Location
Provo, UT
Undergrads
28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Walking and Biking – The transportation on campus is average. There is a lot of walking and biking. I highly recommend bringing a car. Though you do not need it for getting to class it is important to have if you want to do things on the weekends or when you go shopping.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town feels like a college town. It can be challenging living here if you are not from Utah. I love the Campus though it is really pretty and there are a lot of things you can do here. Your experience is all about what you make it. Having a car is important though everything may seem close here. Hicking is a must and there are tons of service activities avaliable. The campus is extremly safe and diverse. There are a lot of diffrent cultural activites.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: No drugs, no alcohol, no anything. If you seek it out of course you can find it- but on the whole, no one thinks it's cool.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Freshmen Only – The dorms are great if you are a freshman. You make some BFFs and stay up way too late every night. "You're only a freshman once." After that, you must live off campus if you want any kind of a social life. The dorms are a bubble within the Provo bubble.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love It – This school is so fun. It's really what you make of it, though. You have to balance schoolwork and social activities; overall it's a awesome place to be.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Cold Winters – It's cold and snows a lot in the Winter, but if you like that kind of weather it's not awful. Spring and Summer are nice, though, and it's such a dry climate you don't have to worry about humidity.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not an Issue – Drugs aren't really a problem at this school. Almost all the students are totally substance free, and you'd get kicked out so fast for having them on campus. I think you'd have to search pretty hard to find the 'drug scene.'

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Easy to Get the Money – First of all, it must be realized that every student at BYU is essentially on scholarship because 70% of tuition is payed for by tithing from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But it is rather easy to get additional scholarship money from the university, as long as one as the grades and the extracurriculars. One in three incoming freshman has been given a scholarship of some kind. Even if you think you don't have the grades, you should apply for university and departmental scholarships every year, because if you have your future academic and career plans mapped out already they will take that extra into consideration.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Because BYU is a very religious school located in Utah, night life is at a minimum. There are no bars. There are parties close to campus almost every weekend, but you have to pay to get into most. These parties are also alcohol free; if you show up with booze or drugs you will be kicked out. The parties are decently fun because they play good music and there is grinding. But again the door charge is rather high, so you'd probably be better off going to a late night movie or something.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: BYU is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, so about 99% of the students are Mormon. While the students are mostly white, there is a very large number of Polynesian/Pacific islander students that attend. There are also quite a few Asians, mostly Koreans and Middle Eastern students. Racial conflict does not exist at BYU, and neither does religious conflict, as the students are very excepting of other religions. However the school does have a very strict Honor Code which includes not permitting pre-marital sex and no partaking of drugs or alcohol. Also homosexual activities are not tolerated. SO in all BYU is a very strict religious school, but it is ethnically diverse and really accepting of other cultures.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: NO DEBT – GPA and SAT score gave me a 4 year full tuition scholarship. Departmental scholarships helped pay for books and on campus jobs paid for room and board. I graduated with no debt.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I Brought Food a Lot – Decent food in the dining halls but a little out of my way. A bit overpriced in the student activities building. Meal plan dollars are fairly easy to use. Best place to eat is the MOA cafe

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Great Place – I never feel scared on campus and as long as you have common sense (don't walk alone at midnight, lock your doors etc.) you have no need to worry off campus.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Fairly Strict – Policies on campus are expected to be followed, but they are lenient in special cases. Cheating, disobeying the honor code and other violations of campus policy is taken seriously but they are fair about punishment.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Extremely Low – There are virtually no drugs or alcohol at all on BYU campus. It is an extremely sober school where students have fun doing things that involve activities outside of drinking.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I feel very safe walking on campus. I suggest that students do not walk in dark places alone at night, just to be safe, but generally, campus is very peaceful and the local police are vigilant.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Student Research – For the sciences, many students team with professors and work on research projects for pay. Usually it's about 10 hours/week. Some people do internships, mostly outside the sciences.

4 College Junior

Transportation: You can rent cars if you need to through an organization at school, but most people have people that they can ask for rides to grocery stores or the airport. The bus system is also really good. The prices have greatly increased since last year, though. Bicycling is a great option in this area.

3 College Junior

Parking: Totally free, but some times of the day there are NO spaces within 15 minutes walk of your classes. Tickets are not too expensive and can be talked down sometimes. Most people who live within reasonable walking/biking distance do not drive to school. You can go from one side of the campus to the other in about 10-15 minutes.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our school has very high standards that we live by. We have a modesty code to dress and groom modestly. There are no drinking and smoking prohibited anytime as a student. The Honor Code we have here is a blessing.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I drive to school. It would be nice to carpool with other people from where I live, but I am currently not aware of any carpooling programs. I know there is a public bus outside of the main student center and many students ride bikes.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The school uses pc in most locations, however, I did find a lab in one building where MACs are being used. I'm sure if I continue to search around there may be more MACs.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Library Is Nice! The facilities at Brigham Young University are superb. Each building has a peaceful serene feeling when you walk through the doors. One can truly feel prepared to focus on their studies because there are hardly distractions, most of the time.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: School Atmosphere – This is my first semester at Brigham Young University. The atmosphere here is peace and serene. I love studying in the law library because it is quiet and everyone is focused.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Love Utah! The weather here is fantastic, although pretty unpredictable! It's warm in the summer and fall, cold and snowy in the winter, and beautiful in the spring! All the seasons are present, and there's stuff to do in any weather condition.

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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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