Colleges with Large Mormon Populations

Colleges with large Mormon populations range from those affiliated with the Latter Day Saints church to public institutions. Discover more about five such schools.

Several colleges are directly related to the Mormon, or Latter Day Saints (LDS), denomination. Others traditionally attract a study body with a large Mormon presence. Although not all of these schools are affiliated with the Church, they each tend to emphasize service learning.

School Comparison

Four of the following schools are located in Utah, while one is situated in Virginia. Two are directly associated with the Mormon Church.

School Name Institution Type Location Denomination In-State, Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Brigham Young University-Provo 4-year, Private not-for-profit Provo, UT Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) $5,460
LDS Business College 2-year, Private not-for-profit Salt Lake City, UT Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) $3,340
Snow College 4-year, Public Ephraim, UT Not Applicable $3,692
Southern Virginia University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Buena Vista, VA Not Applicable $15,900
Dixie State University 4-year, Public Saint George, UT Not Applicable $5,080

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Overview of Schools with Large Mormon Populations

All of the following schools are attended by many students who follow the Mormon faith. Brigham Young University and LDS Business College are associated with the LDS Church. Snow College and Dixie State University were founded by the Mormon Church.

Brigham Young University-Provo

Brigham Young University's aims include instilling a lifelong passion for service and learning, and this school helps students live the ideals of the Mormon faith. This main campus of BYU offers a variety of majors, including marketing, technology and engineering studies, and nursing. Students can attend devotional sessions on Tuesday mornings. The Center for Service and Learning offers 70 programs for which students may volunteer. Other student organizations include an architecture club, an amateur radio club, and the Business in Health Professions club. Potential students may be interested to know that BYU also has campuses in Idaho and Hawaii.

LDS Business College

LDS Business College offers certificates and associate's degrees in various areas of business and technology, in addition to fields such as health, interior design and paralegal studies. The college's Student Development Center offers academic advising, counseling, and mentoring services to aid students in their journey. The LDS Business College mission is predicated on following the ideals of the Mormon Church. Students can explore their faith through song by joining the BC Choir, which performs at some of the Tuesday devotionals.

Snow College

The Mormon Church founded Snow College in 1888 and remained involved until 1931 when the college became a public institution through the state of Utah. Although no larger affiliated with the church, Snow retains a large Mormon student population due to its geographic location and commitment to learning and service. Students can earn associate's degrees in areas like business, applied science, and fine arts. Bachelor's degrees are available in music and software engineering. The college's Civic Engagement and Service Learning Program combines classroom learning with hands-on volunteer projects. Students can participate in clubs for engineering, creative writing, or the Pulse Christian club.

Southern Virginia University

Southern Virginia University offers bachelor's degrees in areas like classical studies, theatre, computer science, and history. Although not officially associated with the Mormon Church, Southern Virginia University closely aligns with the ideals of the Mormon Church, with 9 out of 10 students participating in the faith, according to the school's website in 2018. Southern Virginia University offers many music ensembles for students, such as a pep band, orchestra, and a commercial music ensemble.

Dixie State University

The Mormon Church was involved with Dixie State University until 1935 when the State Board of Education took over due to funding issues. Although now a public institution, the university retains a large Mormon population with its commitment to academic excellence and service leadership. Dixie offers a student government association and a Student Life branch that organizes events like dances and concerts. Bachelor's degrees are available in areas like chemistry and communication studies, with a master's degree available in accountancy.


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