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Mission Statement

“LDS Business College provides a distinctive educational experience rooted in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  We work together to cultivate a nurturing environment, teach practical skills, and develop confident and skillful learners.  We enlighten minds, elevate hope, and ennoble souls to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and the Lord's Church.”

Core Themes

1. Strengthen Discipleship
2. Teach Practical Skills
3. Cultivate a Nurturing Environment

Historical Sketch

LDS Business College has provided quality education for 123 years. The school began November 15, 1886, as the Salt Lake Academy under the direction of Dr. Karl G. Maeser and William B. Dougall. Willard Done, the first teacher, welcomed 84 students when the College first opened its doors.
Recognition has come to the College as growth and development continued under 12 successive educational leaders. It was the only commercial school in America conducted by a religious body to be admitted to the National Association of Accredited Commercial Schools. Under the leadership of R. Ferris Kirkham (1961 – 1986), the College achieved its first accreditation by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges in 1977. On December 9, 2008, Elder Russell M. Nelson, Chairman of the Church Board of Education Executive Committee, announced John Lawrence (Larry) Richards as the College's twelfth president. 
The College moved to its present location at the Triad Campus in July 2006. The College has a rich tradition shared by more than 76,000 alumni and scores of dedicated faculty and staff.

LDS Business College and the Church Educational System

Owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Business College is a unit of the Church Educational System, which also includes Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; Brigham Young University – Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii; Brigham Young University – Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho; elementary and secondary schools; and institutes of religion and seminaries around the world.


LDS Business College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The regional institutional accreditation by NWCCU for LDS Business College allows the Medical Assistant graduate to obtain post graduate credential. MA graduates qualify for the Registered Medical Assistant exam (RMA) through the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Veterans Education Benefits

Degree programs at LDS Business College are approved by the state approving agency for the enrollment of persons eligible to receive education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

LDS Business College Anthem

For more information about the College anthem, "Rise and Shine Forth," click here.

LDS Business College Vision Document

The President's Strategic Implementation Committee developed a guidance document based on guidance given by members of the Board of Trustees and other General Authorities.  For an executive summary of that document, click here.