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Approximately 150,000 students are filling the higher education offerings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this year — more than any previous year. And, with the recent announcement of three-year online degrees soon to be offered through BYU–Pathway, online options are expanding.

“There is tremendous momentum in the Church Educational System (CES),” said CES Commissioner Elder Clark G. Gilbert. “We see deeper engagement, higher relevance and a real focus of students coming out of the pandemic to want to be together and to gather all across the Church. … We see a unity across [CES] around our purpose to develop disciples of Jesus Christ.”

A shorter version of this video below will be included in the October 2023 edition of the World Report, which will be published on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. The full news program will be available in traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Elder Gilbert said there are currently more than 1 million students in CES. That includes BYU–Pathway Worldwide’s 70,000 students in over 180 countries. At BYU–Idaho enrollment has more than tripled since 2000. And enrollment in Seminaries and Institutes is higher than demographic growth.

“No matter where you are in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Elder Gilbert said, “you now have access to an affordable, high-quality, spiritually based education.”

At every Church college and university, the focus from beginning to end is on developing disciples of Jesus Christ who will lead in the home, the Church, and the community.

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