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Provo, UT
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28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The majority of students are Mormons, and there is a very high percentage of white people, although there are still non-Mormons and people from different countries and cultures.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: BYU has limited parking spaces for student parking, but there are lots of bike racks on campus, and many apartments are close enough for people to walk to campus. BYU also has a bus called The Ryde that runs three times an hour and only costs $100/semester. The public transportation also provides discounted bus passes for students.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Provo is a very Mormon place, and so it can be a little bit boring. Although there is a lot of diversity and lots of different cultures, there aren't very many non-Mormons here.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The night life on campus is basically non-existent (except possibly in the freshman housing). But they have club night once a week, and people are always doing fun things like game nights, movie nights, or going dancing. There is no/very little bar scene because it is against BYU's Honor Code.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are classes for every class imaginable from stage make up to world dance. The professors are great and really know their stuff, although a lot of the time there is a large work load.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: You can print on campus for 7 cents a page for black and white and 14 cents a page colored. There are printers in every building, and you use your student ID card to print.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Because of BYU's honor code that all students agree to live by, virtually no one drinks or does drugs. It would be shocking if someone did.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus and when walking to and from campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living in the trees area allows one to walk to the campus in under 15 minutes.

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Greek Life: There is no Greek Life at BYU

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4 College Freshman

Computers: I have my own laptop at college, but there are computer labs everywhere on campus readily available for use. The library is great for those wanting to work and may even have laptops, but just left them at home. The wireless is pretty great, just not as good when you go down to basements for classes.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the freshman dorms at Helaman Halls. I LOVE the social atmosphere, and the wards are super fun. It's great as far as location to campus, and the fact that we're almost forced to be social and outgoing really helped out my freshman year, and from that I've made copious amounts of friendships; ones that I think will last a lifetime. They keep the dorms very clean, and the size may be a little small, but it's a great started freshman dorm.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lot's of places that are close enough to walk from campus, great choices, and lots of variety.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I believe a national poll from 2012 listed the Provo/Orem valley as the Most Optimistic Area in the U.S with an overall 70% of the population happy and optimistic about life. You can definitely feel why when you go here. The overall surroundings both physical and social are very welcoming. You'll definitely feel comfortable here!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Traffic at BYU isn't so bad, but definitely getting out of the valley is sometimes a time consumer. Transportation within the immediate vicinity is fairly good and easily accessible.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great professors (usually) and an excellent curriculum. Very well rounded education and dedicated degree programs.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Autumn, Spring, and Summer are awesome seasons at BYU. The temperature is usually just right for enjoying the outdoors. The winter is, well, winter, so expect to wear the jackets and scarfs for at least 4 months of the year (Late November thru as late as March)

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The University has really made it streamlined, and invite everyone to apply for scholarships and the aid that they need. Of course, many of them are needs based so if you can't show that you really need it, you might as well just get a job.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics facilities really are top class, and the Student gym is up-to-date and very accessible. Overall the student population is fairly active in sports and the school spirit really binds the students together.

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Campus Strictness: Because BYU is affiliated with the LDS Church, it has VERY high standards of morals and ethics. Violations of the higher kind (alcohol/drug abuse for example) are taken very seriously.

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Off-Campus Housing: There are many good apartment/condo complexes to choose from, and the rates are very reasonable. Also, the University requires that they are registered with them in order to provide housing to students, so there are quality standards to maintain.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The whole main campus is basically one huge hot spot and it uses the same connection throughout, so no need to constantly reconnect your device once it's registered.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Really efficient health center staff and they treat you as an individual. And there is barely any crime at all. I think the most broken law is J-walking!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: For alcohol, BYU has won the title "Stone Cold Sober" School for years now, but of course it exists (but you really have to go looking for it). As for drugs, they definitely exist as well but because of the overall Mormon population and the school's Honor Code, you also have to go looking for it if you want to find it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Being part of the "Ethnic Minority" myself (I am a full Pacific Islander), the student body and professors are very respectful to me and my culture. In fact, they have what's known as the "Multi-cultural center" which is devoted to helping those of other cultures and races feel welcomed. Yes, sometimes it's awkward being among so many white people, but it's no problem because it's really easy to make friends here.

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The Clarillon The Clarillon The BYU Clarillon stands as one of the landmarks of the BYU campus. Every hour it rings out a tune from the hymn "Come Come Ye Saints."
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Caitlin Bronson
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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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