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School Spotlight: Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University
Emily Toffelmire

Written by Emily Toffelmireon December 21st, 2020

I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. As a school counselor, I assisted students in the college application process and wrote hundreds of letters of recommendation, while also helping them and their families cope with any emotional, social, and academic concerns throughout the year. I transitioned from the high school setting to the admissions office when I joined the University of Southern California as an assistant director, reading freshmen and transfer applications and collaborating on admission decisions for over 150 majors, including the liberal arts, engineering, business, cinema, and the fine and performing arts. I subsequently took on the role of senior assistant director in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where I coordinated the division's Mork, Stamps, Trustee, Presidential and Dean's merit scholarship selection process, as well as recruitment publications and outreach, and traveled everywhere from Honolulu to Miami presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.
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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school! School Spotlight: Brigham Young University Provo, UT Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University offers its 30,745 undergrads a wealth of academic opportunities, both on campus and off. Students can choose from approximately 187 degree options (including a BFA in animation, a BM in commercial music, a BS in public health, a BA in international relations) as well as 229 study abroad programs. In addition to offering traditional off-campus programs, BYU also features a wide range of international internship opportunities. Just imagine interning for a semester in Tokyo at an engineering firm, in Vienna at an art museum, or in Paris at a hotel! And to prepare for this cultural immersion, BYU supports foreign language instruction in more than 60 languages, from Tamil and Icelandic to Maori and Swahili. Students from every U.S. state are drawn to BYU, and the vast majority are members of the LDS church. Students interested in attending BYU who aren’t currently affiliated with the church can join, resulting in a significant tuition decrease; non-LDS students pay twice as much ($5,700 per semester) as their LDS peers. Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of BYU Photo/Brigham Young University Getting the Most Out of a College Visit


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