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BYU invites students to visit for summer

Brigham Young University President Merrill J. Bateman is inviting students from around the country to participate in BYU's Summer Visiting Student Program beginning this June.

The program is open specifically to high school graduates who are or will be actively pursuing a degree at another college or university. It is designed to provide non-BYU students with the opportunity of being part of the university's unique community, said Associate Academic Vice President John Tanner."While on campus, students in the program will not only enroll in college-level courses but will also enjoy a wide range of experiences that will be spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging and character building - all part of the aims of a BYU education statement," said Tanner.

"BYU has a strategic goal of blessing more students, and one way we can do this is to open our classes during the summer to students we're not otherwise able to serve. We are pleased the board (of trustees) has given us the authorization and the resources to extend our reach," he said. Students will need to complete a one-page application form available from the Admissions Office (A-153 ASB, BYU, Provo, UT 84602) and provide an ecclesiastical endorsement.

"The application deadline is June 1. However, since admission will take place on a first-come, first-served basis, students are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible," said Tanner.

Participation in the Summer Visiting Student Program will not lead to daytime enrollment for the fall semester, nor give participants special consideration for admission to BYU. Students who would like to enroll at BYU full time after participating in the program must apply through the regular admissions process and meet the regular application deadlines.

In order to support this new effort, the board of trustees has approved adding additional faculty and support staff.

Visiting students will have full access to the university.

"It is our intention," said Tanner, "to provide visiting students with an authentic BYU experience. Students will be expected to be serious about their studies and to observe the Honor Code. They also will be invited to participate in forums, devotionals, cultural events, campus wards and all aspects of campus life."

Limited on-campus housing will be available, but students will have access to ample off-campus housing close to the university. Students will also be encouraged to take "packages" of classes that meet their educational needs. These might include courses focused on general education, missionary preparation, languages for returning missionaries and others, and family science. Special advisement will be provided to help students who want to transfer their BYU credits to other schools.

BYU scholarships will not be available to visiting students, nor will short-term loans, Pell Grants or any of the Federal Family Education Loan programs. However, visiting students are eligible to work on campus.

High school students between their junior and senior year may attend university classes under the existing "concurrent enrollment" guidelines. This means that they must have completed their junior year of high school and have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher.

Students participating in the Visiting Student Program will be eligible to return to campus each summer, but a new application will be required each time.

Complete information on the new Visiting Student Program will soon be available on the Internet under the Prospective Student icon on the BYU home page: (www.byu.edu)