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| | I transferred to BYU from Pima Community College with 24 credits and a 3.89 GPA, wrote a solid essay and got in just fine. Once in the school I worked my tail off to get accepted the accounting program, which is insanely competitive but well worth the effort. I got my associates at BYU-Idaho then transferred in. I believe it was due mostly to my essays that got me in. My ACT score of 27 was about average for getting in to BYU at the time I applied. Alot of people get in with ACT scores a lot lower than mine. Because the school has religious affiliations they are looking for students with a service orientation and high ethical standards. In your essays you can stress any community or church service you have done. Maybe tell of times you made a decision to be honest. Everything in the school: teacher/student relations, testing, etc is based on integrity. Good luck! Its worth the application.
For prospective students, I recommened concentrating on extracurricular activities and service. BYU likes diversified people, with lots of different experiences. They like well-rounded, balanced, active people. Academics can't hurt too--this is a very intellectual environment. In my high school, I was in the top 5%; at BYU, I was average. Be prepared to work hard. And show that determination on your transcript. Don't take cheesy bird courses--challenge yourself in high school and at other universities. Don't worry about the essay too much--they only use it as a last resort.
Most of all, prepare yourself morally. Everyone at BYU lives by the "Honor Code," where we dress modestly, live cleanly, and swear to be honest and chaste. If you are not already living these standards, you're going to have a tough time. Start now. BYU won't even look at you unless you have an ecclesiastical endorsement--an affadavit signed by a religious leader attesting to your moral astuteness.