Frequently Asked Questions

BYU-Pathway Worldwide
updated 3/14/2017

On February 7, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the creation of a new organization within the Church Educational System (CES) called BYU-Pathway Worldwide, with the current Pathway program being one of its core programs. More information is available at pathway.lds.org.

General Questions

What is Pathway (BYU-Pathway Worldwide)?

Pathway is a one-year, low-cost educational program that mixes the flexibility of online academic courses, religious education, and the benefits of weekly face-to-face gatherings with other students. (On February 7, 2017, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf announced the creation of a new organization within the Church Educational System called BYU-Pathway Worldwide, with the Pathway program being one of its core products.) Pathway helps students develop confidence, become self-reliant, and build leadership experience — all of which enhance students’ prospects for further education, employment, church service, and/or leading and supporting families. After students complete Pathway, they may continue working toward a degree by enrolling in a BYU-Idaho online degree program, attending a local school, entering the workforce, or pursuing a variety of other goals.

Two program versions are available: Standard (for native English speakers) and L (for non-native English speakers). To learn more about Pathway, visit pathway.lds.org.

When was Pathway created?

Pathway began in 2009 with 50 students in three United States locations: Nampa, Idaho; Mesa, Arizona; and Manhattan, New York. The first international locations were opened in 2011 in Puebla, Mexico; and Christiansborg, Ghana.

Where is Pathway’s home office?

Pathway’s administrative offices and employees are housed on the BYU-Idaho campus in Rexburg, Idaho, USA. Individual Pathway sites throughout the world are facilitated locally by service missionaries and ecclesiastical leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How many locations does Pathway operate in?

Visit our Facts & Stats page for current program data.

How many students are enrolled in Pathway?

Visit our Facts & Stats page for current program data.

How is Pathway able to offer education at such a low cost?

Because cost is the primary barrier that keeps people from pursuing higher education, Pathway is committed to keeping tuition costs reasonable and affordable. Following are some of the ways Pathway is able to keep tuition costs low:

  • Volunteers: Individual Pathway locations are facilitated by service missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This volunteer service saves Pathway millions of dollars in overhead costs.
  • Donations: Generous philanthropists donate millions of dollars to Pathway each year.
  • Courses: Pathway courses are delivered online.
  • Facilities: Weekly Pathway gatherings are facilitated at buildings owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Pathway is able to use them free of charge.

View current tuition rates.

What is the role of volunteer service missionaries in Pathway?

Each Pathway location volunteers who encourage, motivate, and care for the students. This volunteer service is often provided by one or more service missionary companionships. These volunteers inform prospective students about Pathway, guide applicants through Pathway’s enrollment process, and mentor students throughout their Pathway experience.

How do I request an interview or get a comment from Pathway?

Contact Pathway’s Communication team.

How can I get photos or videos related to Pathway?

Visit our Photos & Videos page to view and/or download a variety of media assets. If you need something that isn’t available online, contact Pathway Communications.