The Office of Undergraduate Education supervises and fosters essential university-wide elements of the baccalaureate: General Education, Honors Program, First-Year Experience, and First-Year Mentoring. These interrelated programs together promote and champion teaching and learning within an integrated university education. They aim to enrich the educational experience and to benefit the life of each undergraduate student.
The Office of First-Year Experience (FYE) facilitates new students' transition to university life. This includes helping new students 1) make connections with peers and university personnel, 2) become acquainted with campus resources, and 3) improve their sense of purpose and motivation by increasing their understanding of BYU's unique mission and history. These efforts span the time between students' admission notification through the end of their first year on campus. Some of the FYE activities that help students transition to university life include Jumpstart, New Student Orientation, First-Year Seminar (UNIV 101), and the First-Year Arts Card program.
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 during 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 reserves seats in high demand General Education classes and provides each new student with the support of an individual peer mentor based on their registration in the mentored course. All new students are expected to enroll in a mentored course during fall semester (and if they choose to attend summer term).
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. Additionally, peer mentors work closely with the faculty members who teach mentored courses and facilitate relationships between students and the instructors.
Winter Semester (January – April):
The mentoring relationships established during fall and summer continue through periodic follow-up interviews during January through February.
Although there are no mentored courses or reserved seats 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; however, access to mentored courses are reserved for freshmen. Students transferring to BYU will be contacted prior to their arrival in order to request a mentor.
The University Honors Program is open to all capable, motivated undergraduate students who wish to broaden their education through interdisciplinary study and deepen it by producing original research in their home discipline. Especially welcome are students who seek both knowledge and wisdom, who want to use their intellect to build their faith and their faith to strengthen their intellect, and who bring a sense of curiosity, humility, and courage to their education. The breadth and depth of an Honors education develops leadership qualities and encourages the integration of faith, intellect, and character. The central focus of the program is the study of big or "great" questions (e.g., justice, human agency and responsibility). Coursework teaches and models for students modes of intellectual inquiry that draw on the knowledge and skills of different disciplines, that are open to discovering "unexpected connections" between those disciplines, and that lead to a deeper, more careful and precise understanding of the questions we seek to answer (and have sought to answer for millennia). "University Honors" is a distinction awarded to any graduate of BYU who has met the Honors requirements; see the Honors Program section of this catalog for details. It will be recorded on the student's university diploma, on the official transcript of grades, and in the graduation program.
National Scholarships, Fellowships, and Programs
The National Scholarships, Fellowships, and Programs office (NSFP) assists students in finding and applying for national, externally-funded, merit-based, competitive scholarships and fellowships, mostly for graduate study, but some for undergraduate language and research opportunities, as well as certain summer and study abroad programs.
The NSFP office at BYU:
- seeks students who are qualified, interested, and ready to apply for graduate school merit scholarships.
- informs students about opportunities and requirements for competitive scholarships.
- supports and assists students in preparing application materials for merit scholarships.
The NSFP office works with a palette of about 30 scholarships and fellowships that changes from time to time. Students are encouraged to review the online information describing scholarships relevant to their educational and career objectives at nsfp.byu.edu, and to contact Fred Pinnegar in 350D Maeser Building (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.