BYU welcomes one of largest, highest-achieving freshman classes


BYU officials released on Aug. 31 information about the university’s freshman class of 2016, which includes some of the brightest students in the world.

For the second year in a row, more than 13,000 students applied to BYU — the highest application numbers in the history of the university — and the 7,200 students who were admitted make up one of the university’s most accomplished incoming classes to date.

The average ACT score for the entire class was 29.2 (54 had a perfect 36 score) and the average GPA was 3.85. Some 22 percent, more than a fifth of new students, came to BYU with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

In addition, 870 of the new students, or 16 percent, were ranked No. 1 in their graduating class. More than 20 percent were in the top 5 percent of their class.

Also, more than 70 percent of students played a high school sport, with nearly 30 percent of them serving as captain, and about 80 percent performed in musical groups, dance troupes, plays or concerts. And more than 80 percent were employed during high school or the summer.

While these numbers are remarkable, they do not represent the requirements for admission — they are just a few highlights of the entire entering class. BYU considers a variety of factors in a holistic review of each applicant, taking into consideration academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership, other talents and much more.