THE FREDETTE EFFECT
11 percent more SAT scores from prospective students are sent to a university after it wins a football national championship, says a study from BYU’s Jaren C. Pope (BA ’01) and the University of Chicago’s Devin G. Pope (BA ’02), economists and brothers.
9 percent more SAT scores are received on the heels of a men’s basketball national championship, 5.7 percent more after a Final Four appearance, and 3.8 percent more for making the Sweet 16.
12,705 prospective students—the most ever—applied to BYU for fall 2012, attributable, at least in part, to Jimmermania and BYU’s Sweet 16 run.
18 and 19, the new minimum ages for male and female missionaries, created a stir on campus—evident in the popularity of the class Rel C 130: Missionary Preparation.
70 percent of the students currently enrolled in mission prep are female; 37 percent were female in fall semester 2012.
1,857 students enrolled in mission prep for the winter 2013 semester; 1,520 enrolled in the class last winter.