high honors from BYU in 1954 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree
from The University of Chicago Law School in 1957, second in his class of
eighty-six. From 1964 until his appointment at BYU, Dr. Oaks was a professor
of law at The University of Chicago, also serving as executive director of the
American Bar Foundation.
In the words of Church Commissioner of Education Neal A. Maxwell, "He
brings much talent in the thrust of youth to the presidency of the key institu-
tion in the Church's educational system, where, with the help of the dedicated
faculty and staff and a special student body, a new and vital chapter in the
history of BYU will now be written.
BYU offers a full university curriculum, and its credits are recognized and
accepted to the same extent as those of other leading American colleges. The
University is affiliated with the following educational associations:
American Association for Adult Education
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association of University Women
American College Public Relations Association
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American Council on Education
American Home Economics Association
The American School of Oriental Research
American Society for Engineering Education
Association of American Colleges
Department of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree of the National League
Educational Films Library Association
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National Commission of Accrediting
National Council of Family Relations
National University Extension Association
Utah Conference on Higher Education
Western Council for Higher Education in Nursing
Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education
Western Personnel Institute
In addition, Brigham Young University is fully accredited by the following
Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools
American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Design and Drafting
Engineers' Council for Professional Development for the two-year program in
electronics engineering technology and the four-year programs in design and
drafting technology, electronics technology, and manufacturing technology.
National Association of Schools of Music
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for the preparation of
elementary teachers, secondary teachers, and school service personnel, with
the master's degree as the highest degree approved.
National League for Nursing
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Utah State Board of Nursing
Utah State Department of Education
Utah State Department of Public Instruction in cooperation with the United
States Office of Education for the training of vocational home economics
United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare — Division of Voca-
tional and Technical Education
The BYU Code of Honor
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors Brigham Young
University in order to provide students with a university education in an atmos-
phere consistent with the ideals and principles of the Church. The maintenance
of high standards of personal behavior and appearance is essential to the preser-
vation of that atmosphere and also to the development of men and women who
personify those ideals and principles. By enrolling or accepting employment at
Brigham Young University a person signifies his willingness to live in accordance
with the following principles, whether on or off campus:
1. Abide by the standards of Christian living taught by The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This includes graciousness and consideration for others and the observance
of high principles of honor, integrity, and morality.
2. Be honest in all behavior.
This includes not cheating, plagiarizing, or knowingly giving false infor-
3. Respect personal rights.
This includes —
(a) not physically or verbally abusing any person and not engaging in
conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of others;
(b) not obstructing or disrupting the study of others, the performance of
official duties by University officers or employees, the teaching, re-
search, disciplinary, administrative, or other functions of the Univer-
sity, or other authorized activities on University premises.
4. Respect property rights.
This includes refraining from theft, concealment, damage, or misuse of the
property of others.
5. Obey, honor, and sustain the law.
6. Avoid drug abuse.
This includes refraining from the possession, use, or distribution of any
narcotic or dangerous drug (as defined by applicable law), except as pre-
scribed by a licensed medical practitioner.
7. Comply with all University regulations.
This includes compliance with rules relating to campus organizations and
to the use of University or off-campus housing or other facilities.
8. Observe the Word of Wisdom.
This includes abstinence from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, and coffee.
9. Live the law of chastity.
This includes abstinence from all sexual relations outside the bonds of
10. Observe high standards of taste and decency.
This includes refraining from disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene
conduct or expression.
11. Observe University standards of dress and grooming.
12. Help others fulfill their responsibilities under this Code.
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Admission to Undergraduate Study
Students of any race, color, creed, or national origin are accepted for admission
to Brigham Young University provided they maintain ideals and standards in
harmony with those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and
meet the University's academic requirements. High standards of honor, integrity,
and morality; graciousness in personal behavior; application of Christian ideals
in everyday living; and abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and harmful drugs
are required of every student.
Admission to BYU as an undergraduate is based upon consideration of an
official application and results of the American College Test. Applications may
be obtained from high school or junior college counselors, stake admissions
advisers, or by writing to the Admissions Office, A-153 ASB.
