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6 Tips to Navigate the Online Degree Application

Applying for an online degree program doesn’t have to be complicated — follow these tips to help the process go smoothly

Pursuing an online degree from BYU-Idaho or Ensign College, supported by BYU-Pathway, is an exciting step, but you might have questions about how to successfully complete the application. We’re here with tips to help you have the smoothest application experience.

1. Read the admission requirements

Learning about the application process can make a big difference.

To begin your application process, carefully read the admission requirements . Take time to understand what you need to do to qualify to enroll:

  • Agree to live by the CES Honor Code
  • Be in good standing (academic and financial) at any institution of higher learning previously attended
  • Pay off any previous tuition you owe
  • Earned a minimum 3.0 program GPA in PathwayConnect academic courses (PC 101/102/103).

2. Apply on time!

Pay attention to key dates in the academic calendar , like application deadlines and when the next term starts and ends. After you enroll, you’ll be able to see additional dates in your student portal, such as when you can register for courses.

When applying, it’s important you submit all of the required documentation quickly so you can finish the application by the deadline. This includes transcripts, high school diplomas, and English proficiency test scores (if required). Follow the instructions in the application to know where and how to submit each document.

3. Work with your peer mentor

Peer mentors are current BYU-Pathway students who provide guidance, support, and answers to your questions. They’ve completed the application before, so they’re a great option to help you! If they can’t answer your question, they will connect you with a support agent who can.

Alexandra Cardoso

“Many doubts arise along the way, and I feel that the peer mentor is the closest person to help with these issues. It is also someone who is there, almost by your side, to support you and cheer for your success.”
Alexandra Cardoso, Brazil

4. Get an ecclesiastical endorsement

Meeting with ecclesiastical leaders can be a uplifting experience.

When you apply for an online degree program, you must complete an ecclesiastical endorsement interview to discuss your willingness to follow the CES Honor Code. Plan to meet with your ecclesiastical (or church) leader in advance and prepare for those meetings; they are a great resource to ask questions and discuss your goals. You will complete this interview again every year, typically around May or June.

5. Save your progress regularly

There’s no better resource that can tell you how much progress you have made in your application than the application itself. Every time you complete a section of the application, remember to click “Save and Continue” before moving on. This guarantees the information you entered is saved correctly.

6. Learn about the decision process

Once you have completed the application and submitted the required documents, your application will be reviewed. This process may take up to three weeks. You can see your admission decision in two ways:

  • You will be notified via email, so check your email regularly (your spam folder too!). 
  • You can go to your application and click on “Decision” at the very bottom of the page.

What are you waiting for? Apply now!