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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the off-campus housing is still close to all the events held, and you can be very involved in all the activities.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: It is great. There are so many things to do. I love this college

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are computers. EVERYWHERE. There are countless computers in the giant library on campus. However, the library's computers tend to be in use by others 98% of the time, but I've never had to wait more than five minutes to use a computer.

In every building (even in the library), there are plenty of computers for the sole purpose of pulling up a file and printing it out, so that is extremely helpful.

There are also countless other lesser-known computer labs around campus: the Multimedia Center/Lab on the fourth floor of the library, the TEC lab in the McKay School of Education, the Human Learning Resource Center in 1141 JFSB, etc.

The IT office/department here also offers plenty of laptop and desktop computers that you can rent by the semester to have at home/your apartment while you are a student here if buying a laptop/desktop is out of your budget, but necessary. Rental rates are very reasonable. For more information about rentals, go here: https://it.byu.edu/byu/BYU+Help+Center+Article.do?&sysparm_document_key=kb_knowledge,b51032700a0a3c0e0dd7619362098965

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Photography major: During my time in the Photography department here at BYU, the faculty and staff at BYU's photo program is excellent. They are experts in their field and all very different. BYU hires professionals to teach, like the still life photographer for Anthropologie's catalog. BYU Photo has plenty of equipment to rent and a new studio, too. The only annoying thing is how you can't "speed up" your progression through the program; because of the limited faculty/staff, you can only take certain classes certain semesters.

Spanish major: The Spanish department is truly excellent. There are so many fields within the Spanish department you can go into (teaching, linguistics, translation, etc.). The faculty/staff are all so excellent (especially in upper-level courses) and HELPFUL! They are willing to accomodate, are understanding, and willing to meet with you and extend their office hours. I have only been involved in the Spanish department this past semester, but it's been such an exciting journey and truly a pleasure. There are so many great resources in the department. There is help offered everywhere you go. There are tons of awesome internship/study abroad opportunities in the Spanish department, as well as at BYU in general.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: When you sign up to attend Brigham Young University, you agree to live and abide by the Honor Code (can read it here at: http://saas.byu.edu/catalog/2011-2012ucat/GeneralInfo/HonorCode.php#HCOfficeInvovement), but that's part of what makes BYU what it is. BYU really is such a breath of fresh air.

People who don't attend BYU may definitely see it as being strict: you can't have a beard unless you have a "Beard Card" (not kidding), you must be clean-shaven at all times (only moustaches allowed), sideburns must be trimmed, girls cannot wear short shorts, tank tops, or cleavage-baring tops. You can't have extreme hairstyles or hair colors. You cannot be in the apartments of the opposite sex after midnight weekdays, 1:30 am Fridays.

Again, it sounds strict, but honestly, you get what you sign up for: an awesome, clean, wholesome environment rather than one full of sex, drugs, and drinking.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Brigham Young University is academically rigorous and demanding. Even the basic, GE, 100-level classes are pretty rigorous. This may be annoying, but I feel as though it is SO valuable! Most the professors are excellent and their style of teaching great. You learn a lot in all your classes. There aren't many classes that are an "easy A" like there were in high school, but it just makes paying tuition so much more worth it!

Registration can be annoying if the system is slow because of all the students trying to sign up at the same time, but it's not a big deal.

BYU's art department is excellent. BYU is known for the Marriott School of Business and has a really good law program, as well. BYU has a tough nursing program. Over all, I think BYU is excellent in all areas and has connections and a really good reputation for sending out excellent students into the world.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of restaurants, whether you want to stay near Provo, or go up to University Mall. University Mall has soooooooo many restaurants around it.
Definitely hit up Cafe Rio (Mexican), Sub Zero Ice Cream(custom ice cream made with liquid nitrogen; totally cool to watch them make it in front of you), and Einstein Bros Bagels (best bagels. ever.).

5 College Freshman

Majors: There was no problem getting into the Neuroscience program, even as a freshman. Declare that as soon as you can so that you can get into the proper bio courses as soon as you can.
When you arrive on campus, find some time in the first couple of weeks to meet with the dean of your specific college (like life science, humanities, etc) and they will help you set up a four year plan according to the MAPs (Major Academic Plan, basically the guideline to getting a Bachelors in whatever your major is) for your major.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are TONS of apartments south or west of campus. You have the opportunity to pick between newer and older ones, but most of them are older, and the only new one that I know of is The Village, which is also known as the a toolshed. Be wary, but know that wherever you go, there will be a ward.

