2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Admissions

LDS Business College accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, gender, national origin, age, or disability, provided they have met the equivalent of high school graduation requirements and the ability to benefit; agree to abide by the Church Educational System (CES) Honor Code, including the Dress and Grooming Standards, and are otherwise qualified as determined by College policy. Qualified applicants are admitted based on educational goals and commitment to College policies and standards.

Students who qualify for admission are admitted after reaching age 17. All applicants must submit the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. This equivalency could be any of the following options:

  • High School diploma earned from a U.S. accredited public, private, or charter school
  • IB Diploma
  • GED, HiSET, or CHSPE passing testing
  • Diploma, certificate, or transcript showing completion of Home School program that is recognized by a state as evidence of High School Completion
  • Completion of secondary education (internationally) - must be evaluated by IERF or WES and determined to be a U.S. high school diploma equivalency

Non-native speakers must provide an English proficiency test. International applicants requiring an I-20 to be issued an F-1 visa must also adhere to all federal immigration and laws and regulations, including affidavit of financial support and submitting necessary payment prior to being issued an I-20.

Admission may be restricted by semester or department depending on College or program capacities.

Admissions Procedures

Prospective students may apply via the Internet at the Church Education System (CES) application website: apply.lds.org

All applicants will be required to complete an ecclesiastical recommendation as part of their admissions application.

  • Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints applicants will need to meet with the bishop of the ward where their records reside and a member of their stake presidency.
  • Those who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints applicants will need to complete an initial interview with their own clergy or an LDS bishop and then have a follow-up interview with the LDSBC Chaplain, Jeffrey Rowland at 801-524-1923 or via email: rowlandjl@ldschurch.org.

Application Fee

There is a one-time $35.00 application fee. CES admission application does not accept fee waivers.

Application Materials

Applicants are to be honest and forthright in providing all education history (from domestic and international institutions). Any student who fails to provide correct information will be denied admissions.

CES has a central processing center so all admissions application materials, including test scores for all CES schools (LDSBC, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, and BYU) should be sent to:

CES Admissions Processing 
A-41 ASB
Provo, UT 84602
Phone (801) 422-2507

Application Deadlines

Applications must have all application material submitted or postmarked on or before the established deadlines listed below. For information on other application deadlines, please contact admissions@ldsbc.edu.

Semester  Application Deadlines
Fall 2019 (September 16 - December 18) International Applicants: August 1, 2019
Domestic Applicants: September 1, 2019
Winter 2020 (January 8 - April 9) International Applicants: November 15, 2019
Domestic Applicants: December 15, 2019
Spring 2020 (April 20 - July 23) International Applicants: March 1, 2020
Domestic Applicants: April 1, 2020

Applicant Types

Domestic and International students will select one applicant type on the admission application.

  • Freshman: The applicant has not completed any College or University work AFTER completing high school or a GED.
  • Transfer with fewer than 24 credits: The student has completed fewer than 24 credits of College or University work after completing high school or a GED.
  • Transfer with more than 24 credits: The student has completed more than 24 credits of College or University work after completing high school or a GED.
  • Former student with no additional credit: The student has earned credits from LDSBC and has not attended any other College or University since last attending LDSBC (If completed a certificate or degree at LDSBC, select post-degree applicant type).
  • Former student with additional credit:  The student has earned credits from LDSBC and has attended another College or University (If completed a certificate or degree at LDSBC, select the post-degree applicant type).
  • Post-Degree Applicant: has completed a degree or certificate at LDSBC or an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate degree from any other College or University.
  • Visiting Student Applicant: any student wishing to enroll for a single semester to take courses. There is no financial aid available.

Notification of Application Status and Admission

Applicants can track their status and view their admission decision online at apply.lds.org. Admission decisions are usually made no later than four to six weeks after the final application deadline.

