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Why BYU Math?

BYU is ranked:
#1 – School in Utah for Mathematics – College Factual
#9 – Universities with alumni who complete a PhD in Mathematics – National Science Foundation, 2022
#10 – Mathematics Schools in the West – U.S. News & World Report
#34 – Best Colleges for Math – Niche, 2023
#53 – Best Applied Mathematics Schools – Plexuss, 2023
#67 – Best Schools for Mathematics – College Factual

With an enrollment of nearly 30,000 full-time students, Brigham Young University, founded in 1875 as Brigham Young Academy, is one of the nation’s largest private universities and ranks 7th in the nation among all undergraduate institutions for the number of alumni who successfully complete a PhD in mathematics or statistics.

Over 50% of our faculty members have received university, college or national teaching and research awards for a total of 15 who have received teaching awards and 17 who have received research awards.

We encourage student participation in weekly colloquia, department contests, research programs, and seminars in over 10 different fields. Our department is one of the top math departments in the nation for mentoring undergraduate students in mathematics research. Our success in doing this resulted in a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to teach other universities across the nation how to successfully help undergraduate students do research in mathematics. In the past four years, faculty in the BYU Mathematics Department have been awarded more than $2,675,000 in competitive, national grants for use in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in research. In 2008 alone, the Mathematics Department spent over $600,000 to financially support BYU undergraduate students in doing research.

BYU placed 7th among over 500 colleges in the 2012 Putnam Mathematical Competition, an annual competition for the brightest mathematical student minds in the country, and we placed 9th the following year. In 2022, we secured 11th place. These results showcase BYU’s commitment to excellence in mathematics.