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Provo, UT
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$4,710
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: NON EXISTENT. This is religious private school... so expect to be home by 11:00 PM from a single adult activity of mini golfing. A few music indie venues in downtown provo that's growing but they close around 11:00 PM. After 12, it's dead.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Canon Center – It's pretty good... i believe it's 8 dollars to get in to eat an all you can eat buffet during dinner time. The only downside is you can't sneak food out and are required to leave your backpack outside... the chances of someone stealing your laptop while you're eating suddenly becoming very high.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The HBLL (The Library) – The library is huge and there is plenty of space to study. There are certain areas where students can talk, eat food or even listen to classical music. The only downside? It's not open very late during non finals weeks

4 College Senior

Athletics: You name it, BYU has it: Football, Basketball (Jimmer!), Volleyball. The fan sections are always packed and there is a lot of free stuff. You can enroll in everything from Swimming and Ballroom dancing to Flyfishing.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is a unique atmosphere, by far. You will meet a lot of uppety-Mormons (probably because they are the most outgoing) but there are the few of us who claim to be somewhat normal. Socially, there are different types of people and you will find your niche. Academically, fantastic! It is the reason I am here. Athletics are the most fun and there are so many options.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I eat my way through life. It is the best way to live. There are plenty of options around! There are the usual cheap burger places (a few of which will knock your socks off). Then there are the sit-down chains such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, etc. And of course, there are the high-up places that are so expensive no average college student would go there on a Friday night just to make their wallet lighter.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics at BYU are fantastic. The professors are always willing to help out if you seek it. There are the general education credits that are tedious and will most likely do nothing for you in your future career, but that is every school. Once you get in your major classes, it is a blast! However, you are required to take Religion courses as a part of your GEs. I feel the religion professors are the most difficult because they are trying to compensate for the fact that most of their students would not take the class if it were not required.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: BYU is absolutely SPECTACULAR! The classes, while challenging, are very interesting and applicable. I honestly feel very smart when I'm just thinking about things. The people here are very friendly and helpful, as are the teachers. It has whatever you need. If you want a social life, you will find one. If you prefer school, that's fine too. I love BYU!!!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking isn't really a huge issue, but once you park, you still need to walk a bit to get places. There's not really a need for a car on campus, more to get from your apartment to campus. I would use a bicycle instead, unless you live several miles from campus, which most people aren't.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Love It! BYU is great with security! Mostly it's because of the students. The integrity of students here is spectacular, there's hardly any need for police. The worst thing I've even heard of here is people throwing water at freshman. I don't here about thefts or physical altercations. You can wander campus late at night without being worried for your safety, with the slight exception of the hill on the south end of campus, but if you feel unsafe at all, you can call campus police and ask them to walk you anywhere.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Lots of Fish in the Sea! WooHoo! Had a date every weekend with a GREAT guy.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Definitely Go South of Campus! Tons of places to hang out and be social, but it's close enough to campus that you can get away and study.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus are varied and close. Not hard to find a place to eat.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Fall and spring are super nice around campus! Winters can get kind of sketchy, just depending on how much snow there is. Even when there is snow, BYU does a great job of clearing sidewalks, etc. to make things easier for students, but cold weather can be kind of a bummer

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: ...Only If You're Mormon – Since BYU is run by the LDS Church, students are expected to live according to certain standards: no drinking, drugs, pre-marital sex, etc. For LDS students and others interested in avoiding those things, the nightlife is great! You can go to a party or dance and not worry about being subjected to alcohol, drugs, and other riff raff. But for those not looking to avoid that, then the nightlife would be rather drab. So, it all depends on a person's disposition and perspective.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Variety! Off-campus housing at BYU is awesome! There's a wide variety of expensive, really cheap, and moderately priced apartments, houses, etc. Some complexes are known as being super social, others not so much, so pretty much whatever social scene you're into, there's a complex for you! If you want to live within walking distance, there's apartments for you! And if you want to live farther away, there's tons of those, too!

In a word, off-campus housing is great and there's something for everyone!