American College Test
The American College Test is given nationally five times each year, and students
are asked to complete the test during the last semester of their junior year in
high school. All high school applicants and transfer students having fewer than
24 semester hours of credit must submit ACT scores. The test must be com-
pleted early enough for the results to be in the Admissions Office prior to the
deadline date for the semester in which the student intends to enroll. Test
results arrive at the University approximately four weeks after the test is given.
National test dates are:
December — third Saturday (Students who take the test after this date are not
eligible for scholarship consideration.)
February — third Saturday
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April — fourth Saturday
July — third Saturday
October — third Saturday
Students must register for these tests at least one month in advance of the
test date. Registration materials may be obtained from most high school or
college covmseling offices or by writing to Registration Department, American
College Testing Program, P.O. Box 414. Iowa City, Iowa 52240.
Application deadlines are strictly adhered to. Students wishing to be considered
must submit all materials to the University on or before the deadline date for
the semester in which they intend to register. These dates are as follows:
Fall Semester, 1972
New freshmen April 30, 1972
Transfer, former,* and
graduate students July 15, 1972
Fall Semester, 1972 — Second Block
All applicants September 30, 1972
Winter Semester, 1973
All applicants December 1, 1972
Winter Semester, 1973 — Second Block
All applicants January 31, 1973
Spring Term, 1973
All applicants March 20, 1973
Summer Term, 1973
All applicants May 30, 1973
*A11 BYU students who have not attended the University the previous semester
must reapply for admission.
Admissions Evaluation Fee. A $15 nonrefundable admissions evaluation fee must
accompany all applications for admission. Checks or money orders are requested
and should be made payable to Brigham Young University. This fee should not
be confused with the $10 application deposit required for campus housing.
Social Security Number. Each student entering the University must have a
social security number for identification on student records. These may be
obtained at the nearest social security office or local post office. International
students wiU be assigned an appropriate identification number by the Admissions
New Freshman Applicants
Primary factors considered in granting admission to BYU are the results of
the American College Test, the student's grade-point average, and the con-
fidential interview by the student's bishop or clergyman. Other factors do,
however, come to the attention of the University Admissions Committee.
In order to be considered for admission, a student must submit the following
required materials by the appropriate deadline dates listed above:
1. The completed application form> (all parts).
2. Results of the American College Test.
3. Official transcripts of all academic work completed, including high school and
16 THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM
4. A $15 nonrefundable admissions evaluation fee.
5. The confidential interview report completed by the student's bishop or other
appropriately designated church or school official.
Students nineteen years of age and older who have not completed high school
may be considered for admission by submitting the results of the high school
level General Educational Development Test in addition to the required materials
Early Admission. High school students who wish to be considered for admission
to Brigham Young University prior to high school graduation must —
1. have cumulative high school grade-point averages of 3.50 (B+) or higher on
all work to date;
2. achieve composite standard ACT scores of 24 or higher;
3. submit unconditional letters from parents or guardians recommending en-
rollment in a college program prior to high school graduation;
4. submit unconditional letters from high school counselors or principals recom-
mending enrollment in a college program prior to high school graduation.
5. complete aU other requirements as defined under "New Freshman Applicants."
All requests for early admission are subject to individual consideration by the
Admissions Committee, and the final decision rests with that committee.
Advanced Placement. Students who complete the advanced placement examina-
tions offered to high school seniors and score a composite grade of 5, 4, or 3
in any subject may be granted up to 8 semester hours of college credit in that
Upon recommendation by the academic department concerned, BYU may
grant up to 8 semester hours of credit for a grade of 2 on both parts of any
advanced placement examination, or may allow appropriate advanced placement
without college credit. A department's recommendation will be based UF>on a
review of all pertinent factors, including the student's advanced placement
examination and his achievement in the special course.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Brigham Young University may
also grant credit for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), according
to the student's level of performance. For additional information and/or an
interview, contact the Office of Academic Advisement, B-162 ASB.
New Transfer Applicants
The primary factors considered in granting admission to transfer students are
grade-point averages for all previous college work and confidential interviews
by the student's bishop or clergyman. Other factors, such as leadership ability,
will be given consideration by the University Admissions Committee.
The following materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline dates:
1. The completed application form (all parts).
2. Official transcripts of all previous work. (An official transcript from each
school attended is mandatory. )
3. A $15 nonrefundable admissions evaluation fee.
4. The confidential interview report completed by a bishop or other appropriately
designated school official.
