Undergraduate Education supervises and fosters essential university-wide elements of the bachelor's degree. First-Year Experience assists new students with the transition to college, and General Education offers a broad university education and skills training that provide a foundation for study in the major. The Honors Program is designed for the student who seeks to learn with a cohort of like-minded peers. The Office of Experiential Learning and the Academic Internship Office help students tailor learning experiences outside the classroom in innovative ways.
The Office of First-Year Experience (FYE) facilitates a student's transition from high school to university life. This includes 1) providing every student with a peer mentor- a trained guide who will help orient students to the university, answer questions, make helpful suggestions, and check-in periodically with students during their first year and 2) hosting other orientation activities including On-Campus "How to BYU" (a pre-orientation for those who live near BYU), New Student Orientation (NSO) and the First-Year Arts Card program. These efforts span the time between students' admission notification through the end of their first year on campus.
First-Year Mentoring is designed to support all new students as they transition to, and learn to thrive in, a challenging university environment. This support spans three key periods:
Pre-Arrival (March – August):
Within 2-3 weeks following admissions notification, students admitted for fall semester, and summer term are assigned to a peer mentor who will contact them (by email, phone and text) in order to answer their questions and provide direction concerning next steps in their transition from high school to the university.
Fall Semester (September – December) and/or Summer Term (June-August):
First-Year Mentoring provides every new student with the support of an individual peer mentor regardless of major, course schedule, or potential for success. We make every effort to continue the relationship formed between students and their pre-arrival mentors. Mentors and students will meet together and communicate via email and text messaging throughout the semester in order to answer questions, discuss their experiences, and connect with important university resources. Last year there were over 14,000 face-to-face meetings between students and their FYE peer mentors and the student feedback we receive is very posititive about the experience. Additionally our office reserves seats in many high demand General Education courses!
Winter Semester (January – April):
The mentoring relationships established during fall and summer continue through periodic follow-up interviews during January through February. Although very few mentored courses or reserved seats are offered during winter semester, students who begin their university experience during winter semester will be assigned to a peer mentor.
Transfer students are also eligible for and welcome to the support of a peer mentor during their first year at the university, but access to mentored courses is reserved for freshmen. Students transferring to BYU will be contacted prior to their arrival in order to request a mentor.
The Honors Program provides a rich and challenging experience for motivated undergraduate students. Its purpose is to both broaden and deepen the educational experience of students, and to develop the intellectual integrity and moral character that define disciple-scholarship. The Honors Program is comprised of three dimensions: Great Questions, Experiential Learning, and the Honors Thesis. The central focus of the program is the study of big or "great" questions (e.g., justice, human agency and responsibility) with an emphasis on interdisciplinary study. Coursework teaches and models for students modes of intellectual inquiry that draw on the knowledge and skills of different disciplines to explore unexpected connections between disciplines, leading to a deeper, more careful and precise understanding of the questions we seek to answer as life-long learners. "University Honors" is a distinction awarded to graduates of BYU who meet the Honors requirements (see the Honors Program section of this catalog for details). The University Honors designation will be recorded on the student's university diploma, on the official transcript of grades, and in the University Commencement program.