5 College Junior

Majors: There Are So Many Choices as to What Kind of Internship You Can Have. I have had a non-paid internship for a year now. I have had the opportunity to work at one of 11 in the world, intensive care physical therapy offices. It has very flexible hours. Depending on the semester I worked 5-8 hours a week but some worked more or less. I worked under one of the best physical therapists in Utah and he was more than willing to take the time to explain how and why he did certain things and what different things meant. It has been the best experience for me and helped assure that what I thought I wanted is actually what I want to do. It has also been very convenient because the office is only a block and a half west of campus so I can walk if I need or want to.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Here at BYU we abstain from drinking and wild parties. We have activities at least once a week if not more provided for us by the school. All Parties end by midnight or at the latest 1:30am. This is due to our honor code. Each student signs the honor code each year in order to attend BYU. In this we agree to live by the standards of the church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints. Of course they do not take away our agency to choose, but because we all sign and agree not to, there are virtually no bars or clubs in the area.

4 College Junior

Academics: Exercise Science Forces You to Work Hard and Provides Oportunities to Get a Head Start Into the Field. Exercise Science at BYU is difficult. There are so many great students competing with you and they force you to work hard but they are so kind that together, with your classmates we can all succeed. BYU provides so many opportunities to help you get job experience. The faculty is great and provide opportunities for the students to get undergrad research experience. Also there are a lot of places around in Utah county up through Salt Lake area who are so willing to work with BYU students, due to their past experiences with the school and students, and to allow them to work under then and learn hands on in the field.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: BYU's full of overachievers, so unless you get near a 4.0 it's pretty much impossible to get a scholarship as a continuing student. The system's well set up though, scholarship money just goes into your student account where tuition and other fees get charged to. Generous need-based aid is also available.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: If you've kept up with college basketball in the past while, you know that BYU had Jimmer. Our rabid fans spawned a huge craze that swept the nation, and that enthusiasm continues--even without Jimmer. The student section is always loud, on their feet, and in true Cougar blue. I've seen earplugs being handed out because the students are so spirited. While we don't always win, we've got solid teams in all areas.
Intramural sports are popular as well, especially ultimate frisbee. The athletic facilities on campus are top quality and are free for student use. Students can also sign up for classes like yoga, zumba, swimming, racquetball, etc.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Dedicated Faculty – The professors I've had so far have been incredible. I'd walk out of lectures just trying to let what I'd just heard fully sink in. Some of the classes I've taken have changed my worldview. BYU's got faculty from all different walks in life--and some gave up jobs that were more prestigious and well-paying to come teach.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BYU is not very well known outside of certain circles, but many do not realize how incredible BYU is. We have one of the only Supercomputers in the country that isn't government run or owned. We have the largest foreign language learning program in the entire U.S.A. The religious education here is pretty fantastic, but of course it is biased in terms of educating or representing the LDS (Latter-day Saint) perspective. We have a great Law program, although small, here. Great sports programs with national awards and well recognized programs, although they've been cut since Title IX. On campus housing is all being redone and it's great! There isn't really a party scene per se here, after all we have been rated the #1 stone cold sober college/university in the country for I don't know how many years in a row, but it is an amazing place if you try to experience the BYU education. I love the Tuesday 11am Devotionals/Forums where the entire campus shuts down to go hear a famous speaker make an address of one kind or another. That's one thing I'll miss when I leave because they are so uplifting or inspiring but also informative.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: BYU is a religious institution owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so most who attend are LDS (Latter-day Saints) or Mormons. However, BYU does have the largest language program in the country and so there is diversity here. Student population is about 36,000 students of all ages, although they do tend to be younger in general. There are a fair number of Middle Easterners, Asians, and Pacific Islanders who attend but not a huge number.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap Compared to Other Top Universities but Average in U.S. The housing options are varied in and around the University. A lot of old stuff, but newer construction is all around, so in a few years there should be a lot of really nice, newer condos or apartments. The newer stuff is of course more expensive ranging in apartments for a single person $375-$500/month, and condos $650-$1000/month. You can find places as cheap as $250/month, but I wouldn't want to live there myself. Most places are centrally located so you are either within walking distance to campus or other events, or can you easily access public transportation. The only thing the city of Provo and Brigham Young University are short on all over the place is parking though; so if you have a car, expect to fight or wait for parking spots because they are in demand!

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Caitlin Bronson
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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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