Transfer students should have approximate grade averages of C+. Students
with fewer than 24 semester hours of transfer credit must also submit official
high school transcripts and results of the American College Test.
New Students from Foreign Countries
Students who are not citizens of the United States must obtain clearance from
the BYU Litemational Student adviser in addition to meeting the standard
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requirements for new freshmen and transfer students. Correspondence should
be directed to the International Student Office, A-245 ASB.
Continuing BYU Students
Registration materials are prepared each semester for all students who were
enrolled as daytime students during the previous semester. Students who at-
tended evening classes, si>ecial courses or conferences, or classes at centers
for continuing education must apply for admission or readmission in order
to register for daytime classes.
Notice of Acceptance
All students accepted for admission to the University should receive an official
certificate of admission. The certificate of admission is valid only for the
semester indicated, and students who wish to be considered for any other
semester must notify the Admissions Office in writing prior to the designated
Admissions Advising and Counseling
It is the desire of the University to be of service to all who seek admission to
BYU regardless of their admissibility. For this reason, several sources of informa-
tion and counseling have been established to aid the student.
In most stakes of the Church, an alumnus of BYU has been called to act as
an admissions adviser. He is given special training and information which allows
him to aid students in the admission process, in applying for financial aid, in
consideration for the Honors Program, and so forth. These advisers also have
information about other Church schools and institutes.
The Office of Admissions Counseling also offers assistance to students who are
considering BYU and feel the need for professional guidance and evaluation.
If a student is not admissible, this office will point out for him those areas in
which he needs further qualification for admission or guide him to alternate
educational experiences. Or the student may be put in contact with the Church's
new Educational and Advisement Career Center. Any student who would like to
meet with an admissions coiinselor should contact the Admissions Counseling
Office, A-183 ASB.
The Office of School Relations is a service agency designed to assist both
high school and junior college students. In addition to providing information
for administrators and counselors in both public and private schools, this office
also arranges campus tours and interviews for interested students. Correspon-
dence should be addressed to the Office of School Relations, A-81 ASB.
Classification of Students. At the beginning of each semester, students are
classified for that semester as follows:
Credit hours earned Classification
Completion of the freshman composition requirements is prerequisite to classifi-
cation as a junior.
Engineering students with more than 128 semester hours are classified as
fifth-year professional students. A student who registers for nine hours of work
or fewer will be classified as a part-time student.
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Regular students who have completed all requirements for the bachelor's
degree and who are not seeking a second bachelor's degree are registered as
graduate students. Procedures for admission to the Graduate School are indicated
in the Graduate School Catalog.
Credits. A student may earn credit that will be recognized by the University
in the following ways:
1. Complete work in regular courses offered at BYU.
2. Complete courses by correspondence, in Evening Classes, or in off-campus
centers. All such courses taken by a currently enrolled student must have
the approval of the student's dean and will be considered part of his current
semester load. Credit earned through classes which constitute an unauth-
orized overload will not be allowed.
3. Transfer credit for courses completed at an accredited college to Brigham
Young University. Credit from other schools must be submitted for evalua-
tion to the Admissions Office, A-153 ASB, upon application for admission
to the University.
4. Pass a special examination in any course offered by the University, providing
the student has never been registered in the class, either for credit or audit.
The courses offered in the College of Religious Instruction are an exception
to this rule. Such credit will be given only with the joint consent of the
chairman of the department concerned and the dean of the college in which
the student is registered. A fee of $10 per credit hour is charged for special
examinations, but the total fee for any one subject never exceeds $60.
By paying an auditing fee, a student may obtain permission to audit
Grade-point averages are computed by assigning letter grades the following
The "A" grade is given only to those students whose intellectual capacity and
academic achievement are exceptional. Work of quality somewhat higher than
average, but not of exceptional quality, receives a "B." "C" indicates that the
student has completed classroom work, outside assignments, and examinations
in an average manner. Students who fail to reach the average academic achieve-
ment, but who do work of a quality still acceptable to the University, are given
a "D" grade. A "D" grade receives credit even though the work done is not
fully satisfactory. Students failing to achieve work of minimum University
quality receive an "E" grade, for which no credit is given.
If a student withdraws officially from a class during the first five weeks of a
semester, his permanent record will not show a registration for that class.
