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Provo, UT
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus in the 2.5 years I have been here. There are many campus police which can be seen walking on campus. Campus crime is usually limited to minor offenses such as theft.

4 College Junior

Facilities: BYU is a very unique school owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Every student is required to sign an honor code, which states that the student will abide by certain standards regarding academic honesty as well as dressing modestly and following curfew and other guidelines relating to relationships. Although some students sign the honor code with no intention of following the rules, most of the students do adhere to the guidelines, which creates a atmosphere which can not be found anywhere else. BYU is also a well-known school for it's academic prestige, as well as athletics.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: BYU requires all single students to live in "contracted housing." This means that students are required to live in apartments that were inspected by someone at BYU once upon a time, but have not been looked at again. All of the contracted housing must be within 2 miles of campus. This equals old apartments lacking updates and upgrades being rented for top dollar. There are nice apartments, but you're going to pay for them.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Provo has some fun restaurants that are fun and unique. Most restaurants don't offer student discounts and actually have higher prices closer to campus. It is nice that there are many options right across the street west of campus including chain fast food restaurants as well as new and local places to eat.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: At BYU the only on campus housing is for freshman. It was a wonderful environment when I lived there my first year. All the dorm buildings are in a quad so it is easy to socialize and visit friends in other dorms. They are all close by to the dining hall which is extremely convenient. There are a few different options for the type of dorm you can stay in, which is convenient, but it is very difficult to get into the dorm you want. BYU recently built and is currently building beautiful new dorm buildings. If I had gotten to live in those I would have been thrilled! But generally speaking, the campus housing is great, super social and a very easy process to complete

3 College Senior

Weather: It is too cold!!! Luckily it is a dry cold so it's not as brutal as the wet east coast winters, but it is always snowing, the sky is grey without fail throughout the entire winter and the wind can be unbearable. The snow is great for skiing, but when its freezing outside it's hard to enjoy the slopes. In the summer it is beautiful. There is nothing that can replace the stunning mountains and the endless options for outdoor activities (when the weather is warm!)

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid was a little bit of a hassle for me at BYU. Luckily tuition is incredibly inexpensive compared to most private university's in the United States, but it is still tough to get by without financial aid. After going through all the tedious paper work and applications, I was not offered any financial aid. BYU is also very strict with their scholarships. I have been fortunate enough to receive some kind of scholarship almost every semester, but if your grades drop in the slightest they will take your scholarship away in a heartbeat. I don't mind that though, because it gives you more motivation to work hard and do well in your classes.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The sports at BYU are a huge draw for many students. I have focused on sports broadcasting in my major, so sports have been a major focus for me throughout my time here and still currently are a major part. Students get very involved with athletics and football and basketball games are often sold out. The marketing department does a great job promoting games and there are often many prizes and giveaways for students and fans. The athletic facilities are for the most part wonderful--although the football stadium is getting older and could use some major renovations considering that they pack it full almost every game. Fan support and school spirit is top notch at BYU. People take it very seriously and I think that comes form the athletes being so dedicated and devoted to their sports and fans. Athletics is always looking for new ways to get students involved and they do a great job of it. And BYU generally recruits great athletes so every game is always enjoyable to watch.

4 College Senior

Academics: The Broadcast Journalism program at BYU is above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. BYU has it's own station, KBYU, which is broadcast to 3 states. Students have the opportunity to report, anchor and produce for a daily newscast or sports cast and get experience that is similar to what they will be doing in the real world when they get jobs. Faculty is generally wonderful. They have all worked int he business themselves, and some currently still work for news station in Utah, but they all provide excellent lectures and are wonderful resources to have. The internship opportunities offered through the broadcast program are superb. I spent the last 9 months in New York City interning with major news stations and sports net works thanks to a jumpstart from the broadcast journalism program here. The fact that we have our own studio to work out of and are using the same technology and software as full fledged top ranked news stations is a huge plus for every student in the program.

4 College Senior

Academics: I came to BYU for their amazing broadcast journalism program. It is top 5 in the nation and provides amazing opportunities and experience that is hard to get anywhere else. All of the professors are extremely professional and highly-educated and knowledgeable. BYU requires students to fulfill more credits and general courses than the average university, and I like that because I think it just provides more of an opportunity to learn. There are endless options as to what you can major in and study at BYU. Classes are interactive, even though they can be large at times and professors take the time to get to know you if you and help you learn in a way that is best for you. Religion is tied into almost every class, which I personally enjoy but I think it is something that non-LDS students would probably like to eliminate. Also, BYU's psychology program is not ranked well at all because people feel BYU's curriculum is closed off to certain ideals since it is very much based on religious standards as well.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No drugs or alcohol allowed. If you are seen with it, banned for life, kiddo.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Some people can be super egotistical, but a lot are fun and nice and give you cookies and stuff. Free food is everywhere, and there are flyers with opportunities up and down the street.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are some new houses that are nice in Heritage. Helaman is kinda a drag. Old housing in Heritage is okay.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Provo is dry and boring. There are some dancing clubs and a mock-tail club, and University is usually really cool at night, but everything fun is a good 20 minutes away

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4 College Freshman

Computers: All the computers are up to date and, while some days during some hours it is hard to find an open spot, they usually clear up soon. WiFi printers, WiFi for your own personal laptop.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: You have to have super on top grades and must be willing to keep them - no matter what. You also have to stay on top of things, like credit hours, taking to the officer, and studying all the time.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have a lot of great sports here at BYU and they are very highly supported by the students.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You have got to go to Tuchanos some time it is the best place you will ever eat and it is all you can eat.

5 College Freshman

Weather: There is a great variety of weather patterns. They never get in the way of classes or activities, and it keeps things exciting.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security is pretty good, but I always am extra cautious leaving campus going south. There isn't much going down that way and not much lighting either.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Cougareat has Subway, TacoBell, a burger place, a pizza place (my fav) a salad place, and an a la carte area. The Cannon Center is basically a buffet - the best are the Raspberry Rolls and the Self-made Waffles. There's also two nicer restaurants on campus, but save those for date nights.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It is difficult, but the intention is to weed out people who don't have the motivation to follow through or make a significant contribution to the program during their time here. I'd say, if this is where you're supposed to be, you'll be able to figure out a way to make it work.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are tons of great majors here with people to help you. The only thing I wish were better was having no major. There's a pressure to make a decision and stick with it, and knock out classes and credits in order to graduate. So if you can pick a program, you are already off to a great start.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm currently a Journalism Premajor. All the professors I have had have spent years as professionals in journalism and broadcasting. Class sizes are small and teachers are happy to be teaching. There are tons of opportunities on campus to hear from visiting professionals and alumni who have succeeded in the field. BYU has a great reputation, and if you put some effort into networking, you have a great chance of going somewhere.

4 College Junior

Athletics: BYU has great athletic programs and student athletic facilities and programs. All gyms, pools and sporting equipment is free for students. Also, our competitive teams rank among some of the best in the country.

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Caitlin Bronson
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A BYU experience is unlike anything else. The things that you will learn go far beyond what is taught in the classrooms, and the people that you will meet are exceptional. Researching the school, and being familiar with the rules and expectations of students, will make the transition smoother and help you get the most out of your BYU experience.

Talking with people who have attended, reading books such as this one, and looking at the BYU Web site (www.byu.edu) are all great ways to make sure that this is really the school for you. If you decide that BYU is what you want, then jump in and enjoy it! You are in for a great and character-building experience.

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