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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Warning: Hipsters Ahead! On Urban Dictionary, you'll find a term called "Mormon hipster." (I kid you not.) These creatures can be found at BYU by the herdful. The guys have a fairly homogeneous predilection for skinny jeans and "ironic" mustaches. Today, I talked to a boy wearing a middle school "Dare to say no to drugs" shirt, a leather beaded pouch, and a Newsie cap. This alternative gear is pretty standard. The girls all seem to worship Zooey Deschanel, and their bangs and vintage garb shows it. If you want to fit in, listen to Fleet Foxes, She & Him, and for good measure a really obscure band from the 80s no one has heard of, just to be suitably "ironic."

"A" for "well, at least you try hard."

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Those that claim to love their Freshmen dorms are usually - without fail, in fact - typically ebullient Mormons. You know the type: fresh-faced with a love for Micheal Buble and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. But you're close to campus, you're forced to get to know your roommates well because of the close contact, and the Creamery on 9th Street is close as well - if you can brave the fresh faced and bushy tailed Mormons, then this is the place for you!

If you're looking for a slightly more "alternative" experience, I suggest looking for off-campus housing. This is otherwise known as "BYU hipster land." These are the mustachioed, skinny-jeand, Bon Iver-listening crew that you'll find hanging out at Muse Music, Velour, and the other great music venues here.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: 4 Seasons – I like having 4 seasons. Winter is cold and snowy-as winter should be. Summer is hot and the time to swim. Spring can see some showers but the weather is nice. Fall is beautiful. The surrounding mountains turn beautiful shades of oranges and reds. I like the changing weather.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Quiet, Safe and Mellow. Campus and the surrounding neighborhoods are very safe and quiet. Shopping can be done on or near campus or at the University Mall. You're right next to the mountains so camping and other outdoor activities are always within reach. When it's warm, 7 Peaks water park is fun. It's a very happy and calm atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very Strict but You Get What You Sign up for – The rules are very strict due to the honor code you sign when you enroll, but it is just that: an honor code. It is something you are agreeing to do, and if you find that it is too strict, then this isn't the school for you.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports games are a blast! Pretty much every sport has die hard fans and everyone supports the teams, especially football and basketball. Jimmer Freddette was amazing! We also have amazing facilities to practice and work in not to mention great intramural leagues.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I love it at BYU. People are very easy to talk to and the girls are awesome. They are good looking and smart. They also have standards higher than most people.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on BYU campus. There are strict guidelines that everyone is supposed to follow and for the most part everyone does. People are very friendly and there isn't much of vandalism or anything like that.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Worry-Free Zone – I like being able to go to events and not worry a bit about getting, drugged, drunk, or raped. I can have fun with my friends without worrying about my safety.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strict, but Necessarily So – BYU is strict but that is because we signed the Honor code when we chose to come here. It's worth it to be at a university where you know you'll never run into trouble.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Very Accepting Campus – BYU is a great place for acceptance regarding diversity. Religion is probably the only thing that might not be the same way - most people are LDS and those that aren't are looked at as a possible convert. Which isn't a bad thing, just a fact.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The honors program lets overachievers still feel like they are overachieving. The classes are great. Everyone is so friendly and nice and willing to help you out. Most everyone has the same high morals and standards which is fantastic. Dating is a blast and living off campus makes the experience that much more amazing.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is cold here right now and depending on where your classes are, you have to walk through the rain or snow all the way across campus. In the summer, it is hot. The spring however is wonderful and everyone is outside. The weather switches at times and it will be warm one day and freezing the next

2 College Junior

Nightlife: Not So Much – The atmosphere at byu/Provo doesn't include a lot of bars or clubs though you can find a few if you're interested and look hard. A lot of the shops close early, but restaurants and house parties are pretty common and run late.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good Variety, but a Little Pricey – There is a good variety of food to be found on campus, including: a nice cafeteria, a food court, a few nicer small places, and one extremely nice eating place. All of these are a little pricey though. I found the meal card to be a waste of money also. More often, I frequented the small corner food mart on campus. The food off campus is great though! So many options!

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Use common sense and you're fine. There are a few remote paths on campus that are not safe to wander down by yourself at night, but these are marked pretty clearly. Lock doors to avoid petty theft. I always felt safe on campus though.

College Student

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, and frankly haven't become very well informed yet. However, from research and talking with Professors and other students I do know that internships are plentiful and highly encouraged.

4 College Student

Weather: Depending on the time of year, Provo can be both great and miserable depending on the weather. Summer is blisteringly hot and extremely dry (the humidity is almost non-existent). Fall is perfect, and winter is extremely cold & snowy which is exciting at first, but gets old after a while. Spring is also pretty pleasant. The perfect time of year is the transition between Summer & Fall when everything is perfect.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Provo Utah is a fantastic location for a University Student. Like most college towns, local businesses and entertainment centers cater heavily to students offering low prices and availability. The opportunities are endless. Also, with the Wasatch Mountains literally in our backyard there is great hiking, camping, fishing, skiing & snowboarding all within 20 minutes of driving from campus. The Pizza Pie cafe is a must visit in Provo.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love it here. There are always things going on, but places to study when you need to. The staff is the best I've ever met. Just last week I showed my professor I bubbled 2 test questions wrong, but had it right on my paper. He gave me full points back without even questioning. They trust you here. I love it!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It is hard to get cheap housing near campus. I was lucky and got into Regency, which chooses its tennants with a raffle. There is plenty of housing if you want to live further away or have a little more money. There are some very helpful websites that will show you the availability of BYU housing.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Provo is a great city if you are the type of person who likes a safe neighborhood where strangers feel comfortable talking to eachother. There are always free events (and often free food) going on. One problem is the driving conditions. People here are kinda dangerous and there isn't much parking near campus unless you are BYU staff.

3 College Junior

Parking: No cost for permit which is good, parking spaces are hard to come by if you come after 8 am.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is no drinking, no clubbing, parties are mostly just hanging out with friends.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Night Life – There isn't much of a night life here. The most fun that you will have is at house parties but as far as actual clubs or bars there aren't any. Its illegal to watch movies in public places on campus and visiting hours in the dorms are such that you can only be in a member of the opposite sexes room twice a week for two hours. So having a night life at the dorms is also difficult.


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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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