Lovely Rexburg is home to one of the best universities in Idaho. The Brigham Young University-Idaho campus features a rich and illustrious academic history along with some of the most sought after four year degrees. Campus life in the Intermountain West region is truly idyllic, with students being able to make the most of the natural surroundings and the vibrant community of Rexburg.
Most Idaho colleges are relatively new. BYU-Idaho is a notable exception with a history that stretches back to 1888. Of course, the institution wasn't known as BYU-Idaho then. It began as Bannock State Academy. Bannock State satisfied the educational needs of the children of the farmers who worked the surrounding countryside, but as the area flourished, it became clear that the educational institution needed to evolve. In 1915, at a time when there were not many colleges in Idaho, Rexburg became home to Ricks Academy, a junior college. The institution eventually became Ricks College before it became a four-year university, BYU-Idaho in 2001. Today, BYU-Idaho is a major fixture in the makeup of Rexburg's identity. About 15,000 students attend classes here, representing all 50 states and approximately 70 foreign nations.
The BYU-Idaho curriculum is sufficiently diverse to satisfy the needs of almost any student. Academic programs include 80 bachelor's degree programs and about a dozen associate degree options. On its 400 acre campus, BYU-Idaho houses 31 departments divided among seven distinct colleges. The university also has an online learning presence with students able to earn associate degrees and bachelor's degrees wholly or partially online. The various colleges at BYU-Idaho enable students to earn degrees in areas like the performing arts, business, physical science, engineering, language and agriculture.
BYU-Idaho benefits from being placed in the midst of the glorious Intermountain West Region. The campus itself features lovely gardens and green spaces to help students relax and unwind. Sleek, modern university buildings successfully blend with the campus' oldest buildings to create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Best of all, the local eastern Idaho region provides a gorgeous backdrop that students can also enjoy. Within a short distance, students have the chance to enjoy Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and several state parks. The result is endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Best of all, some BYU-Idaho classes take advantage of the close proximity of these wonderful natural areas to enhance classroom learning.
Like many college students, the students at BYU-Idaho are encouraged to become the best version of themselves. This happens through a combination of academic effort and social involvement. Students are devoted to their community both on and off campus. As a result, it's not unusual to see BYU-Idaho students being active in Rexburg events. When combined with the school's admirable honor code, this student involvement ensures the development of caring, concerned and active citizens.