways since she wont be a student. This same friend also had to withdrawal from all of her classes one week before finals because she was in the hospital and had to go home early because of a mistake that the health center made. Ive seen too many terrible things happening at BYUI. I dont recommend going here."
Matthew Chun
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"What I appreciate most about BYU-Idaho was the opportunity that I had to attend a quality university at an affordable price. At first the class scheduling can be confusing, or which classes to sign up for can be frustrating. However, by the end of my time attending BYU-Idaho, I was fortunate to graduate without any debt, and to qualify for the graduate program of my dreams."
Kalab F.
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2019
  • Degree: Law
"The international studies department was phenomenal. The professors and advisers were great within that department. The good ends there. The rest of the school, the administration included feel unorganized, unprofessional, and rather unhelpful. The academic advisers for general studies are students who often misled students and were not held responsible for their actions. I didn't transfer solely due to the fact that once I was involved in my departments courses I truly enjoyed the work and the insight from the professors."
Valerie Colwell
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2019
  • Degree: Child Development
"I loved studying at BYU-Idaho. The professors of my major were very in tune with the needs of their students. They knew each one by name and were willing to meet with and help students at any time and in any way they could. The class sizes were smaller and the prices were very reasonable for the quality of education I received."
Aric
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"The rules here are horrible. They care more about the rules than they care about the students well being its disgusting. I have never been more depressed in my entire life than when I went to this school. I wish I couldve gone to a completely different school. The professors here are mediocre. They wanna hold your hand through everything. But they choose favorites left and right."
D Kraken
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"My core courses were tough but fully prepared me for entering the workforce. BYU-Idaho is a great school though sometimes the atmosphere, campus life, wasn't so great. It's a small town so not much to do when you are not in class. Most of the teachers are phenomenal and are willing to help you. I have had time where I went to a teachers office because I wasnt understanding the concepts and the teacher went above and beyond to help me understand. However, I struggled with the foundation courses. I felt like I didnt learn anything, that I was being forced to take classes that didnt matter to me. I was just doing the work to get a good grade. I did enjoy the religion courses, I learned a lot but the other courses was just work."
Hailey Belnap
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
"This is an excellent school where they truly care about you learning experience and your future career. They work hard to help you through whatever challenges may come up in your life or education. They provide a faith based program and integrate their values into everything they do. Rarely will you have a class that will not ask for some thoughtful reflection on an applicable principle. You will be expected to incorporate the Honor Code into every aspect of your life. Doing so will help enable you to be the type of leader that the world needs and will assist you in building your career. The online classes are of exceptional quality and rival any in person lecture. I feel that the education I received there surpassed that of many of my peers who chose other universities. The only challenges I experienced was errors with the I-plan format. Sometimes it would show errors in my earned credits. Fortunately, I noticed the errors and it did not negatively impact me. Another potential issue for some people may be their limited number of online degrees. This wasn't an issue for me because they had the one that I needed. I know that others have been interested in degrees that they do not offer though. The professors are real people and understand real life problems. All of them were willing to work with me when I needed and extension after my boyfriend died. I felt supported and loved even while being a distance student. Several of the professors even reached out to me personally to make sure that I was doing okay."
Chaz Clark
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2018
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"BYU-I is awesome, they are more interested in you as a person and your development into a Disciple of Christ above all else. In the engineering classes there were no more than 30 student and down to 6-8 in the top senior classes. They have good senior project budgets and the teachers are paid to be in their offices for you to come get help. I hands down put this school above all unless you are going into law or becoming a doctor, but they have a great nursing program if that is what you are going into."
Mele
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2018
  • Degree: Human Services
"Im currently a sophomore doing BYUI online and all my instructors have been great. The online program is easy to use. I feel that the Marriage and Family Studies is great program that definitely prepares you for graduate school or a career after graduating. It is also very interesting and fun program that is really teaches deep stuff but is easy to learn with the way they have designed their courses. I definitely recommend BYUI online and the Marriage and Family Studies program."
Diamondd Cragun
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"Brigham Young University-Idaho is a great university. I enjoyed my time there. I spent a majority of my time in psychology and sociology courses. I got to know my instructors very well as the classes were relatively small (no more than 25 students). The campus is big but not too challenging to get from one building on the south of campus to another on the north."
Sara Kaiser
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2018
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I had a wonderful experience at BYUI. The classes are very personal, the teachers care about individual students, and they teach to have balance in your life. I received a great education for the cost of nearly nothing. The campus is beautiful, big, and new and I paid next to nothing for it. Love this place!"
John S
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at BYU-I. The professors were great. They were very helpful and available to answer any questions that I had. I attended online and found it to be an excellent way to complete my degree as I was a returning student. I had attended Ricks several years ago and was very happy to complete my degree where I had started."
Ben Hulbert
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"I would recommend this school to anyone. Small class size and attentive faculty makes for an engaged and active learning process. School costs are offset by the church members of the LDS Church, so what you are getting is world class education at a fraction of the cost. Look it up, you will be impressed."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Although I love the school and the classes and the major I'm taking, there is one blaring complaint. The school seems to not care about your mental health, at least in my experience. I remember that there were a lot of times my freshman year that I was having difficulty getting out of bed, enjoying anything, and being able to keep up with assignments. Although the assignments were easy to me, and I once thought of them as fun, everything became drab. Skip to the beginning of my sophomore year, I was doing better with my depression and decided to seek out counseling from the school's services in order to make sure that I didn't dip back into a poor state of mental health. After taking the initial survey, however, they pretty much told me that I wasn't depressed enough for them to help me, and they turned me away. Retrospectively, it was probably because they were way understaffed. As I said before, the school doesn't seem to care about mental health. However, at this time the news I received from people I saw as professionals was very hard on me. I began to think that maybe I wasn't depressed, and that I just was a failure as a person. I began to have thoughts that maybe I was just lazy, and wondered how I would ever make it in the world, or amount to anything. I usually have an optimistic attitude about life and everything, despite the difficulty I have when it comes to doing anything but sleep sometimes, but this had me falling into depression sooner than during my freshman year. I ended up failing that semester, and was put on academic warning. I tried my hardest to shake myself out of it, and trudged onto my next semester, but in the end, I had to withdraw from all my classes but two, failing one, and passing the other with an A (Thanks to the help of my work partner keeping me going, and because even though I didn't enjoy it anymore due to my state of mental health, Programming comes as easy as breathing for me and feels just as natural.) Anyway, I really wish that I could be optimistic about my next semester there, it's a great place. I hope that when I go I already have a system in place to help me with my mental health, that does not at all involve the school. As it is, I try my hardest to pass, because what I'm majoring in (Computer Science) I love more than my own life. The only thing that kept the suicidal thoughts at bay was my core belief that being dead wouldn't fix my situation nor the way I felt (I believe that dying is just a part of life, and afterwards we live as spirits just like we used to live in life). I really hope they improve their mental health services. If you aren't contemplating suicide, they don't give a crap about you."
Lacey Ellsworth
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2017
  • Degree: Art & Design
"I got my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Brigham Young University-Idaho is a friendly place. Looking back, I realize that most of my teachers were excellent. Brigham Young University-Idaho is expanding at a fast rate, and it's because of its success. I come from a low income family, but I had excellent grades, and BYU-Idaho provided me with scholarships that made it possible for me to go to school. Even though at times college was difficult, I don't regret in the slightest pushing to get my degree. I loved my experience at BYU-Idaho and I am now pursuing a graduate degree at Idaho State University."