Our Heritage

Lifelong Spirituality & Leadership

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BYU-Idaho is strengthened by an institutional legacy of faith, dedication, and vision.

Our Heritage

While always looking to the future, BYU-Idaho is deeply rooted in an institutional legacy of dedicated service and faithful perseverance that began more than 120 years ago. Founded in 1888 as Bannock Stake Academy, the school was established to serve the educational needs of the Latter-day Saint pioneers in the newly settled Upper Snake River Valley.

The academy's name and curriculum changed several times over the ensuing decades, eventually becoming Ricks College in 1923, honoring founder Thomas E. Ricks. By the 1990s, Ricks College had become the nation's largest private junior college. In 2000, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Ricks College would become a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting institution known as Brigham Young University-Idaho.

The university will continue to grow and change, but we will forever be defined by the values that motivated our founders: faith, sacrifice, humility, concern for each individual, and a desire to bring the prophetic vision of Church leaders to fruition.

The Spirit of Ricks