Local Atmosphere

Rexburg, ID
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
Branch Campus Of
Brigham Young University
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: If you like that small town feeling, then this is the place for you!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I like the atmosphere at the school.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Rexburg is a very small town, so there's not much to do in town. But you are very close to Yellowstone National Park, which is a great spot to visit. You're about a half hour from Idaho Falls, which has the mall, a big movie theater, and many choices for food. The St. Anthony sand dunes are also only about 20 minutes away from Rexburg, and they're some of the biggest and best sand dunes in the country for riding motorcycles/ATVs.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The school is located in Rexburg, ID pop: 25,000. Its not a super big city, but there are a lot of different activities to do. Most of which get old over time. But that's the same no matter where you go! Rexburg is about 45 minutes away from Yellowstone national park, and many other beautiful outdoor adventures! I Love it here!

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town is pretty small so it can be hard to find something to do on the weekends.


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Jenica Sparks
Olympia, Washington
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Rexburg is a small town. The population is less than the number of students who attend the school. The dominant religion of the community is Latter-day Saint (Mormon), just as the campus community is, so the town environment is very similar to the campus environment. It is a very family-oriented Christian community. Some local residents don’t really like having college students around town because they are younger and add a rambunctious energy to the town, but other local residents like the students for that very reason. The students are also part of the reason some businesses and culture have come to Rexburg and are able to flourish in the area.

One of the most appealing characteristics is the kind and genuine people. Students often find themselves surrounded by friendly people who smile and say hi, whether they know you or not. Students go out of their way to hold doors for one another and strike up a conversation. It’s not hard to meet people who you click with and develop a fast friendship. Another thing that adds appeal to the area is the outdoorsy feel. Rexburg has many different landscapes and outdoor activities during all seasons. It can certainly be a breath a fresh air to students who come from crammed, busy cities.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. During the summer, Rexburg hosts the International Folk Dance Festival, where dancers are invited from all over the world to perform and share their culture. Festival participants get to dance in the street to celebrate these international cultures.
  2. The Rexburg, Idaho temple was dedicated in 2008.
  3. The name Rexburg comes from the German form of the name Ricks, which is Rex.
  4. BYU-Idaho was originally a two-year college called Ricks College.
Points of Interest
  • Bear World
  • Yellowstone
Shopping Centers
Movie Theaters
The Paramount Twin and Holiday
38 S. Center St.
(208) 356-7469
Movie Theaters
The Rex Theater
485 N. Second E
(208) 359-2600
Movie Theaters
Teton Drive-In
668 N. Hwy 33
(208) 356-7469
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boise: ID: 4 hours, 25 minutes
  • Idaho Falls: ID: 40 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 202 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 199 responses

  • 11% Painfully remote.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 49% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 35% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 199 responses

  • 69% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 9% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 198 responses

  • 43% No way.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 10% Totally.



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