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PathwayConnect lasts 1 year (3 academic semesters) and is designed to help students start or return to higher education at a very low cost.

By completing coursework online and gathering once a week with other local PathwayConnect students, students may later receive up to 15 credits that can be applied toward an online certificate or degree program from BYU-Idaho.


No Cost to Apply

No Standardized Test Scores (ACT/SAT)

No Worthiness Interview



  • Be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or have a close tie to the church. 1
  • Be at least 17 years old (with a high school diploma or equivalent) or over age 19 (with or without a high school diploma or equivalent)
  • Attend weekly gatherings during PathwayConnect (one full year)
  • Strive to live by the CES Honor Code
  • Complete an English language assessment (for non-native English speakers)
  • Be capable of entry-level college academic work
  • Have daily access to a computer with high-speed Internet and webcam/video chat capabilities
  • Live within a reasonable commuting distance of a PathwayConnect location
Individuals who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be considered for admission if they 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.


Dates & Deadlines

PathwayConnect is currently accepting applications for Spring Semester 2019, which begins in April. Applications for Fall Semester 2019 (which begins in September) are anticipated to open in mid-May.

Event Date
Last Day to Apply April 2
First Day of Online Classes April 22
First PathwayConnect Gathering April 25
Last Day of Semester July 25

Certificates & Degrees

Choose from 40 online certificate and degree programs offered from BYU-Idaho.



To become eligible for BYU-Pathway Worldwide's online certificate and degree programs (offered in partnership with BYU-Idaho), students must first meet one of the following requirements:

  • Successfully complete PathwayConnect with a 3.0 GPA or higher, OR
  • Earn a minimum of 15 on-campus credits at one of the colleges or universities operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (BYU, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, or LDS Business College)

Individuals who meet one of the above requirements may visit BYU-Idaho Online for details about how to apply to a certificate or degree program.

Individuals who do not meet one of these requirements should consider joining PathwayConnect, which provides a path for students to pursue a BYU-Idaho certificate or degree online.