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Published: Monday, Aug. 29 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

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no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Now how will they ever determine who is the "Most Religious".
People in this state have a never ending contest going.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

no fit in SG:
arizona is close a good place to relocate. you might want to consider that

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Not what a top athlete recruit wants to hear. Not many athletes trying to get into the the most religious programs. It's the most athletic programs where kids want to go.

Eagle Mountain, UT

You are so close to getting it sometimes. BYU wants the athletes that want to go to the most religious program in the country. They have been getting better recruits / commitments the last few years BECAUSE of this, not in spite of this as you would like to believe. They are getting some very good LDS and non-LDS athletes.
You say the same thing on every BYU article and are oblivious to the fact that you are wrong each time.

Ann Arbor, MI

"They have been getting better recruits / commitments the last few years BECAUSE of this"


Can you quantify this statement? It appears to be exactly the same as it's been every year. No more no less.

Mesa, AZ

Chris B

So now you are saying that religious people are not athletes?

First they are too white, now they are too religious?

Dude, just comment that you hate BYU on every article. Don't hide behind "veiled arguments" about race, and religion to try to justify your hatred.

Man up.

Castle Rock, CO

I don't think that ranking means much. After all, in the NT if you asked people who were the most religious I bet the answer would have been the Sadducees and Pharisees. However, I don't think anyone would think that was benefitting them at all when Jesus called most of the hypocrits.

That said, I thought the people at BYU were overall great folk (much like I think people in general are) but I just wanted to say that being "most religious" doesn't really mean much.

RE: Chris B
Good thing BYU's mission statement isn't to put the best football program in the nation on the field (although we did that in 1984). Sports are a side focus at BYU. We have greater ties that bind at BYU outside of sports.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

Congratulations to BYU and to all the schools where there seems to be a higher level of committment to God, Country, Family and service to others. Congratulations also to all students wherever they may be and whatever religion they may espouse as they are committed to good living and high morals which honor their God.

It gives one faith in new generations to know there are many students who worship God rather than worshipping the weekend or spring break Beer Bongs, Rave parties, sexual conquests etc.

True school spirit is not in the stadium or on the hardwoods but in the character of the students who attend classes each day. Again congratulations to all students who live a higher standard wherever they attend school.


BYU being number one as the most religous and the most cold sober school are only some of the reasons I rate BYU as the number one college available. The enviroment to which these kids are able to live in is a big thing. Life is much more than sports and BYU helps the kids develop in all areas, the most important being spiritual. BYU is the best, keep it up.

Provo, Ut

"Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints constitute just under 99 percent of the student body, but are not the only religiously affiliated students represented at BYU 305 of the 32,947 students enrolled at BYU during 2010 were affiliated with a range of religious traditions including Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism."

An article that notes the ratio's above, should take care when expressing the "impressiveness" of BYU's 17/20 year ranking as the "most religious" in the student body makeup. In fact, what is impressive is that notwithstanding the fact that BYU is Mormon school where 99% of the student population is Mormon, other schools have managed to outrank 3 years out of 20. When one understands the educational need that BYU fulfills, that of educating young Mormons, it is not at all surprising that they achieve this ranking. Unlike any other University of its kind or size, BYU's targeted audience is young Mormons - and again, they make up more than 99% of the total student body.

Syracuse, UT

Just another of a long list of Number Ones for that wonderful representative of the Beehive State. BYU seems to be THE University Of UTAH! You know, the one that everyone looks to as the example...the one that all the others want to be like!

Provo, UT


My son read me parts of an article recently explaining that the focus on the honor code has increased recruits lately. I also watched a special on BYU TV with interviews with non-LDS parents and student athletes saying this was one of the reasons they decided to go with BYU.

Eagle Mountain, UT

In 2009, BYU ranked in the top 20 recruiting classes. They are currently ranked in the top 30 and climbing for the 2012 class. Several highly ranked non-LDS athletes have either committed or signed along with several highly ranked LDS athletes during the past year. Other athletes are looking at BYU with favor because of the honor code, how it has been defended in the press and what BYU stands for. It is a matter of record in the DN and Trib. You are free to look it up.

Clever of you to switch from crisb to hedgie for your response to mine. Not many are fooled.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

As an SDSU and USC alumnus, my wife and I just dropped off our 3rd child to attend BYU or BYU-I. I couldn't be more impressed with both rankings! At the Freshman Orientation Convocation, Pres. Samuelson got the loudest ovation when he announced the "Stone Cold Sober" ranking. Obviously, students can find whatever "party element" they might be interested in if they look hard enough (at BYU as well), but I am so pleased with what this school represents-- which certainly sets it apart from other colleges, both public and private!


For all that are going to the school for the honor code, I wonder how many 'great' athletes are forgoing this school because of the honor code. The latter is most likely much higher than the former.

Iowa City, IA


"I wonder how many 'great' athletes are forgoing this school because of the honor code."

I don't think anyone at BYU is really all that concerned about this. Students and athletes at BYU are expected to adhere to a high standard of conduct. If a student (athlete or not) is not interested in doing so, then they're a bad fit for university. It is better that they attend elsewhere. Frankly, there are quite a few "high profile" football programs that are currently wishing that their athletes had adhered to a higher level of conduct.

As a side note, as a matter closely related to my field of expertise, you would be surprised how much businesses value students who have proven they can adhere to a high code of conduct.

West Valley City, UT

No really....after 14 years this is still considered news??

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

For all the "athlete recruitment" responses, you're completely missing the point of what this school stands for. As much as sports is important to the University (and it is big, and I LOVE to watch and attend as I can!), sports/athletics is far from THE key element of what this very unique university is about. What percentage of the entire 30K+ student population are student who compete on athletic teams in the first place? BYU has a higher, long-term mission to fulfill, and it fulfills that mission very well.

Old Gregg
Alpine, UT


So if religion and the honor code are the reasons why "athletes" aren't coming to BYU, then what is Utah's reason for athletes not going there?

Cedar Hills, UT

"Students are also required to sign a strict Honor Code which, among other things, commits students to "live a chaste and virtuous life," "obey the law," "use clean language," "abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee" and "participate regularly in church services."

how horrible. Only a cult would teach its youth to do such terrible things!!!

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