REXBURG, Idaho — In an effort to better serve returning missionaries, the Brigham Young University-Idaho Admissions Office has announced the new Returning Missionary Program. This program exists to help returning missionaries preserve the spiritual momentum and dedication of the mission field by enrolling in the first semester after their return.

“This program was created to assist missionaries in their transition from mission life to an academic setting without losing the level of spirituality gained over two years of missionary service,” said Rob Garrett, director of Admissions at BYU-Idaho.

The RM Program allows recently returned missionaries to apply to BYU-Idaho without the restriction of an application deadline. Those who return from their mission shortly before their designated “off-track semester” may also appeal to attend that semester in addition to their assigned track, thus giving the student the opportunity to begin school immediately.

“We want missionaries to be able to focus on their mission while serving the Lord. This program will allow returning missionaries to utilize all available tools to create a plan and continue their education without getting lost in the shuffle of life outside of their respective mission fields,” Garrett said.

Due to international student application requirements, the RM Program is only available to United States citizens. Applicants must have completed a full mission and returned recently to qualify for the services of the RM Program. All application materials must be received prior to an admissions decision, and all normal admission requirements apply.

“There is no limit or cap to the amount of returning missionaries who can be benefited by this program. This program is always available to assist as many returning missionaries as possible,” Garrett said.

For a complete description of the RM Program and application instructions, visit www.byui.edu/admissions/rmprogram.htm