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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 25 2011 1:00 p.m. MST

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Bloomington, IN

That headline ought to drive a few folks up north crazy.

I love it though.

Lux et Veritas
Draper, UT

and Georgia Southern and the University of Alaska are both more "popular" than Yale, which clearly means they are better schools.

Saint George, UT

I'm sure being a Mormon school has nothing to do with this either.....

Mount Olympus
Holladay, UT

Don't forget Idaho State and North Dakota are in the top 10.

If someone wants to go to BYU then they apply and most likely get accepted and go there. BYU accepts 78% of applicants.
If someone wants to go to Harvard, most likely they don't. Harvard only accepts 5.9% of applicants. If someone wants to go to Stanford, good luck to them, as Stanford only accepts 9% of applicants.

If BYU was America's most popular school, they would have many, many more people applying to go there, and not be able to accept 78% of applicants.

Iowa City, IA

Ahhh this is just so hillarious, I can just see eyes popping out of the heads of trolls right now, pacing back in forth, cussing everything BYU and Mormon as they go. Whoever typed this headline has been laughing for over an hour now.

Heads are exploding everywhere trying to think of a way to put a negative spin on this...I really feel sorry for the trolls today.

Cedar Hills, UT

wasn't BYU the most hated school in America according SI a few years ago?? Now the Y is the most popular. Wow, other than the menu at the Cougar Eat, what's changed???

ute alumni
Salt Lake, UT

mt. oly:

Lots of people do not want to go to the Y as there are both academic and moral codes that many do not want to deal with. You must have gone to Harvard.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

What it means is more people prefer BYU than the others... it's interesting that the school in Salt Lake doesn't make the list.. at all.

and it means that lots and lots of kids grow up wanting to attend the Y.. some are unable to and end up at the U of U or some other school. But it doesn't make those schools bad. It's just a good reflection on the Y !!!

It's always good to be a Cougar!

Big Daddy Ute
Logan, UT

Hmmmmm, lets see here. If I am Mormon, BYU is the largest Mormon school. I love being a Mormon and I want to be with other Mormons, and learn beside other Mormons. I apply at BYU, my dream school. I get accepted. You bet your butt I am going. The headline is misleading and this stat has no value whatsoever as to how popular BYU is outside of the Mormon community.

Holladay, UT

and the Big12 and Pac12 still don't want them?

Murray, UT

Only the Deseret News would publish such a meaningless survey. I bet I won't find it in the New York Times, Washington Post or the Los Angeles Times. Although, maybe President Obama will mention the results in his State of the Union address tonight. It is obviously so earth shattering. Maybe the Nobel Prize Committee in Stockholm, Sweden should look into it.

Layton, UT

As a Utah and BYU fan - both in academics and sports ...
I would just like to say - would all you moronic hater types quit bashing someone elses school, grow up or just go away.

Layton, UT

come on people if you don't have something nice to say ... then don't say anything at all.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Everyone knows that the Pac 12 and Big 12 don't want schools that refuse to play on Sunday. Since Utah has no standards, they fit right in. I should know, I went to Utah. They truly have no moral code and I've never heard of anyone who couldn't get past the academic standards (what academic standards?). I've even known people who got accepted at Utah who never even graduated from high school.

Fortunately, I was able to tranfer and graduate from BYU. It was like coming out of the darkness into the light.

BYU is truly a special place with outstanding students and faculty. Many people want to go there and can't get accepted. That's why UVU has gotten so huge. Many students are there to get their GPA up so they can transfer into BYU. If not, they want to be in the BYU environment.

From a grateful alum.....Go COUGS!!!

Yakima, WA

This has nothing to do with BYU being an LDS school and Deseret News being an organ of the LDS church?

As for the faulty and simplistic "statistics" of this article, go back and read comments by alert reader "Mount Olympus."

C'mon, DN. We need people reporting the real news. Lots of things are happening in the big world. Report them.

Eagle Mountain, UT

What this means is that many people apply to the U as a back-up plan. If they don't get into one of their preferred choices, they go to the U of U. If BYU is one of the ones that accepted them, they are more likely to go there over the other schools that accepted them.

Salt Lake City, UT

"That headline ought to drive a few folks up north crazy."

Not at all because we're familiar with the reason why this is the case. It's not academic rank (like Harvard) nor is it "it's the only school within 200 miles of home" like those Alaska or North Dakota ones. This is purely because of the LDS culture and how BYU provides something that is highly valued to about 1-2% of the US population and no other school (other than other BYUs) can provide. Those who want that sort of thing target BYU and choose it if they get in, those who don't just plain don't apply to BYU at all, so you get a really high percentage acceptance rate. That's all, nothing that a Ute like me should be upset about.

Salt Lake City, UT


"wasn't BYU the most hated school in America according SI a few years ago?? Now the Y is the most popular. Wow, other than the menu at the Cougar Eat, what's changed???"

Probably nothing, the hated school in America title is won by being hated by everyone outside of the school. The metric used here to define popularity is the rate that students given offers accept the offer to come here. It's a completely different standard used for the two things so technically a school could be most hated and most liked at the same time.

Iowa City, IA

Although my profession leaves me more interested in the rankings of specific programs instead of universities as a whole, I still find the latest rankings to be quite interesting. Here are excerpts of how the Utah schools compare:

Rank: 75
Fall 2009 Acceptance Rate: 69%
Tuition and Fees: $4,420

University of Utah
Rank: 129
Fall 2009 Acceptance Rate: 80%
Tuition and Fees (In-State): $6,274

Utah State University
Rank: 170
Fall 2009 Acceptance Rate: 98%
Tuition and Fees (In-State): %5,150

Salt Lake City, UT


Rankings can be relative though, dependent on scheme used to calculate them. For instance in the worldwide Shanghai rankings the U of U was 82nd globally (47th in US) and BYU was in the 301-400 range globally (112-137th in US). So I have to take both rankings with a grain of salt. Which ranking system is closer to the truth? *shrugs* No clue. It's probably in between the two. They're both very good schools.

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