Brigham Young University
, or simply the Y
) was founded as Brigham Young Academy in 1875 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church; see also Mormon).It has grown to become the largest private university in the United
States and one of the world's largest church-affiliated schools, with an enrollment of roughly 32,400 undergraduate students
at the beginning of 2003. BYU is located in Provo, Utah, with sister schools in Lā'ie, Hawai'i (Brigham Young University-Hawaii) and Rexburg, Idaho (Brigham Young University-Idaho) serving an additional 12,000 students. The main campus
sits on approximately 600 acres (2.4 km²) at the foot of the Wasatch
Mountains and includes 333 buildings. Additional facilities include the BYU Jerusalem Center, and
the BYU Salt Lake Center.