International Students Admissions

In addition to the standard application materials listed above, international students and U.S. citizens educated outside the United States (except most international American schools) must provide the following:

  • High school transcripts and, if applicable, college or university transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation agency as part of the application process. LDSBC accepts evaluations from World Education Services/ WES (www.wes.org) and International Education Research Foundation/IERF (https://www.ierf.org/uni-evaluation/byu-ces/. IERF is preferred. These evaluations must show evidence of a U.S. high school diploma equivalency.
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Cambridge): International and US students not educated in an English language curriculum are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting minimum scores on one of the exams listed below. In certain cases, these exams may be required of students educated in an English language curriculum as well. Official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Cambridge English results are required of applicants from non-English speaking countries or U.S. citizens whose high school education was not in English. The minimum score requirements are as follows: (subject to change)

Effective September 1, 2017, LDSBC does not accept the Michigan MELAB or the Michigan Internexus tests.

Subject Area/Sub Scores  Reading Listening  Speaking Writing  Composite
TOEFL (IBT) 17 16 16 17 66
IELTS 6.0 6.0 5.5 5.0 6.0
Pearson's PTE 47 45 45 47 46
Cambridge English - 
Advanced Placement Test (CAE) or
Proficiency Test (CPE)
169 169 162 154 169

International Student Deposit

In order for students to be successful academically at LDS Business College, they must also be financially prepared. All international students (those in F-1 status) are required to pay a deposit as follows:

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be required to pay $5,000 USD and those students who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be required to pay $7,500 USD to the LDSBC cashier’s office following notification of their admission. Students will not be able to register for classes, nor will the I-20 be created until the deposit is paid and all other documents are received. The registration hold will be removed once all required documents and full deposit are received.  There is no option for students to pay a portion of the deposit.  A full deposit is required.

At LDSBC, the deposit will be held in escrow with the intent that it will assist the student to begin school.  Students who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may access up to $3,000 and students who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may access up to $5,500 to be applied towards their fees and tuition. The remaining $2,000, which is set aside for the student as an emergency fund, is for the purchase of a plane ticket to return to their home country.

Homeschool Applicants

Home school students who qualify for admission are admitted after reaching age 17, or after the graduation date of their traditional high school class. Students must submit the equivalent of a high school diploma. The following are the equivalent of a high school diploma:

  • Diploma, certificate, or transcript showing completion of home school program that is recognized by a state as evidence of high school completion
  • A GED Certificate
  • Evidence of a passing score on tests recognized by the state and similar to the GED, such as the High School Equivalency Test or HiSET and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion or TASC

High School Transcript Verification

For students who have completed their high school work at a U.S.-accredited institution, the applicant will need to self-report their high school GPA. However, the admissions office reserves the right to request a transcript to verify high school completion and GPA at random as well as in the event that conflicting information may be present in the application. If a transcript is required, it will be indicated on your status screen or from the admissions@ldsbc.edu email address.

BYU-Pathway Worldwide Students

LDSBC welcomes PathwayConnect students to apply for admissions.  On the admissions application, applicants will enter Pathway Program as an institution in their educational history and provide their Pathway transcript and any additional materials required as outlined in the admissions application.  PathwayConnect applicants will follow the regular admission process and are subject to the same admission requirements for all applicants.  The PathwayConnect transcript does not take the place of the high school equivalency or the English Proficiency requirements.  Admission is not guaranteed for Pathway students.

PathwayConnect Transfer Guide

LDSBC will accept nine (9) credit hours of elective credit and six (6) credit hours of religion from the student’s PathwayConnect experience.  LDSBC’s partnership with PathwayConnect gives students a wide range of educational and career options.  The degrees offered through LDSBC accommodate students who want to transfer to BYU-Idaho or other higher educational institutions.

PathwayConnect Course LDSBC Transfer Guide
GS 120: Pathway Life Skills
Elective credit (3)
GS 120L: Pathway English & Life Skills
Elective credit (3)
MATH 100G: Personal Finance
Elective credit (3)
MATH 100L: English Language and Personal Finance
Elective credit (3)
ENG 106: Basic Writing
Elective credit (3)
ENG 106L: English Language and Basic Writing
Elective credit (3)
FDREL 275: Teachings & Doctrine of the Book of Mormon
Cornerstone Religion, but not College Religion Residency Hours
FDREL 250: Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel
Cornerstone Religion, but not College Religion Residency Hours
FEDREL 200: The Eternal Family
Cornerstone Religion, but not College Religion Residency Hours

PathwayConnect students are encouraged to contact the Student Development Center (801-524-8151) and schedule an appointment with an LDSBC academic advisor to plan their course of study and create a graduation plan.