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Reviews 4757 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Go Cougars! BYU sports are really great quality and are a big thing on campus. Football and Basketball are our two biggest and have the largest fan base who show up to games. During football season, you can guarantee that at least half the campus will be wearing school colors every Friday. Lacrosse and women's soccer are also very big here.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Only Freshman Live on Campus – There are two areas of on campus housing at BYU, but unlike every other university they're really only for freshman and transfer students. BYU puts a big emphasis on having you live on campus your first year since they focus a lot on getting you involved and acclimated. And they really are great, if you're a freshman. Upperclassmen are better suited for living in the multitudes of off-campus housing within the two mile radius around campus.

College Senior

Campus Strictness: Strict for a Reason – BYU is a church sanctioned school so when you come here you sign a contract saying you'll follow their 'Honor Code' which pertains to things like dress and appearance, alcohol and drug use, and academic honesty. Most of the students won't go near alcohol and drugs and if you get caught with them there's a chance you might get kicked out.

1 College Junior

Parking: HATE IT – Everyone always complains about the parking. Unless you have early morning classes it's generally kind of difficult to find decent parking that doesn't make you walk forever.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Very Competitive – I love the university and the professors, but sometimes the students are a little too competitive with their grades. I was applying for the nursing program and had a pretty decent GPA, but because it was below a 3.85 I wasn't accepted. Previous to applying, I was in a Chemistry class with all the other pre-nursing students, and while studying for a test with a friend, she was reluctant to fully help me because she was worried I might do better on the test. It's a competitive school, which encourages students to do their best, but it's hard to be competitive if you are a working student and can't give 100% of your time to studying.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Never Lived There – As a freshman I lived at home and attended a satellite campus so I never lived in the On campus housing

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: NO PARKING – the Public transportation is great, but if you take your own car down there, get used to never being able to find a parking spot, there is hardly any parking available at BYU and the parking enforcement is ridiculously strict.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great School – I love BYU, they provide an incredible education, especially for the incredibly low tuition costs. There is a little bit of arrogance among the students theres, but I suspect that exists at any college you go to.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Never Had a Problem With the Computer Labs – The computer labs are great. They stay pretty busy but I've always been able to find a computer when I needed one. The wireless access on campus is fast and I've never had a problem with printing. But I do believe it is a little overpriced. Having your own printer at school is nice but not necessary. And school will be lot easier though if you do have your own laptop.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We Could Do Better – Yes, we have a heated in state rivalry with the Aggies. No we do not always preform to the best of our abilities. I find that there is no comparison to the support the sports get. Families that don't have kids on the teams or at the university come to support and there is always a sense of unity. If anything, I would say that the consistency of the teams needs a tad bit of work.


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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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