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What started with only 50 students a decade ago in Rexburg, Idaho, is now a global online learning program with over 50,000 students. BYU–Pathway Worldwide enrollment has also expanded to more than 150 countries throughout the world.

BYU–Pathway Worldwide offers two core programs. PathwayConnect, a one-year, low-cost educational program helps students return to college. An online degree program in partnership with Brigham Young University–Idaho and Ensign College is the other option.

This year, more than 33,000 students enrolled in PathwayConnect — a 19 percent increase from 2019. International students who completed PathwayConnect and later continued in an online degree program doubled from 24 percent to 59 percent in 2020.

For the first time, PathwayConnect is serving more students outside the United States than within it. The largest international student enrollments are in the Philippines (more than 2,100 students) and Africa (over 6,700 students).

In July 2020, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered the BYU–Pathway Worldwide monthly devotional.

“We live in times where the pages of history are anything but empty. COVID-19 is forcing us to find and use different ways of communication,” he said. “I am pleased to say the Church’s Pathway program is way ahead of its time!”

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