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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was straightforward and simple to apply for the BYU scholarships and in my Financial Aid account I got some loans to cover the rest of my expenses.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am in the Economics major and I love it. It is hard work, but rewording. There is always help available at the labs for when one blanks on a question or has trouble grasping something discussed in a lecture. After one is finished with the beginning courses, one is able to become a teaching assistant, research assistant, or find a decent off-campus job that looks well on a resume. Because of these opportunities and the quality of the teachers, it prepares one well for graduate, law or business schools. The professors are also great at helping one network and find the right people to get to the right places.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I usually feel very safe. It is a nice campus with enough people and security to feel comfortable. Most crimes are bike robberies, so lock yours up! The people are healthy because of the high standard of living. Although you may think it is Utah and super safe, never walk alone at night or early in the morning...chances are not worth taking.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: BYU students sign an Honor Code upon admission stating that they will obey the standards outlined for them. Including a curfew, dress standards, no drinking or smoking as a student, no cheating etc. It may be strict but it makes for a great environment to learn and grow.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not as easy as you think, but if you call someone and have them work it through with you, it makes things go a lot more smoothly.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus takes rules and regulations very seriously, especially the honor code.

4 College Senior

Majors: Internships are competitive both worth your while. BYU also has lots of international internship oppotunities.

4 College Senior

Majors: The art history major is open and the teachers there are amazing. I wish the there were a few more opportunites for scholoarships but other than that BYU is amazing and competitive and a great experience.

5 College Junior

Facilities: BYU has a very extensive network of International Programs to try. It is very impressive. You can go to at least 30 different countries on different types of programs. They have everything from study abroad to field study, individual experiences to big groups, research, and so much more! They try really hard to make it possible. We have a whole building just for international studies. We also have a travel office just for setting up your flights and travel while abroad. If you can dream it, you can do it.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I thought it was really easy. I applied for the simple academic scholarship and was able to get a large scholarship for a year with little to no effort. You have to reapply every year but the process is straight forward and easy.

3 College Junior

Computers: The Labs are pretty good and never really crowded. The internet can be a little slow on them at times and the labs aren't always in the most "convenient" locations (ie. up on the 4th floor or something) so it makes it a bit of a hassle to try and get to them if you quickly need to print something off. That being said, I have never had to wait to use one when I get there.

3 College Junior

Weather: I think the weather is great! I love the snow and being so close to the mountains! It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. With a ski resort only 20 minutes from campus it is ideal for any snow loving person.

3 College Senior

Weather: Utah weather is kinda crazy, especially in winter. It can be sunny, rain, hail, snow, and go back to sunny all in one day. If you have layers, a decent coat, and good shoes, then you should be okay walking to and from campus though. Just be careful on the snow and ice.

5 College Senior

Facilities: BYU campus is really pretty and the buildings and ground are well kept. There are always activities going on and lots of clubs to join. There is really something here for everyone. My favorite part of BYU campus though is the atmosphere that the students bring. Our campus is clean and lively and just a great place to be.

3 College Senior

Majors: I love the English program here at BYU. The major is very open as to what classes you can take for certain requirements. It usually comes down to what interests you and you can usually find some really fun classes with some funny teachers. The workloads can be on the bigger side because all the homework is reading, analyzing, and writing, but those are the parts that I love so it works for me. The teachers are willing to help you improve your writing and analytical skills and the better you can write, the better to get internships or jobs in an English field. I love the diversity of English options for classes: British and American literary histories, rhetoric and persuasive writing, creative writing, folklore, literary theory, literature and film, and more. It's great.

4 College Senior

Majors: The English major is really easy to get into. There are no prerequisites and you just go to the Humanities Department Office and talk to them. There is no abnormal application process. If you are interested in this major, I can tell you that it is really fun to be in it and it is easy to apply.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: In general the people here are pretty good looking (I'm a guy so I'm mostly talking about the girls). They are mostly LDS so they have good values and are pretty nice as well. Relationships can be a little weird because marriage is so big here, so people can either be a little bit over excited to date and get married or they are afraid to date because they think everyone just wants to marry them.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people are white and are LDS. There's not a ton of diversity but in general everyone is nice and fun to hang out with.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BYU offers a lot of help on finding scholarships, both those offered by BYU and by other institutions or organizations. Many of the scholarships BYU offers (especially to high school graduates) can be difficult to maintain, requiring a fairly high GPA or other things. This is what happened to me; I received a 4-year full-tuition academic scholarship from BYU, but after two semesters, I came up just short of the necessary 3.6 GPA to maintain the scholarship. I can't regain that particular scholarship, but BYU offers scholarship application opportunities each year so that students can at least regain a partial scholarship. Individual departments and colleges often offer scholarships as well to students involved in their programs, and BYU has a very effective research grant system known as the ORCA.

5 College Junior

Academics: I love my major! I'm a geology major. All of my professors have been outstanding and incredibly helpful. They love taking us in the field and doing hands on research, not just memorizing facts in the classroom. Pretty heavy workload, but that's how you learn.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I'm a geology major at BYU. The department is fantastic. Professors are always available to talk with you if you have any problems, and TAs are pretty accessible. Lectures are really helpful, and there is lots of application involved in the learning process (not just memorizing facts).

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: If you like the outdoors, Provo is great. The mountains provide unlimited activities (hiking, skiing, swimming, fishing, boating, rafting, etc.) for any Saturday afternoon, which is awesome. The city itself isn't huge, but you can usually find something going on. Salt Lake City is just 45 minutes away, as well, which provides more to do.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Fairly easy process, just wish the aid would've covered all education needs- tuition, rent, and books. It covered most of it, but left me scambling at the beginning of each semester to get everything covered.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The BYU Honor Code is a policy that is enforced to make sure that everyone is following the LDS moral standards. Although it can be a nuisance at times, the curfew in particular, it keeps people from being sexually active or doing other activities that are inappropriate at BYU. If someone is found to have been a part of inappropriate activities, he or she could be in danger of being withdrawn from the university all together.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be a bother to get a hold of because the "good" housing goes quickly. All that is left after those are gone are the apartments that are ridiculously far from campus, have terrible management, and uncomfortable living conditions. For people who walk to campus, like me, location is a big deal. It is very difficult to find a reasonably priced apartment that is nearby that does not have problems with mold, leaks, etc. On the other hand, the "good" apartments are rather nice. Some are roomy with great parking conditions and a perfect walk to campus. Others have a great price with decent rooming conditions. Let's just say... you get what you pay for.


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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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