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Reviews 4767 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Good Luck – I graduated from high school with a 3.8 unweighted GPA, and was not eligible to receive any academic scholarship from BYU. The general application process itself is pretty smooth, and if you get good grades, participate in extracurricular activities, and show some evidence of financial need, you'll get a scholarship. There are more specific scholarships offered by individual programs as well, but they take a little more searching and I don't know much about the application process or availability. Same with loans; having never taken one out, I don't know how it works.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: College Town – Provo is definitely what you would call a college town. The university is located right in the center. There are lots of parks and nice areas in the city off-campus, and great places for hiking, camping, rock climbing and other outdoor activities are only a short drive away. There is plenty to do both on and off campus. The only downside is that there aren't many convenient places to go grocery shopping if you don't have a car, and the smaller convenience stores close to campus tend to be more expensive.

3 College Student

Nightlife: If you're looking for drugs, sex, and alcohol, you can find it. But good luck finding friends to do it with you and remember there will always be people willing to tell the honor code office. If you're just looking for a night to have some fun, however, there is plenty to do! Are 51 is a pretty popular club in SLC that has a very popular 80's night every Thursday. You can also go to other various clubs such as CandyLand to have a good time. If you don't grind, however, you might be looking at a fiarly awkward and uncomfortable situation. Other than that people just hangout, go on adventures or go to parties at night. 7 Peaks has a dance party every Friday night that is a lot of fun if you can get enough college kids there. Usually it is packed with high schoolers, it is another grinding party, but if you're not into that you can hit about half the slides with no lines at all. Only 4$ for girls and 8$ for guys. If these don't appeal, try going off roading, camping, having a bonfire at Utah Lake, going to any of the UVU parties, or maybe heading up to squaw peak. The view is beautiful and you are almost always guaranteed a NCMO.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Labs for All Occasions – I've so far been nothing but impressed with all the standard computer labs here on campus. Not only is there always one nearby, but the software is almost always up-to-date and the network speed is great except in very rare cases. Printing is also affordable and readily available, with printing kiosks in the main areas of most buildings, even the ones that don't have open-access labs.
But what makes BYU shine as far as technology goes is its specialized computer labs. For example, there is a lab on campus with computers connected to MIDI keyboards and sporting the latest versions of the best music notation, recording and editing software. This lab is intended for use by music composition and recording majors, but it is open for anybody to use and during certain hours there are TAs there to help you learn how to use the software. I know there is also a programming lab that offers the same kinds of resources.
Even though it is convenient to own a personal computer, especially during midterms and finals when the labs tend to get crowded, you can get by just fine without one.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Great Security – BYU's campus feels so safe all the time; I've never had any trouble or even felt nervous walking across campus, either during the day or late at night. Also, since I work at the university's art museum, I come into contact a lot with security guards. They are always polite and helpful, and this goes for security guards all across campus, not just the ones in the museum. Last night I needed to return some books to the library, but I arrived just minutes after it closed. I crossed paths with a security guard as he was checking the grounds outside. He noticed my armful of books and asked if I wanted him to return them for me since he was going back into the building. So helpful!
I've never had to call the Campus Police for anything, but I take that as a good sign.

4 College Senior

Majors: What We Do, We Do Well – While you may not find all the programs that are offered at other schools, those which are at BYU are excellent. Professors and students are encouraged to stay at the forefront of their fields by attending conferences and learning in a very dynamic, hands-on manner.

