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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.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Zero Tolerance – At this highly honor-code oriented school, there really isn't much to worry about. As 99% of the student body is Mormon, the drug scene is not very prevalent and those who do use don't talk about it.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Free School – At BYU there is a moral code that everybody lives by. It is very different than your average university. You will have a great experience if you choose to go there.

4 College Senior

Computers: Mathematic Department Lucked Out – Every department accept for the mathematic department has excellent computers. Sadly, the mathematic department has computers that still run on Windows Vista, while everywhere else they are using the latest Mac computers.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Close walking distance to class and easy access to college amenities. It is also great because you are surrounded by friends all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Library and Study Areas – BYU has a huge library with a million different places to study. You can also find a lot of areas inside and outside all over campus to study as well.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Accounting Program – BYU has just revamped their accounting program and it is fantastic. Their teaching methods vary to help each student learn the material in effective ways.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Not for Commuters – BYU is very much a campus school with tons of housing. Bus or personal car are the only options for those few living further from campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tasty but Not Varied – So if you're into international cuisine, BYU rates pretty low. But if you like diner-style burgers and general American cuisine, it's good.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walking Is Your Best Option – The campus is not spread out all over the place, so there is no real need for transportation around campus. But to get to places off campus it is much harder. Buses aren't so convenient and taxis and rental stations are farther away and are more expensive.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I Feel Safe – I have never felt unsafe on campus. I have never heard of there ever being any crime in this school, and i doubt it would start any time soon.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Wasn't Very Easy to Access – I keep searching for a way to access financial aid, but it is difficult to understand the options, and then find a way to access those opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There is a vast number of computers available in campus (especially in the library), and they all have solid Internet service. Because of our LDS standards, inappropriate and illegal websites are blocked for good reason. Printing is also reasonably priced and easy to use, and color printing is no more expensive than B&W printing.

Some areas have weaker WiFi service, and others do not have the internet, which is perhaps to prevent cheating and distraction from class. Overall I am very satisfied with the computers, printers, and Internet service in the campus.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Honor Code – Students at BYU sign an honor code by which they live. This includes the avoidance of drugs and alcohol. There are some people who choose to go against what they originally agreed upon, but the use of drugs and alcohol is very minimal.

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors at BYU work to make sure basic principles are understood and applied. The workload is sometimes heavy but beneficial. The classes and curriculum is challenging and definitely leads to academic success.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Amazing and Strict at the Same Time – The BYU Honor Code can be considered strict to some, as it adheres to standards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As such, it promotes health, soberness, modesty, chastity, honesty, spirituality, and respect. Those who fail to follow the Honor Code are seriously disciplined, which can include expulsion. I'm not against that however; the honor code has strengthened me in both personal and spiritual ways.

My only beef against the code is the lack of beards, and the dress standards are actually slightly stricter than those mentioned in the Church pamphlet For the Strength of Youth. Overall, however, I'm am deeply satisfied.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: It's What You Make of It. I have fun with my friends doing a large variety of things. Others seem to be bored and unable to enjoy themselves. I think it just comes down to what you want and your choice to make it happen.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not Too Hard – The tuition cost for BYU is one of the lowest in the entire country. BYU makes note of and offers scholarships to students with a high GPA. The application didn't really take long for me to complete, and there are full of instructions to help.

If you want some financial aid directly from the school, you'll need to maintain a very high GPA. Upcoming freshmen will also need a high SAT or ACT score and some extracurricular activities. Or you could become a huge athletic star and perhaps BYU will pay you to join their team!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: All Are Welcome – While most BYU students are white and have a strong pioneer background, I have seen people of all ethnic backgrounds. I myself am Latino and have seen other Latinos, as well as those of African, Asian, Polynesian, and other ethnic backgrounds.

Since BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is a popular destination for LDS people, as the campus atmosphere adheres to the Church's beliefs and principles. However, people of all religions are invited to come to the school, as BYU does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, and other backgrounds and viewpoints.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Brigham Young University has an amazing academic program. The school has a wide variety of majors to choose from, each of them requiring an vigorous study of the subject, both in and out of class. However, the instructors and teaching aids are always there to help the students out whenever they struggle. BYU is committed to have every student reach success while promoting honesty and effort.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some New and Some Old Housing – BYU Housing offers a variety of choices, all located relatively close to campus. For freshmen, some of the dorms have recently been refurnished or rebuilt; however, some of the dorms are old and showing signs of wear and tear. I prefer the newer dorms, which are close to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Variety of People and Activities – There is such a diversity of people and activities that go on at Brigham Young University. People from all around the world attend this university, and it is fun to build friendships with those who come from a different culture than yourself. There are also a numerous amount of activities that take place on or nearby campus daily. Just up the Provo Canyon are several camping sites, areas to hike and picnic, and river rafting as well. Salt Lake City is a lively place if you're looking for some excitement, and is conveniently only forty-five minutes away. Temple Square, Energy Solutions Arena - home of the Utah Jazz -, and the City Creek Mall are just a few of the many attractions found in Salt Lake City.


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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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