If a student properly withdraws from a class between the fifth and fourteenth
weeks, his record will be marked "W."
If a student discontinues attending a class at any time during the semester
without completing the official withdrawal procedures, he will receive a grade
of "UW" (Unofficial Withdrawal). A "UW" has the same negative value as an
"E" in the computation of grade-point averages.
The letter grade "I" (Incomplete) is used to indicate that the required work
for a class has not been completed. An "I" is given only when extenuating cir-
cumstances beyond the student's control make it impossible for him to complete
the required work within the prescribed time. The "I" is never given when a
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student is failing or has failed a course. If there is justification for an "I" grade,
the student has one year in which to effect a change without having to re-
register and pay for the course a second time. (Missionaries and servicemen
receive special consideration. ) The student should be aware that an incomplete
grade ("I") is computed in his grade-point average as a failing grade until
another grade has taken its place.
When a thesis or dissertation has been completed, one of the following grades
may be given: (1) an "E" for failure, or (2) a "P" for satisfactory completion.
The letter "P" (Passing) is also used in connection with the student teaching
program in the College of Education.
Once recorded in the Office of Admissions and Records, no final grade may
be changed except to correct the record when an error in calculation has been
made by the teacher, in posting by the Data Processing Department, or by the
Office of Admissions and Records. Changes may also be made through action by
the Academic Regulations and Procedures Committee. When such corrections
need to be made, an official "Grade Change Authorization" form must be com-
pleted and sent to the Records Office.
Semester grade reports are mailed at the end of each semester to students
who leave self-addressed, stamped envelopes with the Records Office. Grade
reports are also sent to the parents of freshman students who are under twenty-
one years of age and of all unmarried students who are on academic probation.
Repeating Classes. Classes may be repeated in the following waiys:
1. Repeat BYU courses at Brigham Young University.
2. Repeat at Brigham Young University courses taken at another university.
3. Repeat at another institution courses taken at that institution and have
the credit transferred to Brigham Young University.
When a class has been repeated, the grade used in the computation of the
student's grade-point average is the grade earned the last time the repeated
class was taken.
In order to be considered in good academic standing, students at Brigham Young
University are expected to attain the following minimum grade-point averages:
Freshmen (students with fewer than 32 semester hours of accumulated credit)
are required to maintain a grade-point average of 1.75 (C-).
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to maintain a grade-point average
of 2.00 (C) on all work beyond the first 31 semester hours of credit.
In order to receive a degree from Brigham Young University, a student must
have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 for all college work, in-
cluding transfer credit and all work completed at BYU.
Categories of jeopardized academic status are as follows:
Warning. A student whose BYU cumulative grade-point average is 2.00 (C) or
higher, but whose grade-point average for the last semester was below the
minimum required of him (1.75 for freshmen and 2.00 thereafter), will receive
Probation. A student whose record shows deficiencies in both his BYU cumulative
and his most recent semester's grade-point averages will be placed on academic
probation. While on academic probation, a student is subject to possible academic
suspension at the end of any semester in which he fails to decrease his deficiency
of grade points. Students who are on academic probation are expected to regu-
larly attend every class for which they are registered, unless extenuating cir-
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Suspension. A probationary student carrying a full load will be suspended from
the University if his cumulative record at BYU shows a shortage of grade points
from that required of him (a GPA of 1.75 for freshmen and 2.00 thereafter) and
he has not made a four grade-point improvement during his current semester.
A student, whether he is on probation or not, will be subject to suspension
if the Academic Standards Committee determines that he is deficient in his
When a student is academically suspended from the University, the Academic
Standards Committee may designate the fields in which preparatory work must
be completed in order for him to be readmitted.
A student who has been suspended from BYU for academic deficiencies may
qualify for readmission by complying with one of the following plans:
1. He may complete ten semester hours of Home Study or correspondence work
with a 2.50 grade-point average or higher in each course.
2. He may complete 15 credit hours or more, taken concurrently, at another
institution of higher learning, maintaining a grade-point average of 2.50 or
3. He may demonstrate to the Academic Standards Committee, during a per-
sonal interview when at all feasible —
a. that since being suspended from BYU he has completed preparatory
work or activity of an academic nature equivalent to one of the two
b. that there were extenuating circumstances, such as a major illness or
serious accident, that prevented him from having an equal opportunity