2 College Senior

Parking: Never Anywhere to Park – Trying to find a parking space at BYU is always difficult. It always seems as though there are more than enough service and faculty spots available but never enough student spaces. If you park in the available spaces, be ready for a $30 ticket! There needs to be more student spaces; a problem solved with a parking garage.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Religion School – BYU is a Latter Day Saints religion school, as far as other religions it is very rare to see someone outside of the religion. Also most of the students are white, and since it is a religion school they are not very accepting outside of heterosexual relationships.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Elementary Education – The ElEd program is beyond incredible. Not only are the professors willing to work with you, but the general staff is great at getting things done.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A Little Intimidating – There seems to be constant competition between all the girls to see who can get the boys first. It's kind of entertaining to watch, but stressful when you try to participate.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Utah weather is completely unpredictable, but in general, summer is hot and dry and winter is cold with a bit of snow. Spring and Autumn are generally beautiful with rain and the normal flowers and leaves.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of computer labs on campus. They have a lot of public access ones, but they also have ones for specific majors and you can almost always find one open. The only downside is the internet. Depending on where you are on campus, the internet is slow.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Freshman Domain – Living in the dorms when you are a freshman is a MUST. Not only is the cost a lot cheaper, but this is where you make your lasting friendships at BYU and find people to live with for the upcoming years. It is practically a rite of passage to live in the dorms when you are a freshman. I lived in Wyview and it was one of the best times at BYU. I wouldn't want to live there again, as I will never be a freshman again, but I wouldn't trade my experience there for anything.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do outside here, during both warm and cold times of the year. There is rock-climbing and hiking in the summer and skiing and sledding in the winter.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's a WINTER WONDERLAND! The weather here is great, if you don't mind the snow! I love it! Though you won't get as much snow as Northern Utah, it still snows quite a bit throughout Fall and Winter semesters. It's beautiful and fun. I love it!

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Too Expensive for Such Poor Quality – BYU does not protect from high rent like they claim

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: The Usual Isn't Tolerated – Because of the LDS culture at BYU, students are not pressured to drink or smoke or engage in activities commonly participated in at other schools. This removes a lot of the pressure from students who don't have to worry about that stuff and are left free to pursue their studies and enjoy life--to do good things.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Great Campus – The first thing about BYU that you notice is that the place is clean and beautifully maintained. This is a place where generally speaking the entire student/staff population care about maintaining a space that is visually beautiful and well cared for. The landscaping is beautiful, and there are some great spaces--both private and more public. The library is very nice with lots of space and general accessibility. Campus events are fun and students are happy. The student center is a hopping place, and there's always something going on. It could use a few flash mobs from time to time but it's really a very beautiful, friendly place.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Could Use Some More – The food in Provo is fairly predictable with plenty of the chain-type restaurants (Olive Garden, Magleby's, etc.) and spotty exceptional food. In other words, you can always get a good meal; sometimes you can find a great meal. Mostly you can find plenty of adequate food and lots of nice serving people. For a really fine meal, you'd need to go to Salt Lake.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Town Loves the School – Provo revolves around BYU, making it the center of attraction here. There is a lot of culture going on with several playhouses, sports arenas, lots of great family activities, outdoor sports and a generally very friendly, happy place. Because so many families live in Provo, there's always plenty going on and lots of nice folks to do things with.

5 College Senior

Weather: Lots of Sun – It's hard to beat the mountains surrounding the campus, especially when the sun graces the hills so often and so warmly. It's cold in the winter with lots of snow, but the sun has a way of making even the coldest days OK. Summers can be hot, but since it's dry in Utah, the humidity isn't a problem so the days are very bearable. Sun, mountains, and blue skies make this place beautiful.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Cost and Location - Lots of Variety – One of the best things about housing at BYU is that it is fairly well controlled to insure a fairly consistent quality across the board. For the most part, the city is safe and clean, and the apartment choices reflect that same standard. Landlords tend to be reasonable people, and costs are among the lower rates in colleges across the U.S. A negative is that there is a shortage of places where it's possible to find something a little out of the ordinary, mainly because those kinds of places don't get the official stamp of approval. As a result, the offerings are a bit on the boring side. For the most part, however, the quality is consistent (if boring) with a well-kept, safe city where the choices reflect those ideals.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Loved It – I love BYU! I was very worried coming here, that it would be a bunch of snooty mormons, holier-than-thou types, but I couldn't have been more wrong. It has a great social atmosphere and it's neat to be part of such a large school. It's great!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people at BYU are pleasantly and surprisingly normal despite the high concentration of LDS people all in one place, which an at first seem intimidating. The girls are generally very attractive, and yet very modest. The people are generally nice, looking to date, and many are looking to get married. If you are looking for a one night stand, that would take a bit more work. There is a small number of students who are very prideful/arrogant about the way they live their religion etc., which is why i give an A- rather than an A

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone Is Attractive – Almost everyone on this campus takes care of themselves and pays attention to how they dress. There are always the exceptions, but for the most part you'll be surrounded with all types of people who are very attractive. One downfall though, BYU has a high percentage of married students, so if you're looking for a date look for a ring or look for underclassmen. A lot of the upperclassmen will already be married.


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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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