Applying to PathwayConnect
How and when can I apply for PathwayConnect?
Applying to PathwayConnect is simple. Click here for instructions and deadlines.
What are the requirements to participate in PathwayConnect?
To view a list of requirements to participate in PathwayConnect, visit our Apply to PathwayConnect page.
How old must I be to participate in PathwayConnect?
Applicants who are 17 and 18 years old are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent to be admitted to PathwayConnect, while those ages 19+ are not required to have these credentials. Applicants younger than age 17 are not eligible for admission, except in certain international locations.
Do I need a high school diploma (or equivalent) to enroll in PathwayConnect?
Applicants who are 17 and 18 years old are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent to be admitted to PathwayConnect, while those ages 19+ are not required to have these credentials.
Can high school students enroll in PathwayConnect?
No, students under age 19 must have completed high school (or an equivalent) to be eligible to enroll in PathwayConnect.
Do I need an ecclesiastical endorsement to participate in PathwayConnect?
No, PathwayConnect students do not need an ecclesiastical endorsement (worthiness interview with a bishop) to participate in the program. However, students who enroll at BYU-Idaho after PathwayConnect, either on campus or as an online student, will need to obtain an endorsement at that time.
Can people who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints join PathwayConnect?
Yes, but these applicants must have a close tie to the Church, such as having a family member, friend, or other close acquaintance who is a member of the Church; actively learning about the Church; or attending church meetings. They also must meet all other PathwayConnect admission requirements.
I previously earned an associate or bachelor's degree. Can I still join PathwayConnect?
Yes. While PathwayConnect is primarily designed to help students with little or no previous college or university experience, admission is open to any member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
How/where can I find my Membership Record Number (MRN)?
Your MRN can be found on your temple recommend, individual ordinance summary, or through a ward clerk or other Church leaders.
When will I know if I'm admitted?
Many students receive an instant admissions decision as part of the application process. Other students may have to complete additional tasks before being admitted and will receive an email when an admissions decision has been made.
I missed the application deadline. Can I still be admitted?
Applicants who miss the application deadline will need to wait until the next available start date. To find out the next time PathwayConnect will begin in an area, applicants should contact their local Pathway missionaries.
Rare exceptions to the application deadline are made for full-time missionaries who return home after a deadline has passed and for other similar extenuating circumstances. Applicants who want to be considered for a special exception must submit a request.
How do I register for classes?
Students entering their first semester of PathwayConnect are automatically registered for their courses when they accept their offer of admission.
Students entering their second and third semesters register for their courses by signing in at byupathway.lds.org. During the course registration period each semester, students will see an item in their "To Do" list prompting them to enroll in next semester's courses. Students can click the link and follow the directions provided.
Which course(s) do I take?
Students can sign in at byupathway.lds.org and view their current courses and see which courses they will take in the future.
What is the deadline to register for courses?
The deadline for a student to register for next semester's courses is 21 days before the first day of classes.
What happens if I miss the deadline to register for courses?
Students who miss the course registration deadline will not be able to participate in PathwayConnect during the upcoming semester. They may, however, rejoin PathwayConnect in a future semester. Students in this situation should contact Pathway Support to discuss options.
Rare exceptions to the course registration deadline are made for missionaries who return home after a deadline has passed and for other similar extenuating circumstances. Applicants who want to be considered for a special exception must submit a request.
English Language Assessment
What is the English Language Assessment included in Pathway’s application?
The English Language Assessment measures an applicant's English skill level. Because PathwayConnect courses are entirely in English, applicants must achieve an intermediate-mid English level before participating in PathwayConnect. Applicants who need to take the evaluation are identified during the PathwayConnect application process. Applicants take the evaluation as part of the application.
A student's assessment determines if he or she may join PathwayConnect. Applicants who are admitted will be assigned to a program version:
- Standard (for individuals who are fluent in English)
- L (for individuals with intermediate-low English proficiency)
Why do I have to take an English Language Assessment?
Because PathwayConnect's courses are entirely in English, some applicants are required to take an English Language Assessment. This will help identify their English skill level and ability to succeed in PathwayConnect.
Can I take the English Language Assessment more than once?
Yes, but applicants may only take the assessment once every 60 days.
I didn't score high enough to join PathwayConnect. Can I retake the English Language Assessment at a later date?
Yes, applicants who didn’t score high enough to be admitted to PathwayConnect may retake the assessment once every 60 days.
Are there resources available to help me improve my English?
Yes, the following free resources are available:
- Learn English by watching videos: http://videoenglish.wordpress.com
- Randall's ESL cyber listening lab: http://esl-lab.com
- Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com
- USA Learns: http://www.usalearns.org
- Online English placement test: http://esltutor.net/quick-placement-test
Do I have to start all over if I cannot attend a semester of PathwayConnect?
No, students keep all credits they obtain from completed PathwayConnect courses. Students who take one or more semesters off will need to reapply when they decide to rejoin PathwayConnect. Students in this situation should contact Pathway Support for additional information and details.
I attended PathwayConnect previously and didn't finish. How do I get back in?
Students who take one or more semesters off will need to reapply when they decide to rejoin PathwayConnect. Students in this situation should contact Pathway Support for additional information and details.