Message for freshman from BYU President


By Cecil O. Samuelson, President, Brigham Young University

Dear New Students:

Welcome to Brigham Young University! You are now embarking upon a journey of spiritual and secular learning that will strengthen your own personal growth and development.

I encourage you to make the most of your experience at BYU by immersing yourself in New Student Orientation and other activities throughout the year. Learn all you can about BYU’s rich heritage and vast opportunities, and make new friends. Students at BYU represent all 50 states and more than 120 countries, so enjoy the diversity on campus.

Prepare yourself mentally and spiritually for demanding, yet exhilarating course work. Commit yourself to living fully BYU’s Honor Code, knowing that it reflects your personal integrity and our foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Be sure to become involved in your student ward or local congregation and make the time and effort to attend campus Devotionals and Forum assemblies.

BYU’s mission supports the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as we strive “to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life.” Our mission statement and the “Aims of a BYU Education” can be found online at http:// In the AIMS document, you will note that BYU “seeks to develop students of faith, intellect and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives.” As your president, I am committed to upholding this charge — one I view as an inspired vision that will lead you and this university to even greater heights.

At the entrance of campus, you will see a sign that reads, “Enter to learn, Go forth to serve.” During your time at BYU, your divine gifts and capabilities will be refined and your discoveries will serve you, your family, and your community throughout your life. I believe that together, with the faculty and staff, we will accomplish Brigham Young’s desire to see this institution not only affect the course of higher education but also the world in which we live. Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.

Sincerely yours,

Cecil O. Samuelson

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