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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of labs around the campus and normally are a few computers available whichever you go to first. The entire campus has WiFi and it is reliable. During the weekends, they are never crowded. Through the various departments you can learn plenty of programming languages if you invest yourself. You don't need to bring your computer to school, but you should get one for yourself (you may also rent decent computers from the school for about 10-30 a month).

4 College Sophomore

Weather: There is the sun, and then there is the snow.... The snow can get old fast, unless you really enjoy snowboarding. It destroyed my shoes last term. Besides that it is great. Don't have to worry about rain unlike the northwest and you get the extremes between the seasons, so it is fine to stay all year round.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is stuff to do, but it sometimes takes a care to get there or a little too much money. Most of the time hanging out with friends can be great without going places just because of the beautiful mountains and the great job that grounds does. During the winter, the inversion browns the atmosphere. If you have the money to ski or snowboard, there are plenty of places close by to do that (only costs 40-50 bucks at the closest for a 4 hour run at night). The arts, theater and dance departments keep things happening on campus also, so you don't have to go elsewhere for that type of entertainment.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The social atmosphere is great at the on campus housing, but the costs can be up there also. Free WiFi is provided at most now. Parking may be difficult, most of the students are freshmen, and you are far from most grocery stores, except if you live at Wyview.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are bubble babies, jacks and everything in between, plus the variety from UVU up the hill helps shake things up every once in a while. Dress...well, expect leggings, long polyester black skirts, knee high boots with legwarmers, your occasional photoshoot hipster, and lots of perfectly curled hair.
Lots of people looking for serious marriage here, but there are a few who do want to finish school first. Lots of tall girls and short boys.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's a lot of different places to eat, but good luck finding someone to go out and enjoy it with. Festival of Colors in SF is pretty great in the spring, and there's always something going on in SLC, if you don't mind a shock of overprocessed reality.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library is great, lots of study rooms and space available.
I like the free gym and indoor running track.
Food in the Cougareat is pretty good.
There's lots of grass space, too; in the summer, everyone is out lounging or throwing frisbees on the grass.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's a lot of really good internship and career placement programs.
I also love that there's a free gym and indoor running track.
Campus life isn't that great.

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Yeah, it's white, white, super white. That being said, people are extremely tolerant of all races, even if they can't help being a little ignorant sometimes because of the bubble, and a lot of students have served missions in foreign countries and grown to love the culture and people they taught.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Sports are not great on campus, most students are busy studying, but the ones that go are super enthusiastic. The programs do well in their respective fields for the most part, but they are far from the best.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Getting financial aid is pretty difficult at BYU the majority of the scholarships go to sports or people with an A- or better GPA. Talking with the people financial counselors on campus is helpful, but they generally suggest getting a job or an internship.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: While the off-campus dining lacks good chinese, japanese, and thai food, it has just about everything else you could ever want.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I feel like there are always opportunities to network, to meet professionals, and to gain real world experience in your field of interest. I am in advertising so the BYU AdLab is a major deal. We work with real clients on real ads and there are only a few schools out there who have a working onsite advertising agency

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Working Macs and PCs available to all students. There are multiple printers and print labs in every building. There are minor problems when the printers are not working but they are really good at fixing them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computer labs are helpful, but can get crowded and full during end-of semester crunch time. Printing on campus isn't that expensive, and the network reliability and speed is okay. It would be better to have your own computer and printer so you don't have to wait in case a computer lab is full.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls are both typically very smart, fun, and attractive. They are often interested in sports, dance, music, and the outdoors. They usually dress modestly and conservatively. Social life usually consists of BYU-sponsored events (sporting events, concerts, performances, dances, on-campus parties) and LDS ward activities. Provo is about 45 minutes from Salt Lake, and the Wasatch front is pretty metropolitan, so there are a lot of fun things to do outside of school and church activities for young college-age students.

4 College Freshman

Parking: I personally don't have a car and I get along fine.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Consider students that don't have as high of a GPA

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a wide variety of housing in Provo, it is essentially a college city so there many options available that day in proximity, cost, parking, amenities, etc.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at BYU and there is VERY little crime. Crimes generally happen when people are too trusting and leave their stuff where they shouldn't. There are plenty of officers around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: It is based on the scholastic excellence, also it is very concerned about your spiritual welfare. So you will get the best of your academical education, through the many classes and programs provided by each major. BYU creates a culture of study and play in the right amounts to not only to prepare yourself for future jobs/situations but creates bonds with other students and teachers that will last a life time.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Education is very important here and to have a great education, you have to have great teachers, facilities, study areas, resources, and activities. BYU has maximized in everyone of these areas. There are many areas for good study, there is a great variety of athletic activities not only to watch, but to participate in such as intramural sports. You can't ever be bored while you are here on campus.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: BYU has a good number of Campus things most of which are pretty well known locally and some are very highly praise, I don't eat at places like that even though they are well priced. I have really enjoyed them when I have eaten at them.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: BYU has enough variety to keep it interesting. There are cheap and quick places to give you options for a more regular basis with a good number of more high quality places to provide for the needs for nicer events.

3 College Student

Diversity: There are some international students, but generally it is mostly a bunch of white people.
Mostly LDS students.
However, in general, people are open and accepting.


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Caitlin Bronson
Graham, Wash.
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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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