He believed that one of the school's greatest strengths was its religious nature and that this should be taken advantage of rather than hidden. Bateman was responsible for the building of 36 new buildings for the university both on and off campus, including the expansion of the Harold B. He was also one of several key college leaders who brought about the creation of the Mountain West Conference, which BYU's athletics program joined — BYU previously participated in the Western Athletic Conference.

A few have described the school at this time as nothing more than a "religious seminary".

However, many of its graduates at this time would go on to great success and become well renowned in their fields. Harris was appointed the university's president in 1921.

Previous plans for the devotional were altered, as Bateman led the student body in a prayer for peace.

Interestingly absent on the campus of this church owned university is a campus chapel.

Notwithstanding, each Sunday LDS Church services for students are conducted on campus, but due to the large number of students attending these services, nearly all of the buildings and possible meeting spaces on campus are utilized (in addition, many students attend services off campus in LDS chapels in the surrounding communities).

The campus is home to several museums containing exhibits from many different fields of study.

BYU offers a variety of academic programs, including liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, physical and mathematical sciences, nursing, and law.

The university is broadly organized into 11 colleges or schools at its main Provo campus, with certain colleges and divisions defining their own admission standards.

Brigham Young University (BYU, sometimes referred to colloquially as The Y) is a private, non-profit research university in Provo, Utah, United States completely owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church) and run under the auspices of its Church Educational System. The university's primary focus is on undergraduate education but it also has 68 master's and 25 doctoral degree programs.