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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are a variety of races (although most are white), religions (although most are LDS), political beliefs and economic backgrounds at BYU. If students are any sexual orientation besides heterosexual, they keep it to themselves because it is contrary to the standards of BYU.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking permits are available at a reasonable cost, but spaces for students are limited. It is easier to park off-campus and walk or take a bus to campus. There are many bus routes, running frequently, to the campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I wouldn't do it all over again. It's a lot of work.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It can get cold here, one winter it got down to -2 degrees F. It starts getting cold in October and will be cold off an on until November, when it starts snowing. It'll snow and be cold sometimes all the way to May, mixed in with some really nice spring days. Some winters there will be lots of snow and some winters there will hardly be any. Its not too bad though, if you have the right clothing, and when it is nice, everyone will be outside.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are lots of international students at BYU and many more who are not from Utah, some of who are LDS and some who are not. There are lots of different races, but the large majority of students are still white Americans.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are huge at BYU and the fans are super involved. Football is important here, but it is not king, like at other schools. Many of our other sports are nationally ranked as well, like our Rugby team, basketball team, volleyball teams, and track teams.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: They have their own clinic and they are very cautious about safety policies.

5 College Senior

Diversity: We have students from 120 countries and more than half the students speak 2 languages! Need I say more.

3 College Senior

Weather: If you like variety in your weather, this is great! We have warm/hot weather in the fall and spring, and all the skiing you want in the winter!

3 College Senior

Transportation: Parking can be a pain depending on the time of day. They have good relations with the bus systems to get you to surrounding areas.

4 College Senior

Facilities: BYU has the second best college library in the nation which is open late, and great athletic facilities that are open from 6 am to 10 pm to accomodate students who want to work out, swim, play tennis, raquetball, basketball, etc. The opportunity to perform publishable research as an undergrad definitely sets BYU apart from most undergraduate institutions. As an international student you can probably find returned missionaries who served in your country and know your language and culture, which is also unique to BYU.

4 College Senior

Majors: As a civil engineering major, I think our program is very competitive. The quality of education you get here is on par with the best institutions, though are rankings lag behind actual performance. The curriculum is demanding, and the professors are all experts in their field, and for the most part very interested in their students. I have interned at the Idaho National Lab, Salt Lake City Public Utilities, and with a geotechnical firm in Alaska, and all were impressed with what I knew and felt I could contribute more than they expected.

5 College Senior

Academics: BYU is probably the best education you can get for the price anywhere. Setting price aside, it is a world class institution, with the second best college library in the U.S., top buisiness school and highly ranked law school, and great undergraduate education. One significant benefit to undergraduate education is the opportunity to participate in mentored learning and actually perform publishable research as an undergraduate, which is extremely rare for undergraduate education.

4 College Senior

Weather: As a cultivated desert environment, the days can get hot and the nights cool, but the temperature stays fairly comfortable. We do get snow, usually once in October and once in April, with several snow storms in December-February, but it rarely stays on the ground in the valley. If you like to ski Utah has some of the best skiing in the world and it is very accessible.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are restaurants representing cuisine from all over the world near campus. Part of the benefits of having so many returned missionaries who have served in 160+ countries is having a good diversity of food and experiences.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: We don't drink or anything like that. It's all just good clean fun. The university is always throwing some kind of event or other. There's concerts, sporting events, hanging out, movies, random games.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Drinking and drugs are not allowed on campus or in on campus housing. Without these things, crime rate is lowered. The biggest crime here is cut bike locks, so just make sure you have one on your bike. Not once while being here have I felt scared or unsafe. It is a great place to learn.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Student Life here is great!! There is a real sense of community on campus. Going to sporting events is very popular and the university really maintains its facilities. (They just updated the Marriott Center!) Lots of students are employed by the university so the facilities are very clean. The student gym was just remodeled, though the women's gym is very much lacking. The Cougareat in the Wilkinson Center is great. (The busiest Subway in the world is there!) BYU is one of the best college campuses I've ever been to!

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: On-Campus Housing is awesome! BYU offers a lot of options from dorms to apartments for undergrads. Mostly freshman live in On-Campus Housing and weird upperclassman. The Residence Life Team is great and the RA's provide a lot of support. I loved living on campus!

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: There's a lot to do in the area. Unfortunately, you really need a car to go anywhere. Activities include lots of concerts, plays, and parties. I haven't really found alcohol an issue at parties around town; so, if you're interested in partying with alcohol don't come here!

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Surrounded by Good – BYU is a school that mostly consists of members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love the feeling of being surrounded by those that believe the same things as me as well as having the same campus pride. By being surround by those that believe the same thing, I never feel out of place because I'm not worried about typical college social pressures such as drinking.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: No Bars or Clubs – I don't know of any clubs and if there are bars you really won't see a BYU student going to one. BUT, there are a lot of other fun things to do. BYU has performances in the Art Building, many museums, a dollar theater on campus, an International Theater, an movie theater where you can watch really old classic movies, comedy group performances, club activities, and there are student dances all over campus. Also in Provo, there is a cheap movie theater where with a Student ID you can watch a movie for a little over a dollar. There are also two malls near BYU, takes about 50min walk, but there is also an UTA bus system and students can rent cars from Hertz, charged by the hour. There are bike lands in Provo, it's just kind of hard to find a bike rack sometimes. There are LOADS of places to eat in Provo, one of the greatest streets is University Ave and anything around the County Seat building area. BYU also has a bowling ally on campus and three pool tables. Near BYU is also the Provo Temple and they are building another temple nearby. Also there is Rock Canyon Park which is a lot of fun to hike around, you can also hike the Y at night. Also there is a very famous mexican cafe called Cafe Rio which I hear is really good. Other student favorites is J-Dawgs and The Brick Oven (Pizza).

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5 College Junior

Majors: Pretty Competitive – To apply and enter the Marriott School of Business, it is highly competitive and you have to network extensively and receive the highest possible grades.

College Junior

Majors: Haven't Had One – I know that they are fairly easy to get into within the colleges. They are always willing to help you find one that fits to your needs.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Even though BYU is located in the deserts of Utah the landscaping and the buildings are all beautiful. I love green things, so it makes a nice atmosphere for the campus.


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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
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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