Linda Vernon Floyd graduated from BYU in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education: Dance Emphasis and in 1964 with a master's degree in Physical Education: Dance Emphasis. At that time, the dance department was housed in the Women's Physical Education department in the College of Health and Human Performance. The college was later dissolved in the summer of 2009 and dance was included in the College of Fine Arts of Communications.
While at BYU, Floyd participated in numerous dance groups including the Student Program Bureau, the International Folk Dancers, and Orcheus. She was among the first three students to study in the BYU Dance Master program, which was later furloughed. Although there were no graduate dance classes at the time, she, along with Renae Yourg and Helen Beeman, took history and philosophy of physical education classes and geared it toward dance. Her thesis was on Israeli folk dance, which was edited under the direction of Dr. Leona Holbrooke, the head of the Physical Education department