3 College Freshman

Majors: There are some majors that aren't available here, but for the most part they have the main ones and a couple off-the-beaten path ones. Currently, I'm a freshman, and the general eds can be easy or hard. For a slightly harder class with a small amount of students, pick an honors class.
There are plenty of times to seek out your professor or TA.
The internship opportunities are pretty well-known if you pay attention or ask the people who work in your college's office.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses in Provo are a pain. They only come every 30min. I would recommend getting a car, a bike, or just even walking. I would recommend living near campus if you only have your legs to get you to places. Also, drivers in Utah or crazy. I have on more than on occasion been almost run over and cars will drive close to bikers, which is very worrisome.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It is SUPER EASY! All you have to do is declare it, even as early as your freshman year, and also decide on an emphasis, either China, Japan, or Korea.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm an Asian Studies Major- Chinese emphasis. What i enjoy about my major is that it is not concentrated on one topic like math, english, or engineering courses. With my major i take classes from many different departments. I take classes from the History, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Anthropology, Political Science, Asian Studies, and Religion department. So I'm learning about Asia from my different kinds of views which makes my very broad look at Asia very interesting. I really enjoy it. But I will tell you this, taking a Asian language course is not easy at BYU.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is very limited campus parking for students, and if you have questions about parking in a specific spot DON'T PARK THERE! Parking enforcement is all over the place.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The law enforcement is on top of their game. They are great at keeping everything in order and not allowing people disrupt your academic or social life.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You have to create your own night life. We, here in Utah County, don't like bars/pubs/clubs or the like very much. There are a few dry dance clubs, theaters, but in general it is up to you to create the activities.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everyone is on scholarship at BYU, though they may not realize it. Tithing pays for a substantial amount of cost to go to school and that is why BYU tuition is on such an affordable level.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is always something going everyday at BYU. Most events are free or very cheap, so you never have to go bored.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: We live by an honor code and so that makes things more strict. Yet we want to live by the honor code because of our values, so really I think it just helps us be better people which then increases our academic and social lives.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The use of drugs and ability to get to them is very limited at BYU. BYU has a high honor code and anyone abusing drugs can be kicked out of school and their housing. People generally tend to follow the rules as well, but I'm sure if you looked hard enough you might be able to find some drugs. Peer pressure is none. I'd actually say it is reversed peer pressure here to not do drugs.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The people here are pretty friendly and trustworthy. You are in a very safe environment here. People will include you in activities and talk to you if they don't know you. However, the farther you got off campus and the older the crowd, the more "clique-sih" the people are. There are tons of activities sponsored by BYU and UVU in the surrounding area, but really only thing to do is go to the movies, eat, or shop. However, Provo is only just over 30,000 people so if you are from a big town (like me) than it seems kind of boring. NO NIGHTLIFE. Everything closes at 10 during the week, and usually 11 or 12 on weekends. There are many restaurants to eat at that are close by, and there are almost always jobs available, particularly if you are a BYU student. Downtown Provo is sometimes nice to walk up and down.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a big part of BYU. The fans are die-hard devoted. We have school spirit oozing from our ears. The player are some of the best in the world and at the same time many of them excel academically. Additionally, teams have moral, educational, and student goals. Our girl's soccer and volleyball teams are some of the top in the nation. Jimmer Fredette played for BYU. He is a great example of the well-rounded, and extremely talented athletes who attend BYU.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Here at BYU there is little to no Health and Safety problems. With BYU being the number one stone cold sober university for nearly ten years, there are few people trying to make problems around campus. In fact, crime here is so low that the Daily Universe (the campus news paper) has a section describing the funniset crimes around campus in the last week.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Brigham Young University is one of the only places in the world that is truly dedicated to the advancment and education of every indavidual that passes through its halls. Here is a place of learning devoted to spiratual growth and intellectual enlightenment.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Brigham Young is a exceptional place to attend, here there are no limits to your succes. With a combination of spiritual and secular education students become truly well rounded indaviduals whoes goal is to improve the world one person at a time.


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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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