Missionary Age Change Decreases Enrollment at BYU–Idaho

Contributed By From the Church News

  • 28 October 2013

Sister missionaries serving in the Germany Berlin Mission hold up Church pamphlets and copies of the Book of Mormon. The increase in the number of young men and women volunteering to serve missions has affected enrollment at BYU–Idaho.  Photo by Kalyn Walker.

Article Highlights

  • In the past year BYU–Idaho has seen a 4.2 percent decrease in enrollment.

Statistics released for fall semester 2013 at Brigham Young University–Idaho show a total campus enrollment of 15,584 students, a decrease of approximately 4.2 percent over last fall’s campus enrollment of 16,262.

This decrease in enrollment reflects the anticipated impact from the change in missionary age eligibility announced by the Church in October 2012. Current projections indicate the missionary age change will continue to affect enrollment at BYU–Idaho through the middle of 2014.

Enrollment in the university’s online courses and programs continues to grow, making a BYU–Idaho education available to a greater number of students across the United States and around the world.

The number of enrolled students not on campus during fall semester 2013, including online and Pathway students, is 11,987. For fall semester 2012 that number was 6,882.

This semester the campus student body consists of 7,128 male students and 8,456 female students (45.7 percent and 54.3 percent respectively). The number of married students is 4,122, comprising 26.5 percent of the total campus student population.