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Returning Missionary Admission

BYU-Pathway Worldwide is pleased to guarantee admission for all individuals who have recently completed a full-time mission (including early release and service missions) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As returning missionaries make plans to start or return to university studies following their mission, BYU-Pathway offers a low-cost, flexible option for their spiritual and temporal higher education.


Tuition Discounts

Combined, returned missionaries can receive 35–75% off tuition!

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An Invitation for Returned Missionaries

Online. Accessible Worldwide.

BYU-Pathway offers interactive, career-oriented, online higher education to more than 60,000 students in 188 countries. Students begin with PathwayConnect, an affordable, one-year, online program that also features a weekly gathering that is facilitated at a local church building or virtually through online groups. Each semester, students take a light course load consisting of both academic and religious education.

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Certificates & Degrees

After completing PathwayConnect, students earn a job-ready certificate in less than a year as the first step toward earning a bachelor’s degree.

Offered through BYU-Pathway Worldwide and accredited through BYU-Idaho and Ensign College, certificate and degree programs are available in the areas of business, technology, communication, health, family studies, and professional studies. Forty certificate and degree programs are currently available.

Returned missionaries may also earn up to 12 free university credits for their missionary service!
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All young returning missionaries, including early release and service missionaries, are guaranteed a place at BYU-Pathway Worldwide. As part of the PathwayConnect admission requirements, applicants must:
  • Be capable of entry-level college academic work
  • Have daily access to a computer with high-speed internet and webcam/video chat capabilities
  • Pass an English language assessment as part of the application to PathwayConnect (if you are not a native English speaker) 1
    Applicants who don’t pass the assessment who scored a level of intermediate-mid or higher on the English OPIc exam (valid through the last year) may send their certificate for consideration to BYU-Pathway Support.

    Applicants who don’t score high enough on either assessment can apply for EnglishConnect, a low-cost English-language learning program designed to help members and non-members increase their English proficiency in a gospel-centered environment.
BYU-Pathway instigates that drive to progress and figure out what your next step is. It gives you a guide — a compass and a course — for where you want to go next in life.
Hyrum DeGering, Orem, Utah